Sir David Warren


Current position and background

Sir David Warren

‘Sir David Warren was a member of the Council of the University of Kent from 2013 to 2021 (and Chair from 2014 to 2020).

Sir David was previously British Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, after a career in the British Diplomatic Service focused on East Asian affairs. He was made Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2012 and received the honour of Grand Cordon, Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) in 2017.

Sir David maintains a keen interest in Japan and East Asia, including as Chair of the Japan Society (2013 to 2019), Member of the Management Board, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia (2013 to present) and as Director of the UK/Japan 21st Century Group, a non-governmental forum for promoting greater understanding between the two countries. He is also a Visiting Professor, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield (2019 to present).

Sir David’s other roles include Director, Migration Matters Trust (since 2013); Senior Advisor, Montrose Associates (2014 to present), a strategic intelligence company advising international businesses; Non-Executive Director, Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust (2015 to present); and a Member of the London Symphony Orchestra Advisory Council (2013 to present).

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