Sir Simon Gass

Government's Most Senior Expert On Iran

Dr Simon Gass

Sir Simon Gass had a long career as a British diplomat. As the Foreign Office’s Political Director, from 2012 to 2015, Simon was responsible for policy on the Middle East, Russia, Africa, South and Central Asia, the United Nations and other international institutions.

Simon was recognised as the British Government’s most senior expert on Iran: he was British Ambassador to Tehran (2009-11), he led the UK team at the prolonged E3+3 negotiations which resulted in the successful Iran Nuclear Agreement in July 2016 and he was the architect of the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the UK and Iran in 2016.

Simon also worked extensively on Middle East issues, leading teams working on a series of high-profile policy challenges including Syria, ISIL, Libya, the Gulf and Yemen. In addition, he managed a series of crises including the conflicts in Ukraine and Afghanistan.

In addition to Ambassador to Iran and Political Director, Simon’s positions included Ambassador to Greece (2004-2009) and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan (2011-12). He was also the Foreign Office’s Finance Director (2001-04) and a member of its Management Board for seven years.

Simon is currently the Chair of FCO Services, the Foreign Office’s commercial arm which provides a range of integrated, secure services worldwide to the UK government and other governments and organisations closely linked to the UK. He also leads the International Civil Service Effectiveness project.

He is a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, a member of the Global Relations Forum Task Force on the Iran deal and he speaks and lectures widely on Iran and the Middle East.

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  • Iran
  • British Government
  • Security
  • Transport & Travel


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