Harriet King has been Deputy Head of Mission since June 2014, having joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2002, and has been based in London for the majority of her career so far. She is married with two children.
06/14 – Present Deputy Head of Mission, Dakar, Senegal
02/14 -06/14 Full time French Language Training (Institut Francais, London and Langue Onze, Toulouse)
02/13 – 12/13 Sahel Task Force, Africa Directorate
03/11 – 02/12 Egypt Desk Officer, Middle East and North Africa Department.
09/09 – 02/10 Head of Operations Team, Crisis Management Department
05/07 – 09/09 Head of Stakeholder Management Team, Crisis Management Department.
01/06 – 05/07 Rapid Deployment Team Co-ordinator, Crisis Management Department
05/05 – 01/06 Assistant Board Secretary, Strategic Policy Team, Strategy Group
04/04 – 05/05 Desk Officer, Innovation Team, Strategy Group
10/02 – 04/04 Visits Officer, Conference and Visits Group
• Masters Degree in German (Honours) – University of Edinburgh (1998-2002), (including year studying at Humboldt University, Berlin). • Fluent French and German. • Spent a year as a teacher in a rural school in Zimbabwe (1997-98).
Deputy Head of Mission, Dakar
The Deputy Head of Mission is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.