James Kariuki is Director of Diplomacy 20:20, the FCO’s change programme. In July 2016 he returned from 4 years as Counsellor, British Embassy, Washington, where he led HMG work across the US on politics, communications, economics and global issues.
Between April 2007 and July 2012 he held a number of Senior Civil Service roles in London: Head of Policy Planning and Europe Directorate (External), both FCO; and Deputy Director at the National Economic Council Secretariat (Cabinet Office) during the financial crisis. His previous overseas postings were to the UK Mission to the UN, the British Embassy in Caracas, and on secondment to the UN Weapons Inspection team in Baghdad.
Director, Diplomacy 20:20
The Director is responsible for coordinating and leading a broad transformation programme aimed at making the FCO a more expert and agile organisation by 2020.