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Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

The Diplomatic Society presents its penultimate academic event of the year: a discussion with Sir Andrew Burns KCMG, the UK’s envoy for post-Holocaust issues and former Head of Mission in Israel, Hong Kong and Canada.

Topic: “50 Years of British Diplomacy: An Insider’s View”
Date / Time: Monday, March 18, 6pm
Venue: Management Building Lecture Theatre (MBLT)

All are welcome for what promises to be a fascinating insight into the world of diplomacy with first-hand accounts of some of the biggest issues in 20th century British international affairs, including the return of sovereignty of Hong Kong from the UK to China in 1997.

A wine reception will follow this event as usual.

To 3rd PIR students:
There is a dissertation workshop in BLT1 from 5-6pm but a small amount of time will be left for you to get from there to this event so you do not miss out.

The Diplomatic Society Committee looks forward to seeing you all there.

About Sir Andrew Burns

Sir Andrew Burns is the United Kingdom Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues (a part-time position created in 2010) and a former British Ambassador to Israel from 1992 to 1995. He is a past Executive Chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association.

In the course of a long Diplomatic Service career he was also British High Commissioner to Canada from 2000 to 2003, Deputy Under Secretary of State at the FCO, Consul-General in Hong Kong and Macau after the handover of sovereignty in 1997 and Head of British Information Services in the US.

He began his career as an Urdu and Hindi speaker at the British High Commission in New Delhi in the 1960s, later becoming Head of South Asia Department in 1986 to 1988. He was Secretary to the British Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe from 1972-75, before serving as Head of the Political Section of the British Embassy in Romania and later Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary. He was Head of News Department and Press Secretary to three successive Foreign Secretaries (Sir Geoffrey Howe, Mr John Major and Mr Douglas Hurd) from 1988 to 1990 before becoming Assistant Under Secretary of State for Asia responsible for the Hong Kong negotiations.

In retirement he has been an International Governor of the BBC, Chairman of Royal Holloway, University of London and Chair of the Committee of University Chairs in the UK. He currently chairs Hestercombe Gardens Trust and the International Polar Foundation-UK and is a Governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a non-executive Director of two investment trusts investing in Asia.

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