Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University, Tom Fletcher was previously the foreign policy adviser to three UK Prime Ministers (2007-11) and the UK’s Ambassador to Lebanon (2011-15). More recently he was a Visiting Professor at New York University (2015-20), advised the Global Business Coalition for Education, and chaired the International Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation. In 2018 he founded The Foundation for Opportunity which supports good people doing good things in public life.
Tom Fletcher led a review of British diplomacy for the UK Foreign Office in 2016, and on the future of the United Nations for the UN Secretary General in 2017. Plus a report in 2018 on the skills the next generation need to thrive in the 21st century.
He’s published three books. ‘The Naked Diplomat: Power and Politics in the Digital Age’ (Harper Collins, June 2016), ‘Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux’ (Harper Collins, February 2022) and ‘The Ambassador’ (Canelo, August 2022).
Tom lives in Oxford with his wife and his two sons Charlie and Theo.
"I’m pleased to say that Tom was fantastic thank you. His content was spot on – clearly linking to the topics for the remaining sessions of the afternoon - and his delivery was brilliant. The conference is on-going but it was apparent from the room and from the initial feedback we’ve had that it went down really well with the audience"
Fiona Willcocks, Knight Frank
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