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His Excellency Governor John Stewart Duncan, OBE, DFNWC

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: His Excellency Governor John Stewart Duncan, OBE, DFNWC

His Excellency Governor John Stewart Duncan is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and was appointed as Her Majesty’s 16th Governor of the British Virgin Islands in June 2013 and took up his post in August 2014.

Governor Duncan was previously sworn in as Acting Governor of the Falkland Islands on February 27 and served for a period of approximately two months. He was previously Deputy and then acting Head of the former South Atlantic Dependant Territories and Antarctic Department from 1996 to 1998.

John joined the FCO in 1980, and has served in Paris, Sudan, Brussels, Albania, and Kosovo. He spent ten years in Multilateral Diplomacy, both from London and overseas, covering the development of European Defence and in the operational arm of counter proliferation.

From 2006 to 2011, he was British Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control and Disarmament; a roving ambassador role, based in Geneva and New York covering inter alia the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review process and the negotiation of new treaties (e.g. the Oslo Treaty banning Cluster Munitions and the new Arms Trade Treaty).

He has also worked in traditional bilateral diplomacy in Paris and Albania, where in 1992, he set up the first joint Anglo-French Diplomatic Mission. From 2001 to 2006, he was the UK Trade and Investment Director for France based in Paris.

Governor Duncan has extensive experience in crisis management. From 1985 to 1988, he was seconded to the UK’s ODA (now DFID) in Khartoum during the Sudan famine. From 1990 to 1991, he was Assistant Private Secretary to Baroness Chalker, the Minister for Overseas Development and Africa.

From 1998 to 2001, he was seconded to the NATO military as the UK International Affairs Advisor to the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Wesley Clark, during the Kosovo conflict. Digital Diplomacy has been a major feature of his professional career – a regular blogger on the FCO site from 2007 to 2011, On Twitter @JDuncanFCO and as an FCO Podcaster on iTunes. In 2011, he was the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative to the London Conference on Cyberspace. He was FCO Director for Communications and Engagement from 2012 to 2013.

Governor Duncan has language proficiency in English and French. His education and training includes:

  • 1992: Diploma in Defence Studies, NATO Defence College, Rome, Italy
  • 1982: Government Administration Program, Institute d’Administration Publique
  • 1977-1980: BA (Hons) in International Relations, Keele University

Governor Duncan’s numerous honours and decorations include:

  • 2015: Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College (DFNWC)
  • 2001: Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, United States Department of the Army
  • 2001: NATO Kosovo Medal
  • 1993: Order of the British Empire (OBE)

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, His Excellency Governor John Stewart Duncan is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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