HE Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan
HE Paul Madden CMG will give an update on the political and economic situation in Japan, as well as the future of UK-Japan relations in light of recent developments in the Brexit negotiations.
About the speaker
Paul Madden became British Ambassador to Japan in January 2017. He was previously British High Commissioner to Australia (2011-15) and British High Commissioner to Singapore (2007-11). He was Additional Director for Asia Pacific at the FCO in 2015.
A career diplomat, he was Managing Director at UK Trade and Investment (2004-2006), responsible for coordinating and implementing international trade development strategies to support companies across a wide range of business sectors.
As Assistant Director of Information at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2003-2004) he was responsible for public diplomacy policy, including managing the FCO funding of the BBC World Service, the British Council and the Chevening Scholarships programme. He led the team responsible for the award-winning UK pavilion at the Aichi Expo in Japan 2005.
He was Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore from 2000-2003 and has also served in Washington (1996-2000). Between 1992-96 he worked on EU enlargement and Environmental issues at the FCO in London. His first posting in Tokyo was as First Secretary Economic (1988-92).
Before joining FCO he worked at the Department of Trade and Industry (1980-87) on a range of industrial sectors and trade policy, and was head of the Japan team. He spent 2 years as a minister’s Private Secretary.