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Sir Stewart Eldon

An electronic engineer by training, Sir Stewart Eldon spent 34 years in the UK Diplomatic Service, specializing in multilateral negotiation and Security Policy.  Awarded the OBE for his contribution as FCO Deputy Crisis Manager during the 1990-91 Gulf War, he served as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York during 9/11, and retired as UK Permanent Representative to NATO in 2010.  He has wide experience of the policy and strategy surrounding many of the international crises of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Middle East, East Timor and many African conflicts. His time as British Ambassador to Ireland (2003-06) gave him a hands-on appreciation of the importance of ‘soft’ diplomacy as a tool for countering insurgency and promoting reconciliation.  Following Sabbaticals at Harvard and Yale, he published work on the Impact of Information Systems on Foreign Ministries and on East Timor. 

In retirement, he advises the NGO Transparency International on building integrity and countering corruption in defence and security, and has been involved in a number of TI projects in East Africa and other countries.  As a Partner in ADRg Ambassadors LLP, he provides mediation, corporate diplomacy and training services to a number of clients, including the IAEA, OPCW and CTBTO.  He is an Independent Member of the Parole Board for England & Wales and Senior Civil Adviser to the Higher Command & Staff Course at the UK Defence Academy.