Derek Plumbly  

Sir Derek Plumbly


  • Bio: Sir Derek Plumbly took up his appointment as United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Coordinator for Lebanon in January 2012. His career in international affairs spans more than 40 years during which he has held senior posts in the Middle East and elsewhere. He was the independent chairman of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission charged with monitoring implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan from 2008 to 2011. Sir Derek Plumbly served as the British Ambassador to Egypt from 2003 to 2007, when he strongly encouraged the establishment of the British University in Egypt. He was previously, from 2000 to 2003, British AmAmbassador to Saudi Arabia. He also held the posts of Director, Middle East and North Africa (1997 to 2000) and International Drugs Coordinator, Director of Drugs and Crime (1996-1997) in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 1992 to 1996, Sir Derek served as Head of Chancery at the UK Mission to the UN in New York. He was First Secretary in the British Embassy in Cairo from 1977 to 1980. He was knighted in 2000. Sir Derek Plumbly read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. He is an Arabic speaker, having first studied Arabic in Lebanon from 1972 to 1974. Sir Derek is married to Nadia Youssef Gohar. They have two sons and a daughter.