The new Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Kate Harrisson, began her duties in Peru after presenting credentials on April 26, 2018, before the Government of Peru.
Kate Harrisson is a public career civil servant of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and joined the British diplomatic service in 2000, informed a press release to Living In Peru.
“It is an honor for me to come to Peru and I was delighted to discover a diverse country with a lot of potentials, both human and economic”, she said, according to the press release. “Peru has made important progress in recent years and we will continue working together to promote the country’s economic and social development through education”, she added.
Harrisson also hopes that both countries can collaborate more closely on infrastructure issues, as they are already doing with the 2019 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Lima.
The new ambassador also believes that the bilateral relationship between the nations has been strengthened politically with multilateral forums, such as the UN Security Council.
Ambassador Harrisson served as Political Counselor of the British Embassy in Beijing, China from 2015 to 2017 and in the position of Bilateral Counselor of the FCO in China from 2013 to 2015. She was formerly the Deputy Chief of Mission of the British Embassy in Vietnam from 2010 to 2013, and Team leader in India, Nepal, and Bhutan, from 2006 to 2007.
She was also a Strategist of the Interdepartmental Drug Unit in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2006, and Economic Vice-Consul in Hong Kong from 2001 to 2005. She started her career at the FCO in the United Nations Department where she was in charge of Prevention of Conflicts, Humanitarian and Refugee Policy, and served from 2000 to 2001.