Sir David Reddaway KCMG MBE

Sir David Reddaway KCMG MBE

British Ambassador to Turkey


David Reddaway was the British Ambassador to Turkey until 2014. He previously held posts in Iran, during the revolution and again in the 90s, and in Argentina, Madrid, New Delhi and London. He was the UK Special Representative for Afghanistan in the early stages of the war, the High Commissioner in Ottawa and the Ambassador to Dublin. In keynote speeches David considers our place in the world and sheds light on many a risk - from China’s activities in Russia to an evolving Turkish landscape and systemic instability across much of the Middle East.


David Reddaway was the British Ambassador to Turkey for five years. He has also held Foreign Office positions in Madrid, Buenos Aires, New Delhi and Tehran. He was also High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Ireland before accepting the position in Ankara.

Joining the Foreign Office after university, David was posted to Tehran and remained there throughout the Revolution, working on both political and press briefs. He then moved to Madrid before returning to London and becoming Private Secretary to the Ministers of the FCO, under Geoffrey Howe.

David was then posted to New Delhi, dealing with India's external relations. He left at short notice in 1990 to reopen the British Embassy in Tehran on the restoration of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Islamic Republic of Iran. He then spent three years in Tehran as Chargé d'Affaires. David was then appointed to the British Embassy in Argentina before returning to London again as the Head of the Southern European department at the FCO. Here he dealt with issues such as Gibraltar, Cyprus and Turkey’s EU candidacy, and was made Director shortly after.

After his time as the UK’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, David spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard, before moving to Canada as the High Commissioner in Ottawa where he focused on the promotion of inward investment and trade. He was subsequently made Ambassador to Dublin under Mary McAleese’s Presidency before moving to Turkey to spend five years as Ambassador.

Few diplomats have had David’s fortune to be a key witness to some of the world’s most politically and economically influential nations with insight into developing nations and geopolitical hot-spots.

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