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Michael Arthur

London, UK
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British High Commissioner to India (2003-07)

British Ambassador to Germany (2007-10)

Expert on UK and EU relations with India

Sir Michael Arthur is one of Britain’s foremost experts on India, having spent 4 years as the British High Commissioner in New Delhi from 2003 to 2007. He is also the co-founder of The Ambassador Partnership, an international business consultancy.

Currently, Michael is a member of numerous advisory and not- forprofit boards, including the William Hague’s Locarno Group – an advisory board on Foreign Policy, the Senior European Experts group and he is a non exec for Diligenta, the UK regulated subsidiary of Tata Consultancy Services.

Michael served as the British Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 2007 to November 2010. A fluent German speaker, he had a previous posting to Germany between 1984 and 1988, when he worked at the British Embassy in Bonn as First Secretary Political.

Michael has held several European posts at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, including Director General Europe and Economic (2001-03) and Head of European Union Department (1988-93). Between 1993 and 1997 he was a Political Counsellor at the Embassy in Paris. His career also includes spells in Kinshasa, Geneva, Washington and New York.

Our Comment

"Having retired from the foreign office very recently, Michael has a particularly current understanding of the challenges facing European businesses as they engage with opportunities in India."

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