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November 16, 2021

Columbia partner Weston Adams will moderate a panel exploring the path forward for SEEM and its potential impacts on renewable energy projects during the Southeast Renewable Energy Summit.

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Philip Lader

Philip Lader

Retired Partner

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Philip, the former US Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, is a retired partner at Nelson Mullins.

Philip, the former US Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, is a retired partner at Nelson Mullins.

Philip Lader

Philip, the former US Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, is a retired partner at Nelson Mullins.


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  • Experience counseling corporate clients regarding:
    • Corporate governance and strategy
    • International and public policy matters
    • Large-scale land, real estate and recreation assets
    • Fast-growth technologies businesses' development and expansion

Previous Professional Experience

  • Chairman, WPP plc (including Ogilvy & Mather, J. Walter Thompson, Gray, Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller and other companies, with 205,000 employees in 105 countries) (2001–2015)
  • Senior Adviser, Morgan Stanley Investment Banking (Member of Investment Committees, Global Infrastructure & Real Estate Funds)
  • Senior Adviser, Palantir Technologies
  • Member, Board of Directors, Lloyds of London (2004–2010), Marathon Oil (2002–2018), AES (2001–2017), Rusal (2008–2018), Minerva (2013–current), Songbird Estates plc (Canary Wharf) (2008–2011), Duck Creek Technologies (2007–2011)
  • President, GOSL Land Assets Mgmt. & Executive Vice President, GOSL (Sir James Goldsmith's US holdings, including America's then–largest privately–held landholdings, sixth-largest forest products company, largest computer supplies company and other diverse interests)
  • President, Sea Pines Company (developer/operator of award winning resort/recreation communities)
  • President, Bond University (Australia's first private university, 1991–1992)
  • President, Winthrop University (1983–1986)


  • Harvard Law School, JD (1972)
  • University of Oxford, Graduate Studies in Law (1968)
  • University of Michigan, MA (1967)
  • Duke University, BA (1966)


  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Paul H. Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1972 - 1973)
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  • Honorary Bencher, Middle Temple (British Inns of Court)
  • Honorary doctorates awarded by 14 universities & colleges
  • BritishAmerican Business Inc. Founders Award (2016)
  • Rotary International’s 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award
  • Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers & Sciences’ 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal (in recognition of contributions to trans–Atlantic relations)
  • Honorary Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford University, London Business School, and John Moores University
  • Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in Large–scale Community Development (1983)
  • Council for the Advancement & Support of Education’s National Gold Medal for “General Improvement in Programs” (1986, as president of then–Winthrop College)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Founder & Host, Renaissance Weekends (non–partisan family retreats for innovative leaders) (1981–present)
  • Vice Chairman (2010–2011) and Trustee (2001–current), RAND Corporation
  • Trustee, Smithsonian Museum of American History (2007–2017)
  • Trustee, British Museum (2001–2006)
  • Trustee, St. Paul’s Cathedral (London) Foundation (2001–2010)
  • Director, American Red Cross (1995–1996)
  • President, Business Executives for National Security (1989–1990)
  • John C. West Professor of Government & International Relations, The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) (2001–2006)
  • Chairman (1996–1997) and Member (1980–2000), Board of Visitors, Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy
  • Member, Board of Overseers’ Visiting Committee, Harvard Law School (2005–2011)
  • Member, International Advisory Council, Columbia University (2007–present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Yale Divinity School (2007–present)
  • Trustee, Salzburg Global Seminar (2006–present)
  • Trustee, Bankinter Foundation for Innovation in Spain (2005–present)
  • Director, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (1981–1983)
  • Trustee, College of Charleston, Lander College, Francis Marion College (1989–1993)
  • Trustee, Brown University's Watson Institute for International Affairs
  • U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s (1997–2001)
  • Member, President Clinton’s Cabinet (1994–1997)
  • White House Deputy Chief of Staff & Assistant to the President (1993–1994)
  • Deputy Director for Management, U.S. Office of Management & Budget (1993)
  • Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration (1994–1997)
  • Confirmed unanimously three times by the U.S. Senate
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