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, 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.
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. Next book out in the Autumn, on how we take back control of the 21st Century.
I live in Oxford with Louise, Charlie and Theo.