Jon Benjamin (diplomat)

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Jon Benjamin

Jon Benjamin (born 19 January 1963) is Director of the Diplomatic Academy at the British Foreign Office

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 City, 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]
  • 2014-2017 High Commissioner to Ghana[4]
  • 2017 Director of the Diplomatic Academy
  • 2021 Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Mexico

See also[edit]


  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
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Howard Drake
British Ambassador to Chile
Succeeded by
Fiona Clouder
Preceded by
Peter Jones
British High Commissioner to Ghana