Joëlle Jenny is a Senior Civil Servant with 25 years experience at the nexus between diplomacy, development, security and humanitarian issues. She is currently Director for South East Asia and Pacific at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Joelle has spent her career at the nexus between international security, diplomacy, and development. Since joining HMG in 2004 she has worked for DFID, the Foreign Office and the Cabinet Office.
She has had postings at the UN, where she served at the UK Mission to the UN; and at the EU External Action Service (EEAS), where she spent 5 years as Director, Security Policy and Conflict Prevention. During that time she led EU international engagement on outer space, cyber security, arms control, CT, conflict resolution and sanctions, on loan from HMG. Prior to joining HMG she worked for NATO, the ICRC and the Swiss Foreign Ministry.
She has lived and worked in conflict affected countries in Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East. Between 2016-2018 she took a 2-year sabbatical as a Fellow at Harvard to research cyber security, AI and emerging tech’s impacts on international peace and security.
Prior to Joëlle's Associate Research role at Harvard, she was the Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention at the European Union’s External Action Service in Brussels, in charge of cyber and outer space security policy; non-proliferation and arms control; counter-terrorism; conflict prevention; and sanctions. Previously she served for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Swiss Foreign Ministry, NATO and the International Committee of the Red Cross. She worked extensively in Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian Territories, and has held postings in New York, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Joëlle Jenny holds an MA in International Security from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, USA and is fluent in French, English & German.