Sir Simon McDonald on Delivering UK Foreign Policy

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A lecture by Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO, Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In his lecture, Sir Simon will discuss post-Brexit UK foreign policy, including promoting the influence of global Britain, strengthening our partnerships and supporting good governance, democracy, rule of law and human rights.

Speaker Biography

Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1982 and has served in Berlin, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn, Washington and Tel Aviv, and in a wide range of jobs in London. Before taking up his current role, Sir Simon served as the British Ambassador to Berlin from 2010 to 2015. He was the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser and Head of Foreign and Defence Policy in the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 to 2006 he was British Ambassador to Israel. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2014.

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