British High Commissioner to Ghana

Jon Benjamin

Biography

Jon Benjamin has been British High Commissioner to Ghana since 2014. His last post before coming to Ghana was in Chile.

Jon joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986. He has previously served in New York (2005-2008), Washington (2005), Ankara (1996-1999) and Jakarta (1988-1991). He has also held several positions in the FCO:

  • Policy Officer for Burma and Laos (1986-1987)
  • Lead Policy Officer for Central Asia and Caucasus (1992-1993)
  • Chief of Staff to FCO Minister responsible for EU and Latin America (1993-1995)
  • Head of Zimbabwe Emergency Unit (2000)
  • Deputy Head of Drugs and International Crime Department (2000-2002)
  • Head of Human Rights Policy Department (2002-2005)

Jon has a degree in Languages (German and Swedish) and International Relations, and a strong background in human rights.

British High Commissioner to Ghana

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 Chile

    • 2009 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. British High Commissioner's speech at the Enterprise Africa Summit

    • Speech
  2. British High Commissioner's speech marking Commonwealth Day

    • Speech
  3. British High Commissioner's congratulatory message for Ghana at 60

    • Speech
  4. British High Commissioner's speech marking International Women's Day 2017

    • Speech
  5. British High Commissioner's speech at the launch of the African Science Academy

    • Speech
  6. British High Commissioner's speech at the launch of election communication materials

    • Speech
  7. British High Commissioner's speech at the launch of Ghana's 3rd edition of the Manual on Election Adjudication

    • Speech
  8. British High Commissioner's speech at the TEDxAccraWomen event.

    • Speech
  9. British High Commissioner's speech at the launch of UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce

    • Speech
  10. Launch of domestic violence research report in Ghana

    • Speech