Matt Baugh OBE is Director of the Negotiation Coordination Unit at the Department for Exiting the European Union.
Prior to that he was Head of the East and West Africa Department at the FCO from 2014 to 2016 and Head of the Central and Southern Africa Department from 2013 to 2014. From 2010 to 2013 he was the British Ambassador to Somalia, the first such appointment for over 20 years.
In 2010, he attended the the UK Defence Academy’s Higher Command and Staff Course.
Between 1999 and 2010 he held a number of positions in DFID, including as Principal Private Secretary to the Development Secretary and as the Head of the Iraq Department from 2006 to 2007. He helped establish and lead the cross-government Post-Conflict Reconstruction Unit, now the Stabilisation Unit, between 2005 and 2006.
He was First Secretary and DFID Country Representative at the British Embassy in Khartoum from 2002 to 2004. Prior to that he was responsible for DFID’s global emergencies team; he led DFID’s Afghanistan Crisis team from 2001 to 2002 and the Kosovo Crisis team from 1999 to 2000.
He joined the Civil Service as a Fast Stream entrant in the MOD, on completion of his MSc.
He is married with three children.