Director General

Alex Ellis


Alex Ellis joined DExEU as Director General in January 2017. Prior to this, he was the British Ambassador to Brazil, from 2013 to 2016.

Alex has extensive experience in the EU, mainly in Brussels, as member of the cabinet of the President of the European Commission. In this role, he had responsibility for energy, climate change, competition, development, trade and strategy.

Prior to this, he worked at the UK Representation to the EU, particularly on the negotiations to establish the euro, the 7 year budget, and then institutional issues including the Treaty of Nice.

He was also the Whitehall coordinator for the enlargement negotiations which concluded in 2003.

As well as serving as British Ambassador to Portugal from 2007 to 2010, Alex has also been the Director of Strategy in the Foreign Office and head of the EU and economic issues team in the British Embassy in Madrid.

He started his civil service career as part of the team supporting the transition to multi-party democracy in South Africa, following the release of Nelson Mandela.

Prior to this Alex Ellis was a history teacher. He is married to Teresa, and they have one son.

Director General

With a focus on the EU institutions and member states

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Brazil

    • 2013 to 2017


  1. ILO Global III Conference on Child Labour
  2. Soft Power: Education and Culture in the UK - Brazil relations