Paddy Ashdown's keynotes focus on Ashdown's distinguished career as a British politician and diplomat. As a former Member of Parliament for Yovil from 1983 to 2001, Ashdown served as the leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until August 1999. Since then, he has held various posts such as the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ashdown served as a marine with the Royal Marines from 1959 until 1972. He then joined the Secret Intelligence Service and worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Upon that, Ashdown got involved with the United Nations and became well known within the international relations community.
Ashdown was awarded with being Knighted at the Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2006. Paddy Ashdwon's keynotes reflect the politician's experience and vast knowledge within the international realm.