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Speaker(s): George Papandreou
Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge
Recorded on 3 February 2014 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Professor Amartya Sen, the Eva Colorni Trust and LSE are delighted to be hosting this year's Eva Colorni Memorial Lecture. The Colorni lectures are held regularly in memory of Eva Colorni, who taught economics at the former City of London Polytechnic - now incorporated into London Metropolitan University - until her early death in 1985. A collection of the earlier lectures is published by Oxford University Press, under the title Living As Equals. This year's lecture will be delivered by former prime minister of Greece, George Papandreou.
George Papandreou is president of Socialist International, a member of the Hellenic Parliament and former president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He served as the 11th prime minister of Greece from October 6 2009 – November 11 2011, after PASOK’s victory in the October 2009 national elections.
After completing his university studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts and graduate studies at London School of Economics and Political Science, Papandreou won an MP seat for the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) party in 1981. He has served in the Greek parliament ever since. He has held the posts of under-secretary for cultural affairs, minister for education, and minister for foreign affairs.
As education minister from 1994-1996, George Papandreou founded Open University in Greece, an innovative national effort to facilitate undergraduate and graduate distance learning.
As foreign minister from 1999–2004, he was widely praised for his diplomatic bridge building. He successfully negotiated better relations with former rival Turkey.
In 2004, Papandreou was elected leader of PASOK in the country's first open primary—a move highly symbolic of his commitment to participatory governance—and held that position until March 2012.
Papandreou is also the president of the Socialist International, an international association of political parties, of which PASOK is a member.
In 2012, Papandreou was named a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. In 2013, he served as a global fellow and adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs as well as a faculty member in the Master of Public Affairs program at Sciences Po in Paris.