Alex Ellis, the UK Ambassador to Brazil, reflects on how policy-making has changed in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 2010. “You’re not as good as we thought you were.” That was the message from the new Ministerial team to …
Alex Ellis, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Alex Ellis is the appointed Ambassador to Brazil, and has arrived in country in July 2013. Alex Ellis was Director for Strategy at the Foreign Office from January 2011 to April 2013. Previously he had spent time mainly in:
* Brussels, as adviser to the President of the European Commission on energy, climate change, competition, development, trade and strategy; and before that in the UK Representation to the EU working successively on the negotiations to establish the euro, the seven year budget, then institutional issues including the Treaty of Nice;
* Portugal, as British Ambassador (2007-10) and previously on his first posting abroad.
In between, he headed the EU and economic issues team in the British Embassy in Madrid and the Foreign Office’s team for the negotiations for the 2004 EU enlargement and EU/Turkey relations. He started his Foreign Office career as part of the team supporting the transition to multi party democracy in South Africa, following the release of Nelson Mandela.
Prior to this Alex Ellis was a history teacher. He is married to Teresa, and they have one son, Tomás.