Plumbly was born in New Forest and attended Brockenhurst Grammar School. He then studied politics and economics at Magdalen College, Oxford. Wanting to see the world after schooling, Plumbly signed up for the Voluntary Service Overseas, and taught for a year and a half in Sukur, a town in Pakistan's Sindh province.
Plumbly has served in a variety of postings around the Middle East, including Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt. In February 2008 he was appointed by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to head the Assessment and Evaluation Commission, charged with monitoring the implementation of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement. In 2011, he was appointed as the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), he served in this position from 2012-2014.
Since 2015, he is Visiting Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London.
Timeline of career
- United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (2012-2014) http://unscol.unmissions.org/
- Chairman of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission (2008–2011)
- Ambassador to Egypt (2003–2007)
- Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2000–2003)
- FCO director for the Middle East and North Africa (1990s)
- Deputy head of mission in Riyadh (1988–1992)
- FCO Desk Officer for the Middle East Department (1982–1984)
- First secretary in Cairo (1977–1980)
- Second secretary in the Chancery at Jeddah (1975–1977)
- About the AEC. Assessment and Evaluation Commission web site. Retrieved on 7 July 2009.
- King's College London King's College London web site. Retrieved on 18 January 2016.
- "UK Plumbly appointed as head of Sudan's peace monitoring body". Sudan Tribune. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
- Curriculum Vitae of Sir Derek Plumbly. Assessment and Evaluation Commission web site. Retrieved on 7 July 2009.
- Nkrumah, Gamal (2005-08-10). "Sir Derek Plumbly: Regional affiliations, and more". Al-Ahram. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
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