VBQ Speakers

George Robertson - Keynote Speaker

Book Lord (George) Robertson as a keynote speaker. Lord George Robertson, Baron of Port Ellen, is a Labour peer and former Secretary General of NATO (1999-2004). For more information on geopolitics speaker George Robertson, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk on leo@vbqspeakers.com or 0044 7833 727090.




Speaker Themes

  • Global security

  • Geopolitics and international relations

  • Terrorism

  • The future of Europe

  • UK politics

  • Russia

  • Nuclear disarmament

  • Scottish politics





Lord George Robertson, Baron of Port Ellen, is a Labour peer and former Secretary General of NATO. Initially a Labour Member of Parliament for Hamilton and Hamilton South, Lord Robertson became Defence Secretary under Tony Blair after the 1997 general election. He served in this position for two years, before becoming the 10th Secretary General of NATO in 1999, a position he would hold until 2004.

Lord Robertson’s tenure as NATO Secretary General encompassed the September 11th attacks and the subsequent military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. For his work at NATO in the post-9/11 fallout, Lord Robertson was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Since stepping down from his NATO role, Lord Robertson has worked in a number of executive and advisory capacities. He is a Special Advisor to BP and Chairman of their Russian Investment arm, as well as Vice-Chairman at Cable and Wireless. He is currently a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and is a senior member of the Cohen Group in Washington D.C.


Lord Robertson was NATO’s Secretary General through a defining moment in 21st century geopolitics. His experience at the front line of international relations gives him a fascinating perspective on the key geopolitical risks and security issues facing the world today.


Lord George Robertson reflects on his reactions to the September 11 terrorist attacks, one of the defining moments of his tenure as NATO Secretary General. (2011)

Lord George Robertson gives another account of September 11, this time in a more personal vein, about his own feelings in announcing Article 5. (2014)

Lord Robertson is interviewed about the then upcoming Scottish referendum. (2014)