Edward Oakden re-joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on August 2013 as the Director, Middle East, with responsibility for the Gulf countries, Iraq and Iran.
Mid 2010 – July 2013: Managing Director of the Strategic Trade Group in UK Trade and Investment, where he was responsible for UKTI’s network in 96 Posts overseas and in particular for supporting the 20 or so sectors most key to the success of the UK economy in the UK’s 20 highest growth markets. His overriding focus was on restoring growth to the UK economy through maximising British exports, including through a programme of campaigns to pursue some 300 High Value Opportunities around the world.
2006-2010: British Ambassador to the UAE, which vividly illustrated the scale of the opportunities when the UK Government and business work closely together.
A career diplomat who previously served as the UK’s Ambassador for Counter-terrorism and the FCO Director for Defence and Strategic Threats for four years following the 9/11 attacks in the US.
He has spent much of the rest of his career moving between the Middle East and London, with postings in Baghdad, Khartoum, Washington and Madrid.
He also served in No 10 as John Major’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Northern Ireland.