Amb. Mark Lyall-Grant

Permanent Representative of the UK to the United Nations

Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities

About the Speaker

Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1980 after studying law at Cambridge University. His specialties include Africa, the European Union, and Pakistan.

Africa: His first FCO job was dealing with Namibia in the Southern Africa Department. He then served as Private Secretary to the Minister for Africa, Deputy Head of Mission in Pretoria, and as Director for Africa (2000-2003).

European Union: Ambassador Lyall-Grant served as Councellor in the European Secretariat of the Cabinet Office and as First Secretary in Paris (1990-93).

Pakistan: Ambassador Lyall-Grant's first overseas posting was as Second Secretary, Political, to Islamabad in 1982. He then returned as High Commissioner from 2003 to 2006.

The Ambassador's wife, Shelia, is also a member of the FCO Diplomatic Service. She also serves on the Board of Governors of Off-the-Record. They met on their respective first postings in Islamabad in 1982. Today they have two children, Hallam (20) and Lucy (18).