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Ben Llewellyn-Jones OBE

Ben Llewellyn-Jones is the British Deputy High Commissioner (DHC) in Lagos, Nigeria. Ben Llewellyn-Jones, is an experienced diplomat who has worked in different parts of the world including Nigeria earlier in his career. He will be supporting all UK priorities in Nigeria but in particular economic development, trade and investment.

Previously he worked at the British High Commission in Abuja in the role of Political Counsellor from July 2014 to July 2017. He was most recently Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa from August 2017 to August 2020. He also worked as the British High Commissioner to Rwanda and non-resident Ambassador to Burundi from 2011 – 2014.

In London Ben Llewellyn-Jones has held a range of responsibilities including as the lead on the UK’s policy and programmes on climate change, business and investment, and policing and organised crime. He has also served as the Deputy Head, Climate Change and Energy Group, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (London) from January 2009 to November, 2010; the Head of Third Country Relations Team, UK Home Office (London, March 2006 to December 2006).

Ben Llewellyn-Jones has also held policy roles in Police and Organised Crime policy, UK Permanent Representation (embassy) to the EU amongst other roles. He is looking forward to using this wealth of experience across several fields to advance the UK-Nigeria relationship.

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