John JenkinsAmbassador, Baghdad
John Jenkins was appointed as Her Majesty's Ambassador to Iraq in December 2009.
John joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1980. After Arabic language training, he was posted to Abu Dhabi from 1983 to 1986.
John moved back to London as Head of East Africa section, and then moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1989 as Head of Political Section. He spent three years from 1992 - 1995 as Assistant Head of the Joint Assistance Unit, and then took up post at the British Embassy in Kuwait as Deputy Head of Mission from 1995 - 1998. After studying Burmese, John was appointed Ambassador to Burma between 1999 and 2002. In 2003 he became Consul-General in Jerusalem, and moved from there to the Syrian Arab Republic where he was Ambassador from 2006 – 2007. He was then appointed Director for Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign Office in London, where he worked until taking up post in Baghdad.