Grad Bites: Life as a Diplomat

Jon Benjamin tells us about his fascinating life as a diplomat, the highs and lows, and collaborating with international organisations to manage crises.
Jon’s diplomatic career has taken him all over the world, and his roles have included heading up UK policy on Human Rights and serving as British Ambassador to Chile & Ghana. He is currently Director of the Foreign Office’s Diplomatic Academy.


Grad Bites: Life as a Diplomat



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About Jon Benjamin

Jon Benjamin, diplomatJon studied German, Swedish & International Relations at the University of Surrey and has a strong background in human rights.
He has been a British diplomat since 1986. Previously Ambassador to Chile and Ghana, he became Director of the Diplomatic Academy in July 2017. Other roles within the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, have included Head of Human Rights Policy Department (2002 to 2005), Deputy Head of Drugs and International Crime Department (2000 to 2002), and Head of Zimbabwe Emergency Unit (2000).
Jon is a big West Ham fan and a Jewish Humanist. For more insights and regular updates, follow Jon on Twitter.