Biography 2005 Wilberforce Medallion winner George Coleridge-Taylor

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George Coleridge-Taylor was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 1932. Educated at Durham University, England and in France, Australia and the USA, he has been the Chairman of his country’s National Commission for Democracy and Human Rights since 1998.

He started his working life as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sierra Leone rising to the position of Permanent Secretary in 1970 and in 1977 he became the Administrative Head of the Sierra Leone Foreign Service representing his country at a variety of international bodies and gatherings including the UN General Assembly. He has held a number of offices with international bearing including being a Special Envoy for his country.

In 1987 he became a teaching Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Sierra Leone specialising in Human Rights, Bio-Ethics, Business Ethics and African Philosophy and has written extensively on issues relating to education, Africa and human rights.

Having lived in the UK, USA, Australia, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia, he has a unique and experienced perspective of democracy and governance.

He is widowed with 7 children.