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Name: Sheinwald, Nigel
Current Position: Previous Ambassador

Nigel Sheinwald took up his position as British Ambassador to the United States in October 2007. Born in 1953, Sheinwald was educated at Harrow County Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford.  

Sheinwald joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1976. He worked in London on the Japan Desk (1976-1977), in Moscow (1978-1979), back in London on Zimbabwe Desk (1979-1981), including the Lancaster House Conference, and as head of the Foreign Office’s Anglo-Soviet Section in 1981-1983.
His first posting to Washington was from 1983-1987 as first secretary (political) in the British Embassy. He was deputy head of the British Foreign Office’s Policy Planning Staff from 1987-1989, responsible for transatlantic relations and other issues. 
He began his career in European Union work as deputy head of the FCO’s European Union Department from 1989-1992, followed by a posting in the UK Representation in 1993-1995 as head of its Political and Institutional Section. From 1995-1998, he was the FCO press secretary and head of news department. 
Sheinwald was Europe Director in the FCO (1998-2000), UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels from 2000-2003, and Foreign Policy and Defense Adviser to the prime minister from 2003-2007.

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