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Ambassadors Lecture Series - Sir David Warren

Story added 7th May 2019

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Join us for the first in our 'Ambassadors Lecture Series' with a lunchtime talk from Sir David Warren.

Thursday 23 May, 13:00-14:00, Room 106, City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA -  All welcome - BOOK >

Sir David Warren will talk about his career as a British diplomat, specifically as Ambassador to Japan, a country in which he served for nearly thirteen years of his career over 35 years in all, with particular emphasis on how learning the Japanese language helped him not only communicate but become more sensitive to the social culture of the country. The Ambassador will speak for 40 minutes, after which there will be time for a 20 minute Q & A.

Sir David Warren was British Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, having served twice before in the British Embassy in Tokyo (as Second and later First Secretary from 1978 to 1981 and Commercial Counsellor from 1993 to 1998). During a 37-year career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he studied Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Embassy language school in Kamakura, Japan, served in various Asia-related posts in the FCO in London (Deputy Head of the Far Eastern Department, 1990-1991; Head of China Hong Kong Department 1998-2000) and on the FCO Board of Management as Director of Human Resources from 2004 to 2007. He retired from the FCO in January 2013.

David Warren

He has been a member of the Council of the University of Kent since 2013, and Chair since August 2014.He is also an Associate Fellow of the Asia Programme at the Royal Institution of International Affairs (Chatham House), and a Board member of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at the University of East Anglia, the UK/Japan 21st Century Group, and Migration Matters Trust, a cross-party campaigning group highlighting the benefits of legal migration. From 2012 to 2018, he was Chairman of the Japan Society, the leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to UK-Japanese cultural, educational and business partnerships. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Sheffield and De Montfort Universities.

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Any questions? Get in touch:languages@citylit.ac.uk