Frances Guy is currently head of Middle East region at Christian Aid based in London. She worked as representative of UN Women in Iraq between May 2012 and December 2014, spending two years in Baghdad and six months in Erbil in northern Iraq. Prior to 2012, Frances was a career diplomat in the British Foreign Service where she had the honour to serve as ambassador to Yemen and to Lebanon. Her career was mostly focused in the Arab world and in East Africa, although she also worked in Thailand.
Before joining the diplomatic service, Frances worked for the British Council in Damascus and at the European Parliament in Luxembourg. She has three children and enjoys running and swimming. Frances is currently president of the British Society of Middle East Studies (BRISMES) and is a trustee of the Alexandria Trust.