Director General, Middle East and Africa and Director General, Political (Acting)

Dr Christian Turner CMG

Biography

Christian Turner CMG is the Director General for the Middle East and Africa.

He led UK organisation of the London Syria Conference in February 2016. From 2012-15 he was British High Commissioner to Kenya; and from 2009-12 he was FCO’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Between 1997 and 2008 he held various positions in the Foreign Office, the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street, including as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as Secretary to the Economic & Domestic Committees of Cabinet, and as First Secretary in the British Embassy in Washington from 2002-2006.

Before joining government he made television documentaries, following completion of his PhD.

He is married with two children.

Director General, Middle East and Africa

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCO by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The Director General, Middle East and Africa has the following areas of responsibility:

  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Migration

Director General, Political (Acting)

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCO by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The Director General, Political takes a particular interest in the foreign policy objectives and has the following areas of responsibility and regions:

  • multilateral policy
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Africa
  • South Asia and Afghanistan

Previous roles in government

  1. British High Commissioner to Kenya

    • 2012 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. Launch of Safaricom's Fourth Sustainability Report: FY 2014/2015

    • Speech
  2. Fairtrade Africa 10th Anniversary- Strathmore University

    • Speech
  3. UK-Kenya shared history: Recognition and Reconciliation

    • Speech
  4. Chevening Farewell Reception for 2015/2016 Kenyan scholars

    • Speech
  5. Big 5, Small 5: High Commissioner's speech at the Queen’s Birthday Party, Nairobi

    • Speech
  6. Remarks by British High Commissioner Christian Turner at CSO annual gathering

    • Speech
  7. Opening Session at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC)

    • Speech
  8. Launch of Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Programme in Nairobi

    • Speech
  9. 2014/2015 Kenya Chevening Scholarship winners send off reception

    • Speech
  10. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Team Kenya

    • Speech