Sir Derek Plumbly has long experience as a diplomat and international official in the Arab world. From 2012 to 2015 he was the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon prior to which for three years he chaired the international commission which oversaw implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan. He was British ambassador to Egypt from 2003 to 2007 and Saudi Arabia from 2000 to 2003. His earlier career in the FCO included postings to the UK mission to the UN in New York and as Deputy Head of Mission in Riyadh. He speaks Arabic which he studied in Lebanon and Jordan after graduating from Oxford and teaching with VSO in Pakistan. He was appointed CMG in 1991 and KCMG in 2000. Sir Derek is Visiting Professor of Middle East Studies at King’s College London. He and his wife, Nadia Youssef Gohar, have two sons and a daughter.