British diplomat appointed as senior adviser at Emirates Diplomatic Academy

Tom Fletcher, who was appointed as a senior adviser in the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, is a former British ambassador to Lebanon.

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ABU DHABI // A former British ambassador and foreign-policy adviser has been appointed to a senior position in the Emirates Diplomatic Academy.

Tom Fletcher served as British ambassador to Lebanon from 2011 to 2015 and advised three UK prime ministers – Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron – from 2007 to 2011.

As senior adviser to the academy’s director general, Mr Fletcher will promote the use of digital and online tools for trainees through his 21st Century Diplomacy course and the academy’s new Diplomatic Innovation Hub.

“The Middle East is on the front line of all the major 21st-century challenges, and it will be vital that the next generation of diplomats are equipped with the skills to promote coexistence and reduce the threat of conflict,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Diplomacy is more important than ever in the digital age, but it must adapt and develop.”

Bernardino Leon, the academy’s director general, said Mr Fletcher’s experience would help develop their institute as centre of global international relations.

“It is extremely important that in a fast-changing world facing multiple challenges, the UAE remains at the cutting-edge of international relations thinking,” he said.