Dr Matthew Rowland, UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
Matthew Rowland took up the position of UK Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva at the beginning of July 2013. He led the UK Delegation to the Review Conferences of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, in 2015, and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention in 2016. He was elected 2017 Chairperson of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
Matthew joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2001. Most recently he was Head of Peacekeeping. Prior to that, he was seconded to the Cabinet Office where he worked on nuclear security and proliferation issues.
Matthew has also held positions working on the Nuclear Suppliers Group and energy security. Between 2006 and 2008, he was posted to Brasilia as Second Secretary Political, Press and Public Affairs where his portfolio included Brazil’s external policy, including its activity at the United Nations.
Before joining the FCO, Matthew worked as a consultant mining geologist. He gained a PhD in geochemistry from Imperial College, London, and an engineering degree in geology from the Camborne School of Mines/University of Exeter.
Matthew is married and has two daughters.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
The Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament is the United Kingdom’s foremost diplomatic representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Permanent Representatives normally hold the personal rank of Ambassador.