British Deputy High Commissioner New Delhi

Dr Alexander Evans OBE

Biography

Dr Alexander Evans is Deputy High Commissioner to India.

He was appointed Deputy High Commissioner to India in August 2015. In this role he also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the India network of around 950 staff spread across 10 cities. He has a longstanding relationship with India, having spent periods as an undergraduate and graduate student in India and later written, taught and commented on the region.

Alexander is a career diplomat who has previously served in New York (on a leave of absence leading a United Nations Security Council expert team), Washington DC (as senior advisor to the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in the US Department of State), Islamabad and New Delhi. In London he has worked as a member of the Policy Planning Staff, and in national security and analytical roles. Prior to joining the diplomatic service, Alexander was director of studies for a financial services think-tank and worked as a management consultant, journalist and regulator. He has also held think-tank appointments at Chatham House and Policy Exchange in London, at the Stimson Center in Washington DC and at the Asia Society in New York.

Alexander is a visiting senior research fellow at King’s College London, a former Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford and has twice held appointments at Yale University, first as a World Fellow and then later returning to teach international relations as a Senior Fellow. He is a past Henry Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy at the Library of Congress. He has also served on higher education and non-profit boards in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has a PhD in South Asian politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and in 2010 was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

British Deputy High Commissioner New Delhi

The Deputy High Commissioner is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the High Commissioner. The Deputy High Commissioner is responsible for the daily management of an overseas High Commission and will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the High Commissioner as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister.

Previous roles in government

  1. Acting British High Commissioner to India

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. British Deputy High Commissioner New Delhi

    • 2015 to 2015