Director, Economic Diplomacy

Lewis Neal



Lewis Neal was appointed Director for Economic Diplomacy at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in February 2018.

Lewis was previously was National Security Director in the FCO and served in HM Treasury in a number of roles focusing on issues such as public spending, infrastructure and corporate and private finance issues. Lewis has also worked as a Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Director, Economic Diplomacy

The Director of Economic Diplomacy oversees the FCO’s economic policy work in London and across all the FCO’s Posts. This aims to achieve economic reforms that drive growth, and tackle global economic issues. Policy work and programme activities include:

  • improving business environments and trade reforms
  • future energy needs
  • innovation partnerships
  • better health systems

The Director of Economic Diplomacy leads the FCO’s input to the G7, G20 and OECD, and is the UK’s G7 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa.