As part of our #HeForShe series, Isabela Barriga interviews Andy Rabens, Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues at the U.S. Department of State, about his advocacy on youth in global issues, championing women in foreign policy and how overcoming a lisp in his youth made him aware of the importance of finding his voice.Read More
Interviews / Diplomacy
Inspired by Madeleine Albright, Laila Hasan joined the Foreign Service in 2010, specializing in counter-terrorism. She spoke to Lucie Goulet about how she was influenced by 9/11, being a role model for the minorities she liaises with in her job and picking her assignments.Read More
Fanny Trang is an American-Belgian national working at the British Embassy in Paris. With five years' experience in digital and a degree from the United Nations University, she now looks after the Embassy's communications strategy. Interview by Lucie Goulet.Read More
With over 17 years' experience in the Civil Service, Ruth Shaw talks to Women in Foreign Policy founder Lucie Goulet about managing big teams, leading in times of change and working in male-dominated environments. She also shares the best advice she has received from her mentors and tips for applying to the foreign office.Read More
After years working throughout the Middle East, including as HM Ambassador to Yemen, Jane Marriott is now heading the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit. She spoke to Lucie Goulet about the skills required to be a great diplomat, the process of becoming an ambassador and her career in some of the world's toughest countries.Read More
COUNSELLOR, POLITICAL SECTION OF THE EMBASSY OF ROMANIA IN LONDON
You’re a counsellor at the Romanian Embassy in London. What does it entail?
I’ve been working as counsellor at the Political Section of the Romanian Embassy in London since summer 2009, but now I am about to end my posting here, after five splendid years. The London posting is what we call a bilateral diplomacy posting, and it is in the hands of the diplomats from the Political Section of an Embassy to carry on with the relationship between the two countries, trying to enrich it. My portfolio is quite mixed, including both internal and foreign affairs, political and technical.Read More
SECOND SECRETARY - POLITICAL | FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
What do you do at the Foreign Office (FCO)?
I am Second Secretary, Foreign Policy at the British Embassy in Brasilia. The bulk of my job is analysing Brazil’s foreign policy and explaining British foreign policy to Brazilians. I look at both of our perspectives on world issues. I also run dialogues between officials and ministers to make sure we’re discussing priority international issues at the right level.Read More
FIRST SECRETARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA EMBASSY IN THE UK
What do you do as first secretary at the Republic of Serbia embassy?
As first secretary at the Embassy, I cover European Union affairs. It involves all EU policies in economy, finance, environment, social affairs, common foreign and security policy, enlargement, etc. with special emphasis on UK position towards all these specific topics. The last several months were very interesting and challenging in terms of analysing the British European Policy. I usually have contact with the representatives of the British institutions, and also with the representatives of British think tanks and NGOs in order to understand better UK’s expectations from the EU. The other aspect of my job is constantly keeping my counterparts informed of Serbia’s process of negotiation with the EU. Since I’m a people person, these activities are a happy combination of my interests.Read More
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR
What do you do as an International Communications Advisor?
The primary focus of my role is consulting overseas teams on their communications outputs. I work in 44 countries around the world, developing communications plans, media engagement work, helping different teams to set up digital channels and providing advice remotely. I also visit those countries to provide communications training; next week I will be in Burkina Faso, then on to Senegal.Read More
SOUTH ASIA & SECURITY ECONOMIST | FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
What do you do as a new entrant economist at the FCO?
My first role in the FCO has been in the Economics Unit, where I am the South Asia & Security Economist. I will change roles after my first year, and after two years in London I can start to apply for overseas postings.Read More
HEAD OF THE CONFLICT DEPARTMENT | FCO
You’re currently Head of the Conflict Department at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). What does it entail?
The Conflict Department manages some of the critical tools a government can use to prevent or resolve violent conflict. These include: oversight of UN peacekeeping and peace-building operations, and management of a cross-government fund for conflict, stability and security, which is over £1bn. We manage risk management and transparency mechanisms for businesses operating in fragile countries. Conflict Department also carries out campaigning work, including on the forced recruitment of child soldiers, and on preventing sexual violence in conflict.Read More
POLITICAL COUNSELLOR | BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION PRETORIA
You’re currently a Political Counsellor at the British High Commission in Pretoria. What does it entail?
As the Political Counsellor role in Pretoria, I work with my three teams to deliver in the following areas: UK/SA joint work on international foreign policy issues; bilateral engagement with South Africa, including on mutual priorities such as climate change, science and innovation and education; and our communications efforts – internally, externally in South Africa, regionally and globally.Read More
DEPUTY HEAD, PROJECTS TASK FORCE | FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
You have been Deputy Head of the Projects Task Force in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for the past two years. What does that entail?
I am one of three Deputy Heads. We each run a team of project officers of different grades and experience. We all deploy across the office to do urgent high priority work when individual FCO Departments do not have the resources to take it on.Read More
BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO DENMARK
You have been Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark since 2012. What does it entail?
Leading the embassy in using the relationship with Denmark to pursue British interests. That means trying to convince the Danes to agree with us on key policy issues, to work alongside us, for example in Iraq or on Ebola, being able to explain Danish positions to colleagues in the UK who are themselves looking for support or partnership with Denmark, promoting British exports and investment into the UK and looking after British citizens needing assistance in Denmark.Read More
ARABIC SPOKESPERSON | FCO
What do you do as Arabic spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)?
I am currently the London-based Arabic Spokesperson of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, reaching out on behalf of Her Majesty's Government to an estimated 370 million Arabic speakers worldwide. Alongside print, broadcast and online interviews and press briefings, I manage relationships with the Arab press corps in London and with media outlets across the Middle East and North Africa region. I also support Ministers, Ambassadors and policy teams in their Arab media outreach and strategic communications work.Read More
AMBASSADOR TO REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE
You’re currently a senior diplomat posted at the FCO in London. What does that entail?
I am currently preparing for my posting as Ambassador to Zimbabwe, which starts at the end of August. This entails training courses and briefings around Whitehall and with external partners, including parliamentarians, academics and business people.Read More