Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and Head of Southern and Central Africa Department

Simon Mustard

Biography

Simon Mustard was appointed Special Envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes Region in March 2017. He is also Head of Southern and Central Africa Department at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Prior to joining the FCO in 2001, Simon worked as a police officer for several years in a variety of operational roles. He has subsequently served in a variety of postings in Central America, Washington, the Middle East, Africa and London. He has experience in both operational and leadership roles in policy, crisis, corporate and consular work. Most recently he was the Deputy Head of Mission in Jordan from 2013 until 2016 and High Commissioner in Malawi in 2016.

Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and Head of Southern and Central Africa Department

Special envoys use their expertise to develop a greater coherent effort in making sure that the FCO works closely and effectively with foreign powers.

The Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes supports international efforts to secure a durable and peaceful resolution to conflicts in the region and build confidence within the region to break the cycles of conflict. Simon works alongside envoys from the African Union, United Nations, United States, the European External Action Service and from other European States with interests in the region. Collectively, they lead the international community’s efforts. Their work focuses especially on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

Previous roles in government

  1. British High Commissioner to Malawi

    • 2016 to 2017