David Slinn is an international diplomat and strategist who has worked on some of the world’s most challenging files, from North Korea to Kosovo, Afghanistan to Croatia.

As a Senior Associate of CIPS, Slinn will be working on new policy approaches to North Korea, as well as following the debate leading up to the UK’s “in-out” referendum on its membership of the EU. He will also be looking at developments in the Balkans where the EU’s neighbourhood and expansion policies are facing a severe test”

Slinn has extensive experience providing leadership and guidance in post-conflict contexts and hostile security environments. Most recently, he was UK Ambassador to Zagreb, Croatia from 2012 to 2015, promoting UK political interests in Croatia leading up to and after accession to the EU in 2013. His Foreign Office career began with a series of increasingly senior positions in London, Geneva, New York, Brazzaville, Ulan Bator, Pretoria/Cape Town and Tirana, dealing with political, trade, development aid and media issues. In 1999 he became the first diplomat to enter Kosovo post-conflict when he deployed with a laptop and armoured Land Rover to set up the UK presence in Pristina. His involvement in the region continued through to 2001-2 when he was part of a EU/NATO-led preventive diplomacy initiative to avoid civil war in Macedonia.

Slinn was then assigned to Pyongyang in 2002 as the first British Ambassador to North Korea, establishing the embassy in acutely sensitive security conditions. He later led the Afghanistan Drugs and Justice Unit in the British Foreign Office, a role that built on his experience as the first civilian leader of a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand, Afghanistan in 2007-2008. David returned to Kosovo in 2008-09 to play a strategic role in building the International Civilian Office to support the independence of Kosovo.

Slinn was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in (2008), appointed to the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005. He holds a BA from the University of Salford, UK and speaks French, German, Croatian, Serbian and Korean.

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