Tim Willasey-Wilsey

Member of Council


Tim is a visiting professor at King’s College, London. He also advises British companies on international affairs.

After a year teaching in Ethiopia and nearly five more exporting machinery for an international packaging company, Tim spent 27 years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, latterly as a director.

He served in four overseas posts; Angola (1983-86), Central America (1986-89), Pakistan (1993-96) and at the UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva (1999-2002).

His early career was devoted principally to Southern Africa and Central America and included work on Cuban troop withdrawal from Angola, majority rule in Namibia and South Africa, the resolution of the civil wars in Angola and Mozambique, and the peace processes in Central America and the Middle East.

From 1993 until he retired from the FCO in 2008 Tim’s main responsibilities concerned Asia. Much of his work was devoted to China, Japan and the Koreas but India, Pakistan and Afghanistan became his main focus.

At King’s he has lectured on South Asia, terrorism, insurgency, reconciliation and governmental approaches to conflict since 2012.

Tim holds an MA (First Class) in Modern History from the University of St Andrews. He was awarded the CMG in the Queen’s 2007 New Year Honours List.