Mr Michael Aron has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya in succession to Sir Dominic Anthony Gerard Asquith, KCMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.
Mr Aron, who has been Acting Head of Mission in Tripoli since September, will take up his appointment in January 2013.
Mr Aron joined the FCO in 1984 after studying Arabic and French at Leeds University. He has spent much of his career in the Middle East or dealing with Middle East issues in London and New York.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya, Mr Aron has said “I am delighted to be staying in Libya after three months as acting Head of Mission. Libya is at a critical period in its history and, following on from the important contribution the United Kingdom made to the Libyan Revolution, we are determined to play a major role in support of a successful transition to a democratic state governed according to the rule of law, in line with the wishes of the Libyan people.”
Full name: Michael Aron
Married to: Rachel Aron
Sept 2012 – Present Tripoli, Acting Head of Mission
2011 – 2012 Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Baghdad
2010 – 2011 FCO, Head of Middle East Department
2008 – 2009 Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Kuwait
2006 – 2008 Brussels, EU Director and Head of Scottish Government EU Office
2002 – 2006 UKRep Brussels, Political Counsellor
1999 – 2002 Amman, Deputy Head of Mission
1997 – 1999 FCO, Head of Comprehensive Spending Review Team (1997/98) and then Head of Management Consultancy Services (1998/99)
1996 – 1997 FCO, Deputy Head of Middle East Department
1993 – 1996 UKMis New York, First Secretary Middle East and Cyprus
1991 – 1993 FCO, Desk Officer, Middle East Peace Process, Near East and North Africa Department
1988 – 1991 Brasilia, First Secretary Commercial and Economic
1986 – 1988 FCO, Desk Officer ECD(I)
1986 Secondment to European Commission
1985 UKMis New York, Conference Support Officer 1985 General Assembly
1984 – 1985 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer for Iran, Middle East Department