Simon Smith

Chairman, Steering Committee, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme


Simon Smith retired in January 2022 from a 35-year career in the UK diplomatic service. He served in London, Tokyo, Moscow, Vienna, Kyiv and Seoul.   

Past experience

2018-22 HM Ambassador to South Korea
2012-15 HM Ambassador to Ukraine
2007-12 UK Governor, IAEA, Perm Rep to UN in Vienna and HM Ambassador to Austria

Director, Russia, S Caucasus and C Asia, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2002-04 Head of NE Asia & Pacific Department, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office