Director Ministerial Advisory Division
Mr Iain King
Iain King CBE FRSA was educated at KLB Comprehensive School in Gloucestershire, Oxford University, and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He has been a Fellow at Cambridge University, and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); and an Adjunct Scholar at the Modern War Institute at West Point, USA.
Iain spent seven years working on the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s, and then four years with the EU and UN in Kosovo. As a Senior Governance and Conflict Advisor with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), he led the UK government's portfolio of research on conflict and development, and ran UK efforts to learn lessons from foreign engagements. He was also Director of Programmes at the UK's overseas democracy support foundation; pioneered localized stabilization drives in Helmand, Afghanistan; and coordinated international civilian work in Benghazi during Libya's 2011 war. He also served as defense counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington DC, where he oversaw defense policy and nuclear cooperation between the United Kingdom and the United States. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013 for his services to governance in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Libya.
He has written five books spanning international intervention, post-war reconstruction, and philosophy, including two fiction books rooted in military history, for which he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2015. He has a son and daughter, and enjoys walking.