Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Somalia: February 2019

Mr Ben Fender OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia in succession to Mr David Concar, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Fender will take up his appointment in February 2019.


Full name: Benjamin James Fender

2016 to 2019FCO, Head, Security Policy Department
2015 to 2016Tehran, Chargé then Deputy Head of Mission
2015FCO, Deputy Head, Iran Department
2014 to 2015Freetown, Deputy Head, UK Ebola Response
2012 to 2014Kabul, Counsellor (Political)
2008 to 2011Paris, First Secretary (Political/Military)
2007 to 2008Seconded to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2003 to 2007FCO, Head, Iran team
1999 to 2003Beijing, Second then First Secretary (Political)
1997 to 1999FCO, Language training (Chinese)
1996 to 1997FCO, Desk Officer for Palestine, Arab/Israel team