Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh "is the Centennial Professor in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE and emeritus professor of political theory at the University of Hull, has held visiting professorships at the universities of British Columbia, Concordia, McGill, Harvard, Pompeau Febra, Pennsylvania and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. He was vice-chancellor of the University of Baroda from 1981-84.
"A frequent broadcaster on radio and TV, he has written for the national press on race relations and political events in Britain. He was chair of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, whose report was published in October 2000. Professor Parekh was elected British Asian of the Year in 1992, was awarded the BBC's prestigious Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Asians in November 1999 and was appointed to the House of Lords in March 2000.
"His many books include: Hannah Arendt and the Search for a New Political Philosophy (1981), Marx's Theory of Ideology (1982), and, most recently, Rethinking Multiculturalism (2000) and Gandhi (2001). As well as serving on many public bodies, Professor Parekh is a trustee of, among others, the Runnymede Trust, the Institute of Public Policy Research, and the Anne Frank Educational Trust."