CSFI Young Economists’ Group: A dinner discussion with Alexander Evans
Held on Monday, October 14, at Ruffer
Alexander Evans (Director – Cyber, FCO)
I have known Alexander for a long time – and, hence, tend to take him for granted. But, truth be told, he has already had a pretty astounding career – and, I would imagine, he is only about half-way through it.
At the present time, he is director of cyber security at the Foreign Office – which gives him an unparalleled insight into this country’s security and economic vulnerabilities. Before that, he was deputy (and, for some time, acting) High Commissioner in India, overseeing a workforce of five thousand, toiling on behalf of HMG. Before that, he headed the UN Security Council’s Al Qaeda/Taliban monitoring team in NY, reporting to Ban Ki-Moon. He was also the Henry Jackson Fellow at Yale, where he taught, and held the Henry Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress in D.C. Perhaps even more important, he spent a couple of years as senior advisor to the inspirational (if mercurial) Ambassador Richard Holbrook – a rare honour for a Brit. Before that, he was a diplomat in Islamabad (and, briefly and bravely, “our man in Peshawar”).
Going back even further, Alexander had a spell as programme director at Policy Exchange here in London, but only after learning all he knew with me at the CSFI. He graduated from LSE, and has a PhD from SOAS (on Kashmir, which is another string to his bow).
He is a man of many parts – all of them rather impressive. I am not quite sure what we can get him to talk about over dinner – but, when I try to summarize what he has already achieved, I am kind of stunned. For those of you who have more than a passing interest in security issues, in the struggle against terrorism, in how Washington and London work together, in diplomacy, in US academia, und so weiter, he is worth a detour. And thanks to our friends at Ruffer, the food and drink will also be Michelin-standard. But, remember, we only have a couple of dozen places. So, if you (or a colleague/friend who meets our elastic criteria*) would like to join us, please let us know by emailing email@example.com or to 0207 621 1056.
*Notionally, under 40, and with an interest in economics—though, for this one, we stretch that to include security/diplomatic concerns.