British High Commissioner to Rwanda and British Ambassador to Burundi

William Gelling OBE


Mr William Gelling has been appointed British High Commissioner to Rwanda.

He has succeeded Mr Benedict Llewellyn-Jones, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Gelling arrived in Post in January 2014.

Mr Gelling joined the FCO in 2001. Most recently he was Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, advising him on the Middle East, Africa, the UN and the Commonwealth.

Before that, he variously led the team dealing with negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme; was posted to Baghdad as Liaison Officer between the British Embassy and the Multinational Military Headquarters; served for three years in Pakistan, covering political, conflict and extremism issues; and was attached to a British trade office in India.

He speaks Urdu and French. He is married, and received an OBE in 2013 for services to British foreign policy. On his appointment as British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Mr Gelling said:

I am delighted to have been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Rwanda.

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to strengthen relations between the UK and Rwanda at such an important time. I look forward to building on the growing links between the two countries to further our shared economic, political, and security interests.

British High Commissioner to Rwanda

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.

British Ambassador to Burundi


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