MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS

Discussing this year’s summits, experts from the world of international relations and diplomacy have their say

Paul Arkwright CMG was, until recently, the UK Government’s COP26 Regional Ambassador for Sub-Saharan Africa. Having left the FCDO, he has set up his own business consultancy focusing on Africa. He was previously CEO for the UK-Africa Investment Summit, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, and UK Ambassador to the Netherlands, and has served in senior posts at the FCDO in London, including as Director for the Commonwealth. He has extensive ties throughout Africa as well as in London.

Global issues, local solutions

The climate challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Hon. Alexander Downer AC, ROSL Chairman, was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He has served as a career diplomat in the Australian Diplomatic Service and with the United Nations. He was a member of the Australian Parliament for 24 years and spent nearly 12 of those years as Australia’s foreign minister. Mr Downer is currently the Executive Chair of the International School for Government at King’s College London.

Do summits matter?

Why international relations are so important and what it takes to make summits a success.

Dr Anne Gallagher AO, Director-General of The Commonwealth Foundation, spent several years teaching in the law school of the Australian National University, before being recruited to the United Nations, where she served for 12 years, including as special adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. From 2003, Anne worked with the Association of South-East Asian Nations and its ten Member States to strengthen legislative and criminal justice responses to human trafficking and related exploitation. Her recent appointments include; President of the International Catholic Migration Commission, Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking, and member of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration.

It’s time to talk about the Commonwealth

Asking the questions that really matter to the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens.

Philip Parham is the UK’s Commonwealth Envoy. He served previously as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, and High Commissioner to Tanzania. He has also been posted to the British Embassies in Riyadh and Washington DC. At the FCO (as it then was), he served as Head of the Counter-Terrorism Policy Department, Head of the Iraq Operations Unit, a member of the Policy Planning Staff, Private Secretary to one of the Ministers, and Head of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Section. Before joining the FCO, he was an investment banker for ten years, six of which were in Japan.

Passing the baton

Reflecting on Britain’s time as Chair-in-Office of CHOGM.

His Excellency Abdulla Shahid is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, having held this position since 2018. Having studied at Canberra College of Advanced Education, Australia, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US, Shahid joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984, eventually rising to Director. He served as the 16th Speaker of the People’s Majlis from 2008 to 2014, playing a key role in the country’s transition to democracy, and as an MP since 2008.

Minister to Minister

Navigating the dual storm of Covid and climate change in the Maldives.

Nabeel Goheer, Assistant Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, has a pivotal role within the organisation, and a wide global network both throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, in addition to a background in consultancy involving restructuring of organisations, and a PhD in Management from Judge Business School of University of Cambridge.

The common touch

Promoting the principals of the Commonwealth.

MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS

Discussing this year’s summits, experts from the world of international relations and diplomacy have their say

Paul Arkwright CMG was, until recently, the UK Government’s COP26 Regional Ambassador for Sub-Saharan Africa. Having left the FCDO, he has set up his own business consultancy focusing on Africa. He was previously CEO for the UK-Africa Investment Summit, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, and UK Ambassador to the Netherlands, and has served in senior posts at the FCDO in London, including as Director for the Commonwealth. He has extensive ties throughout Africa as well as in London.

Global issues, local solutions

The climate challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Hon. Alexander Downer AC, ROSL Chairman, was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He has served as a career diplomat in the Australian Diplomatic Service and with the United Nations. He was a member of the Australian Parliament for 24 years and spent nearly 12 of those years as Australia’s foreign minister. Mr Downer is currently the Executive Chair of the International School for Government at King’s College London.

Do summits matter?

Why international relations are so important and what it takes to make summits a success.

Dr Anne Gallagher AO, Director-General of The Commonwealth Foundation, spent several years teaching in the law school of the Australian National University, before being recruited to the United Nations, where she served for 12 years, including as special adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. From 2003, Anne worked with the Association of South-East Asian Nations and its ten Member States to strengthen legislative and criminal justice responses to human trafficking and related exploitation. Her recent appointments include; President of the International Catholic Migration Commission, Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking, and member of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration.

It’s time to talk about the Commonwealth

Asking the questions that really matter to the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens.

Philip Parham is the UK’s Commonwealth Envoy. He served previously as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, and High Commissioner to Tanzania. He has also been posted to the British Embassies in Riyadh and Washington DC. At the FCO (as it then was), he served as Head of the Counter-Terrorism Policy Department, Head of the Iraq Operations Unit, a member of the Policy Planning Staff, Private Secretary to one of the Ministers, and Head of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Section. Before joining the FCO, he was an investment banker for ten years, six of which were in Japan.

Passing the baton

Reflecting on Britain’s time as Chair-in-Office of CHOGM.

His Excellency Abdulla Shahid is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, having held this position since 2018. Having studied at Canberra College of Advanced Education, Australia, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US, Shahid joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984, eventually rising to Director. He served as the 16th Speaker of the People’s Majlis from 2008 to 2014, playing a key role in the country’s transition to democracy, and as an MP since 2008.

Minister to Minister

Navigating the dual storm of Covid and climate change in the Maldives.

Nabeel Goheer, Assistant Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, has a pivotal role within the organisation, and a wide global network both throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, in addition to a background in consultancy involving restructuring of organisations, and a PhD in Management from Judge Business School of University of Cambridge.

The common touch

Promoting the principals of the Commonwealth.

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