About Tom

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Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University. I was previously the foreign policy adviser to three UK Prime Ministers (2007-11) and the UK’s Ambassador to Lebanon (2011-15). More recently I was a Visiting Professor at New York University (2015-20), advised the Global Business Coalition for Education, and chaired the International Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation. In 2018 I founded The Foundation for Opportunity which supports good people doing good things in public life.
 
I led a review of British diplomacy for the UK Foreign Office in 2016, and on the future of the United Nations for the UN Secretary General in 2017. Plus a report in 2018 on the skills the next generation need to thrive in the 21st century.
 
My book on the future of statecraft, ‘The Naked Diplomat: Power and Politics in the Digital Age’, was published in June 2016 by Harper Collins. Forthcoming books are Renaissance 2.0: Survival Skills for a World in Flux (Harper Collins, Spring 2021) and The Zealot (Canelo, Summer 2021).
 
I live in Oxford with Louise and my two sons Charlie and Theo.
 

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