Jon Benjamin (diplomat)

Jon Benjamin (born 19 January 1963) is a British diplomat. He is currently the Director of the Diplomatic Academy at the British Foreign Office.

Jon Benjamin
Her Majesty's Ambassador to Chile, Jon Benjamin.jpg
British Ambassador to Mexico
Assuming office
August 2021
SucceedingCorin Robertson
British High Commissioner to Ghana
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byPeter Jones
Succeeded byIain Walker
British Ambassador to Chile
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
David Cameron
Preceded byHoward Drake
Succeeded byFiona Clouder
Personal details
EducationSlough Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of Surrey

Background and educationEdit

Jon Benjamin was brought up in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, attending Slough Grammar School. He read German and Swedish at the University of Surrey.[1]

Diplomatic careerEdit

  • 1986: Desk Officer for Pakistan
  • 1986–1987: Desk Officer for Burma and Laos, South East Asian Department
  • 1988–1991: Jakarta, Third, later Second Secretary (Political)
  • 1992–1993: Head of Section for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Eastern Department
  • 1993–1995: Chief-of-staff to Minister of State responsible for EU/Europe and Latin America
  • 1996–1999: Ankara, First Secretary, Head of Political and Public Affairs Section
  • 2000: Head of Zimbabwe Emergency Unit
  • 2000–2002: Deputy Head, Drugs and International Crime Department
  • 2002–2005: Head of Human Rights Policy Department
  • 2005: Washington, D.C., Counsellor (Counter-terrorism and Human Rights)
  • 2005–2008: New York City, Deputy Consul General & Deputy Head of Mission, subsequently Acting Consul General
  • 2008–2009: New York, Secondment to Eurasia Group (political risk consultancy), Adviser to the president[2]
  • 2009–2014: Ambassador to Chile[3]
  • 2014–2017: High Commissioner to Ghana[4]
  • 2017: Director of the Diplomatic Academy
  • August 2021: Ambassador to Mexico[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Britain's Chile ambassador: The FCO's not Arabist, The Jewish Chronicle Online, 26 November 2009
  2. ^ Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Chile, British Embassy Buenos Aires, 17 June 2009 (via
  3. ^ Ambassador's farewell reception in Chile, British Embassy Santiago, 23 January 2014
  4. ^ Change of High Commissioner to Ghana, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 16 January 2014
  5. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Mexico: Jon Benjamin" (Press release). GOV.UK. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2021.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by British Ambassador to Chile
Succeeded by
Preceded by British High Commissioner to Ghana
Succeeded by