Sir Alan Munro
Diplomat, Author, Former UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Sir Alan Munro joined the Diplomatic Service in 1958 on leaving Cambridge where he read history. He went to Lebanon to learn Arabic, and subsequently worked in Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya and Brazil as well as in the Foreign Office. He had a spell in the Ministry of Defence looking after military cooperation with Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, before going to Algeria as ambassador in 1974. He was subsequently Under-Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa and was British ambassador in Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1993, a period which coincided with the Kuwait crisis. Since leaving the Diplomatic Service he has advised a number of firms on the Middle East region. He was chairman of the Saudi-British Society and a vice-chairman of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding member of the Saudi-British Business Council and advised the Ministry of Defence on the UK/Saudi Al Yamamah Economic Offset Programme. He was also a director of Middle East International magazine and writes and broadcasts on Arab issues. He is author of a book, ‘Arab Storm’, on the politics and diplomacy behind the 1990-91 Kuwait crisis, which has reissued in paperback. He has also been a governor of Imperial College in London and vice-chairman of the British Red Cross Society. Sir Alan Munro was awarded the Order of King Abdul Aziz by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia after the Gulf War.