United Kingdom appoints a new ambassador to Somalia

Ms Harriet Mathews OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Somalia in succession to Mr Neil Wigan, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Mathews will take up her appointment during June 2015.

Ms Mathews joined the FCO in 1997 and most recently headed the Ebola Task Force. Ms Mathews is an Africa specialist and has held three other positions related to Africa, including the Head of East and West Africa Department. Ms Mathews has also been Head of Energy in the Foreign Office and has worked in Brazil, Israel and Afghanistan. She was awarded the OBE in 2005 for her work on West Africa.

On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia, Ms Mathews has said, 

I am delighted to have been appointed as British Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia. I look forward to working to deepen the strong relationship between our two countries. The United Kingdom has been instrumental in helping to bring peace and security back to Somalia, and it is a great privilege to be able to contribute personally to this process.


Full name Harriet Mathews OBE
2014 FCO, Head of Ebola Task Force
2012 – 2014 FCO, Head of East & West Africa Department
2009 – 2011 FCO, Head Energy, Climate Change and Energy Department
2008 – 2009 FCO, Head, Rule of Law Afghanistan
2005 – 2008 Tel Aviv, Head of Political and Press Section
2003 – 2005 FCO, Head of West Africa Section, Africa Directorate
2003 FCO, Press Officer, Press Office
1999 – 2002 Brasilia, Second Secretary
1997 – 1998 FCO, Desk Officer for Central Africa, Africa Directorate
1997 Joined FCO

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