Stephanie Al-Qaq joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2002 after working for several corporate, non-governmental and governmental organisations, including Reuters, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the House of Commons and the Department for International Development working in various countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
On joining the FCO, she served as Political Officer on Iraq from 2003-2004 and Assistant Private Secretary for the Minister for the Middle East, Counter Terrorism and Consular from 2004-2006. She has served in Brazil as Political Counsellor and Mexico as Minister Counsellor for Political, Economic, Consular and Corporate affairs.
Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is married to Dr. Kareem Richard Al-Qaq, a political scientist, and they have three children, Naseem, Alexandra and Zakaria.
Deputy Head of Mission, United Arab Emirates
The Deputy Head of Mission is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.