Sir David Warren

Former Ambassador to Japan for the UK


David Warren was British Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, after a career in the British Diplomatic Service that focused on East Asian affairs, in which he served three times in the British Embassy in Tokyo as well as two years as head of the China Hong Kong Department in the Foreign Office in London (1998-2000). He retired from the Diplomatic Service in January 2013.

He is Chair of Council at the University of Kent, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and an Honorary Professor of the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. He was Chair of the Japan Society from 2012 to 2018 and is also a member of the Board of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at the University of East Anglia, a member of the Advisory Board of Migration Matters Trust, a pro-legal migration campaigning group, and a non-executive Director of Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust.