Ambassador Extraordinary

Professor Stephen Chan OBE


East & South East for Labour is proud to announce the establishment of the Ambassador Extraordinary, Eminent Labour People Panel. Members of the panel are eminent people supporting Labour values, and at the top of their profession.

Lord Sonny Leong, Vice Chair of ESEA4Labour says "These people are perfect role models for our younger generation. They are Labour Party members or supporters who believe in our values of fairness, social justice and equality of opportunities."

Professor Stephen Chan is widely respected as a distinguished academic who has made a major contribution to the academic understanding of international politics in general and African politics in particular. He has also made a significant impact on political developments in Africa through his involvement in high-level diplomacy and actions and advice on the ground.

The firstborn son of Chinese refugees to New Zealand, Stephen Chan was a national student president, publisher, newspaper editor and international civil servant before he became an academic, first in Africa and later in Britain.

He was awarded an OBE for 'services to Africa and to higher education' in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours’ list.

Dr Stephen Chan ( is Professor of International Relations at School of African & Oriental Studies, University of London. He began his academic career as a lecturer in International Relations at University of Zambia in 1983 then worked briefly as a visiting lecturer at the University of Wellington before moving on to academic posts at the University of Kent, then Nottingham Trent University, where he was Dean of Humanities. He joined SOAS in 2002 as Professor of International Relations and served as Dean of Law & Social Sciences for five years from 2002 to 2007. Professor Chan has published 27 books on international relations and more than 200 articles and reviews in the academic and specialist press, as well as over 100 journalistic feature articles. Particularly notable are his 2002 biography of Mugabe (Robert Mugabe: A Life of Power and Violence), his 1991 book on Zambian issues (Kaunda and Southern Africa: Image and Reality in Foreign Policy) and his 2006 volume of interviews with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (Citizen of Africa: Conversations with Morgan Tsvangirai). His most recent work is The End of Certainty.

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