Lord Hain was a Cabinet Minister for seven years and a government minister for five years, holding a number of positions including Foreign Minister, Europe Minister and Energy Minister. During this time, he gained significant experience in diplomacy, negotiation and conflict resolution. He is due to become a Member of the House of Lords in October 2015. Lord Hain has also held various directorships including positions with Amara Mining PLC, Developing Markets Associates Ltd, ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator and IDM Africa Business School. He is heavily involved in charitable organisations and is Ambassador to the Desmond Tutu Foundation, which aims to build peace in fractured communities, Chairman of Donald Woods Foundation, which does ground-breaking health and schools work in one of South Africa's poorest areas and a Trustee of the Listen Charity, fundraising for anti-poverty projects.