Tom Fletcher CMG

Tom Fletcher is the Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University. He was previously the Foreign Policy Adviser to three UK Prime Ministers (2007-11) and the UK’s Ambassador to Lebanon (2011-15).

More recently he 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 he founded The Foundation for Opportunity which supports good people doing good things in public life.

He's published four books. ‘The Naked Diplomat: Power and Politics in the Digital Age’ (Harper Collins, June 2016), ‘Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux’ (Harper Collins, February 2022), ‘The Ambassador’ (Canelo, August 2022) and ’The Assassin’ (Canelo, March 2024).

He presented the BBC series ‘The Battle for Liberal Democracy’ (2023), 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.