British High Commissioner to Tanzania

Sarah Cooke


Sarah Cooke is the High Commissioner to Tanzania since September 2016.

Prior to this role, Sarah Cooke was the country representative for DFID Bangladesh. She joined DFID in 2005, where her other roles included leading DFID’s policy work on economic growth & investment, anti-corruption and aid effectiveness. Sarah previously worked as the Deputy Head of the Commission for Africa Secretariat and as a Deputy Director in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office. In this role she lead cross-government strategy projects including development of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Before joining the UK Civil Service, Sarah Cooke worked in Guyana in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Solomon Islands as an Advisor to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and as an Economic Consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Sarah has a degree in Economics and a Masters in Development Studies.

British High Commissioner to Tanzania

The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Previous roles in government

  1. Head of DFID Bangladesh

    • 2012 to 2016


  1. Queen’s Birthday Party celebrations in Dar es Salaam
  2. Queen Elizabeth II' 91st Birthday Celebrations held in Tanzania
  3. Op-ed by the British High Commissioner to Tanzania on Brexit
  4. British High Commissioner's speech at the Queen's Baton Relay reception in Tanzania
  5. Celebrating International Women’s Day in Tanzania
  6. Speech by the British High Commissioner to Tanznaia on World Human Rights Day
  7. H.E Sarah Cooke's speech at Chevening/UKAT joint reception in Tanzania
  8. Launch of National Social Security Strategy in Bangladesh
  9. Launch of National Forum for Social Protection
  10. Launch of Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) project