Sir John Holmes is the former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
Continuing our Ambassadorial Briefing Series by a former senior member of the FCO and now Director of the world famous Ditchley Foundation, near Oxford, Sir John Holmes, GCVO, KBE, CMG, considers the turmoil caused by mass migration, the crisis of refugees and the world’s humanitarian problems. Nothing could be more topical right now nor a greater potential cause of global conflict. Join us for this unique analysis by a world-class expert who understands better than most the forces at work.
Before serving as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in 2007, Sir John Holmes served as HM Ambassador to Portugal and subsequently HM Ambassador to France. He was awarded a knighthood in 1998 for his role in the Northern Ireland peace process, particularly the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement. Sir John is now Director at the Ditchley Foundation, an organisation widely respected in the fields of international affairs and global policy-making.
Educated at Baliol College, Oxford, earlier diplomatic roles since joining the FCO in 1973, have based Sir John in London, Moscow, Paris, New Delhi and Lisbon. He served two Prime Ministers, John Major, as his Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) and diplomatic advisor and Tony Blair as Principal Private Secretary, being a key figure in the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement.