Jon Benjamin (diplomat)

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Jon Benjamin as ambassador to Chile

Jon Benjamin (born 19 January 1963) is a British diplomat who is High Commissioner to Ghana.

Background and education[edit]

Jon Benjamin was brought up in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, attending Slough Grammar School. He read German and Swedish at the University of Surrey.[1]

Diplomatic career[edit]

  • 1986: Desk Officer for Pakistan
  • 1986–1987: Desk Officer for Burma and Laos, South East Asian Department
  • 1988–1991: Jakarta, Third, later Second Secretary (Political)
  • 1992–1993: Head of Section for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Eastern Department
  • 1993–1995: Chief-of-staff to Minister of State responsible for EU/Europe and Latin America
  • 1996–1999: Ankara, First Secretary, Head of Political and Public Affairs Section
  • 2000: Head of Zimbabwe Emergency Unit
  • 2000–2002: Deputy Head, Drugs and International Crime Department
  • 2002–2005: Head of Human Rights Policy Department
  • 2005: Washington, D.C., Counsellor (Counter-terrorism and Human Rights)
  • 2005–2008: New York, Deputy Consul General & Deputy Head of Mission,subsequently Acting Consul General
  • 2008–2009: New York, Secondment to Eurasia Group (political risk consultancy), Adviser to the president[2]
  • 2009–2014: Ambassador to Chile[3]
  • 2014: High Commissioner to Ghana[4]

Personal life[edit]

Benjamin has described himself as a fan of West Ham United F.C. and a Jewish atheist.[5]


  1. ^ Britain's Chile ambassador: The FCO's not Arabist, The Jewish Chronicle Online, 26 November 2009
  2. ^ Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Chile, British Embassy Buenos Aires, 17 June 2009 (via
  3. ^ Ambassador's farewell reception in Chile, British Embassy Santiago, 23 January 2014
  4. ^ Change of High Commissioner to Ghana, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 16 January 2014
  5. ^ Jon Benjamin. "Jon Benjamin (JonBenjamin19) on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Howard Drake
British Ambassador to Chile
Succeeded by
Fiona Clouder
Preceded by
Peter Jones
British High Commissioner to Ghana