Tom Fletcher

Tom became Principal of Hertford College in September 2020.

He was previously foreign policy adviser to three British prime ministers (2007-11) and UK ambassador to Lebanon (2011-15). More recently, he has been a visiting professor at New York University and chaired the International Advisory Board of the Creative Industries Federation, promoting Britain's most dynamic and magnetic sector overseas. In 2018 he founded the Foundation for Opportunity.

Tom led a review of British diplomacy for the UK Foreign Office in 2016, and on the future of the United Nations for the UN Secretary-General in 2017. In 2018 he authored a report on the skills the next generation needs to thrive in the 21st century.

His book on the future of diplomacy, The Naked Diplomat: Power and Politics in the Digital Age, was published in June 2016 by Harper Collins. He writes regularly for The National, Prospect and other publications, and has recently published Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux (2022), and The Ambassador (2022).

Featured programmes and seminars

  • High Capacity Campus

    Start date: 07/07/2024

    The main objective of this initiative is to develop the potential of young people between the ages of 10 and 18 who have been accredited as "high ability".

  • Workshop From Science to Society

    Start date: 22/09/2024

    The Rafael del Pino Foundation together with the Club de Científicos (Rafael del Pino Excellence Fellows) organise the FS2S: Translating today's research into tomorrow's solutions.

  • A History of the World programme. Jeremy Adelman

    Start date: 20/09/2024

    This course, aimed at young people aged between 17 and 25, invites them to learn about and delve into world history in order to understand how we are connected in the globalised world in which we live.

  • Artificial Intelligence Ethics Programme. Carissa Véliz

    Start date: 28/10/2024

    This course will help us understand the "digital reality" we live in. A practical and constructive approach, offering possible solutions to the ethical challenges generated by AI.