Des Browne - Keynote Speaker

Lord Browne of Ladyton (Des Browne) is Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and a former Cabinet minister in the United Kingdom. Lord Browne is a member of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) for the CTBT.


Lord Browne served as Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. In 2001, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and in 2003 as Minister of State for Work at the Department for Work and Pensions. In 2004 Lord Browne was appointed Minister for Immigration and Citizenship at the Home Office. Following re-election in 2005, he joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was appointed to the Privy Council.


In 2006 Lord Browne was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, and from 2007 to 2008 he combined this role with the role of Secretary of State for Scotland. In October 2008 he returned to the backbenches and was appointed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka. He also served on the first Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.


From October 2009 until March 2014, he was Convenor of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Multi-Lateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. He co-founded the European Leadership Network and has been the Chair of its Board of Trustees and Directors since its inception. In July 2010 he was introduced to the House of Lords. Lord Browne was invited by CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo to join the newly established GEM to promote entry into force of the CTBT.


In 2014 the NTI announced Lord Browne’s current role as NTI’s Vice Chairman. In this role, he helps to shape NTI’s strategic direction, including long term planning and international outreach.