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Change of High Commissioner to Ghana

Mr Jon Benjamin has been appointed British High Commissioner to Ghana.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Jon Benjamin
Jon Benjamin

He will succeed to Mr Peter Jones, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Benjamin will take up his appointment in June 2014.

Mr Benjamin joined the FCO in 1986 and is currently completing a posting as Ambassador in Chile. He has been posted previously in Indonesia, Turkey and the US, as well as three years as the head of the FCO’s Human Rights and Democracy Department.

He speaks French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Indonesian and Turkish. He has a Chilean fiancée and one son.

On his appointment as British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Benjamin has said:

It is a huge honour and privilege to be able to represent the UK in Ghana, a country making great strides forward, with such a vibrant culture and a large diaspora in the UK itself acting as a bridge between the two countries.

The UK and Ghana have many common priority issues at governmental level and I look forward to furthering that agenda. And I am glad to arrive as Ghana prepares for the World Cup with me as a brand new fan!

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Jon Benjamin
Engaged to: Carolina Vasquez
Children: One son
2009 – present Santiago, Ambassador
2008 – 2009 Secondments as adviser to the Boards of AIG (New York) and Eurasia Group (New York)
2005- 2008 New York, Deputy, later Acting, Consul-General
2002 – 2005 FCO, Head of Human Rights Policy Department
2000 – 2001 FCO, Deputy Head of Drugs and International Crime Department
2000 FCO, Head of Zimbabwe Emergency Unit
1996 – 1999 Ankara, First Secretary (Head of Political Section)
1995 – 1996 Full-time language training (Turkish)
1993 – 1995 FCO, Private Secretary to Minister for Europe and Latin America
1992 – 1993 FCO, Head of Section (Central Asia/Caucasus), Eastern Department
1988 – 1991 Jakarta, Third, later Second Secretary (Political)
1987 – 1988 Full-time language training (Indonesian)
1986 – 1987 FCO, Desk Officer for Burma and Laos
1986 Department for International Development, Desk Officer for Pakistan

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Published 16 January 2014