Kate Rudd


Ms Kate Rudd was the Department for International Trade’s West Africa Trade Director based in Lagos, Nigeria covering the coastal countries from Senegal to Gabon. Previously Ms Rudd was Her Majesty’s Deputy Head of Mission to the Republic of Sudan from March 2015 to July 2017, and from June to August 2015 she was Chargé d’affaires.

After studying English Literature at Strathclyde University, and completing a MSc in International Business at Birkbeck College, University of London, Ms Rudd worked as an English teacher in Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. She worked in the private sector in London on her return before joining the Foreign Office in 2003. Her roles have largely focused on the Arab and Islamic world in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

Katharine Elmes Rudd is married to Gordon Elmes Rudd.

2017 to the present West Africa Trade Director, Deputy British High Commission Lagos, Nigeria
2015 to 2017 Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Khartoum
June to August 2015 Chargé d’affaires, British Embassy Khartoum
2013 to 2014 Deputy Head of Department, NATO Summit, FCO
2011 to 2012 Private Secretary FCO
2007 to 2011 HM Consul General Jeddah
2006 to 2007 Head of Trade and Investment, British Embassy Baghdad
2003 to 2006 Joined FCO - Europe Directorate
2003 Senior Policy Adviser, Department for Trade and Industry
1999 to 2002 Account Executive, KPMG
1998 to 1999 Embassy of Japan, London
1995 to 1998 Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, Japan


2001 to 2003 MSc International Business, Birkbeck College, University College London
1991 to 1995 BA (Hons) English University of Strathclyde Exchange student to Chinese University of Hong Kong (1993 to 1994)