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Defence expert made UK envoy to Bangladesh

Update : 12 Oct 2015, 09:02 PM

Defence and conflict expert Alison Blake has been appointed as new British High Commissioner to Bangladesh.

She will replace Robert Gibson, who has been working in Bangladesh for the last four years, said a press release of the British Foreign Ministry.

In her career of 26 years, Alison has worked in defence related departments for about 13 years.

She joined the civil service in 1989 and her first assignment was in the Ministry of Defence.

Her assignments included assistant private secretary to secretary of state for defence.

She joined British foreign service in 1996 and immediately she was assigned to Nato, an intergovernmental military alliance whose headquarters is located in Brussels.

After her return to the Foreign Ministry, she became deputy head of the Eastern Adriatic Department. She joined British mission in Washington as first secretary and worked there from 2001 to 2005.

After her return, she worked in the cabinet office as deputy director, defence and overseas secretariat from 2006 to 2007.

She became the head of Conflict Group at the Foreign Ministry in 2007 and worked there till 2010.

In 2011, she became deputy high commissioner to Pakistan.

Blake is scheduled to assume her duty in January next year. 

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