Ministerial role

Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office


Responsibilities include:

  • all Foreign & Commonwealth Office business in the House of Lords
  • The Commonwealth (as an institution)
  • the UN, peacekeeping, conflict and International Criminal Court
  • Overseas Territories (excluding Falklands, Sovereign Base Areas and Gibraltar)
  • the Caribbean
  • human rights, freedom of religion or belief, and modern slavery
  • national security: counter terrorism, countering violent extremism and cyber

Current role holder: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Lord Ahmad was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and as Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations on 13 June 2017. In July 2018 he was also appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief.


He was educated at Rutlish School and London South Bank University (LSBU) as well as the Chartered Institute of Financial Services.

Political career

  • Minister for Aviation and Trade – Department for Transport (2016 to 2017)
  • Minister for Countering Extremism – Home Office (2015 to 2016)
  • Transport Minister – Skills & Aviation Security (2015 to 2016)
  • Communities & Local Government Minister (2014 to 2015)
  • Government Whip and Lord in Waiting (2012 to 2014)
  • Vice-Chairman (national) of the Conservative Party (2008 and 2010)
  • Councillor (Wimbledon Park) and Cabinet Member in the London Borough of Merton between 2002 and 2012

Career outside politics

Lord Ahmad had a 20 year career in the City working in banking and finance, including at the NatWest Group where he was a senior manager in corporate banking and financial markets. He was later Vice-President and Marketing Director of Alliance Bernstein and his last role before joining the government was as Strategy and Marketing Director at Sucden Financial.

Personal life

Lord Ahmad is married and has a daughter and 2 sons.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE

    • 2014 to 2017


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  2. UK pays respect to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

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  3. Security Council is uniquely placed to support mediation efforts: statement by Lord Ahmad

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  4. Let us act for the sake of humanity: Lord Ahmad's UN Security Council statement on Rohingya refugees

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  5. Lord Ahmad's Eid-ul-Adha 2018 message

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  6. Foreign Office Minister visits BVI to review hurricane preparedness

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  7. Lord Ahmad's Human Rights speech

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  8. Lord Ahmad publishes annual Human Rights Report 2017

    • Press release
  9. Lord Ahmad welcomes conclusions of the 38th Session of the UN HRC

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  10. Lord Ahmad appointed as PM’s Special Envoy to promote religious freedom

    • Press release