British High Commissioner to Jamaica

Asif Ahmad CMG


Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • British High Commissioner Jamaica and the Bahamas August 2017
  • British Ambassador to the Philippines and Palau, July 2013 to July 2017
  • British Ambassador to Thailand and Laos, 2010 to 2012
  • Head of South East Asia and Pacific Group, February 2008 to November 2010
  • Director Asia, UK Trade and Investment, May 2004 to January 2008 .
  • Head of Communication and Information Centre, Prime Minister’s Office, Sept 2002 to March 2003
  • Head of Department, Commonwealth Coordination 2002 
  • Deputy Head of Department 2000- Resource Budgeting Department
  • Joined as First Secretary in 1999 – Resource Planning Department
  • Team Leader and Business Adviser 1996-99   ##National Westminster Bank

  • Career spanning 1977-96 in international corporate finance, corporate planning, office of the Group Chief Executive, international private banking (Coutts) and Senior Manager of a network of London branches.   ##Education:

  • Graduate American Community High School, Tehran, Iran
  • A’Levels at Carlisle Technical College, Cumbria, UK
  • University of Durham, BA Hons Economics
  • INSEAD, France, International Executive Programme

Personal Details:

Lived in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Japan, China, Poland, Russia,Thailand and the Philippines

Foreign Languages: Bengali, Urdu, Filipino (Rudimentary Farsi, Kutchee and French)

Awarded CMG in the 2017 Birthday Honours for service in South East Asia  

British High Commissioner to Jamaica

The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to the Philippines

    • 2013 to 2017


  1. British Ambassador to the Philippines' speech at Integrity Summit
  2. Credentials speech of British Ambassador to Palau