Director, Africa

Neil Wigan OBE


Neil Wigan has been Director for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since November 2015.

Neil was previously British Ambassador to Somalia, based in Mogadishu, from June 2013 to July 2015, and British Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo from March 2010 to March 2013. Before that, he was seconded to the UK Cabinet Office, working for the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser. He has also worked on Middle Eastern and EU economic issues at the FCO, and at the British Embassy in Israel.

He has a BA from Oxford University, a MSc in Economics from the University of London, and did post-graduate studies at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the FCO, he worked at the Bank of England and as an economist in the private sector. He is married with 2 children.

Director, Africa

The Director advises on UK policy towards sub-Saharan Africa, and supports:

  • cross-government policy-making and delivery
  • the network of UK high commissions and embassies in Africa

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Somalia

    • 2013 to 2015
  2. British Ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo

    • 2010 to 2013