Visit by Ian Proud of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

C17, Monica Partridge Building
Friday 20th May 2022 (09:30-16:00)

Join us for a careers event with Ian Proud where he will be discussing careers in diplomacy for language students, and giving individual consultations to students. 


9:30 am - 10:30am: Talk about careers in diplomacy for language students for Modern Languages and Cultures students only.
10:30am - 12:30 pm: Individual consultations with Ian in 15-minute slots. Students must pre-book these with Dr Monica White (
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Talk about careers in diplomacy for students of Russian & Slavonic Studies only.

All sessions will take place in Monica Partridge C17.

About the presenter:

Ian Proud is a career Diplomatic Service Officer, having joined the Foreign Office Fast-Stream in August 1999. He is currently Vice-Principal of the International Academy at the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), where he oversees foreign language learning and training across the UK’s global network of Diplomatic Missions.

From July 2014 to February 2019, Ian served at the British Embassy in Moscow as the Economic Counsellor, advising the UK government on Russia’s economy, and strengthening ties with economic thinkers across business and academia. He was also Chair of the Russia network crisis committee, overseeing the Embassy crisis response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack in March 2018, and consular crisis preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Given his interest in learning and development, Ian was also Director of the Regional Diplomatic Academy for British Embassies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Prior to Moscow, Ian was Head of Delivery for the 2013 G8 Summit in Lough Erne, working out of the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street. He has also served overseas in Afghanistan and in Thailand, and has fulfilled a number of roles at the FCDO in London.

Ian is an expert in crisis management, having been involved in the UK response to 9-11, the first Bali Bombing, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and the Arab Spring, in addition to his work in Russia.

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