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1 September 2016, New York – Brief biography of Ms. Joanne (Jo) Adamson OBE, Ambassador, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York

Deputy Head of Delegation, Ambassador Joanne (Jo) Adamson OBE

Deputy Head of Delegation, Ambassador Joanne (Jo) Adamson OBE

Ambassador Joanne (aka Jo) Adamson, has been Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York since 1 September 2016.

Ambassador Adamson was UK Ambassador to Mali from August 2014 until August 2016, and non-Resident Ambassador to Niger from September 2015 to August 2016.

Ambassador Adamson joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989. She has served in Cairo, Jerusalem, at the UK Mission to the UN in New York, Washington, and at the UK Mission to the UN in Geneva. In addition to being the UK’s Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament from 2011-2013, she was the UK’s Chief Negotiator at the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty diplomatic conferences in 2012 and 2013.

Ambassador Adamson worked in the Security Policy Department of the FCO from 1989-1990, in the Middle East Department from 1995-1997 and in Counter Proliferation Department from 2007-2009.

Ambassador Adamson has also worked with the United Nations in a number of field and HQ roles. She took unpaid leave from the UK Government to work for the United Nations in Gaza, Kosovo, and New York from 1999 to 2002.

She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge in 1989, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in May 2014.

She speaks fluent Arabic and French, and some Hebrew and Spanish.

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  • Ref: DELNY16-002EN
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  • Date: 01/09/2016

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