Roundtable with HE Mr Andy Sparkes on The Role of The International Community in Post-Conflict Environments

Tue, 11 May 2010 18:30 in Discussion Forums
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Where: Dialogue Society, London
with HE Mr Andy Sparkes, The British Ambassador to Kosovo

Biography of HE Mr Andy Sparkes

Andy Sparkes became British Ambassador to Kosovo on 28 April 2008, after presenting his credentials to President Sejdiu. His previous Foreign Office postings have been as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo (2004-7), Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa (2001-2004) and Deputy Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia (1999-2001).

Earlier in his career he was also posted to Turkey and Thailand. Senior jobs in London have included Assistant Human Resources Director, and Director for Services Exports in the UK's Trade and Investment Promotion agency. Andy was awarded the CMG (Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George) for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo during its transition from civil war to democratic elections held in 2006. Andy also holds the professional qualification MCIPD (Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

He speaks some Albanian, but is still taking lessons! He also speaks fluent French, understands some Turkish, and has a little Thai and Indonesian. He is a reasonable amateur musician- he plays the piano and sings. He plays golf (badly, but he enjoys it) and likes sailing dinghies when he gets the chance. Andy is divorced and has two children- Edward who is a student at Birmingham University in the UK and Laura who is a school sixth former. They will visit him in Pristina.

Participants

  • HE Mr Andy Sparkes, The British Ambassador to Kosovo
  • HE Dr Dragisa Burzan, The Ambassador of Montenegro to the UK
  • HE Dr Muhamet Hamiti, The Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the UK
  • Chris Langdon, Managing Director, Oxford Research Group
  • Chris Woodworth, Kosovo Analyst, Ministry of Defence
  • Dr Cem Erbil, Academic Coordinator, Dialogue Society
  • Dr Eric Gordy, Senior Lecturer in South East European Politics, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Dr Florian Bieber, Lecturer in East European Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent
  • Dr Jasna Dragovic-Soso, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Department of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Rigels Halili, Alexander Nash Fellow in Albanian Studies, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Entela Gjika, Counsellor, The Embassy of Albania in London
  • Frances Sleap, Intern, Dialogue Society
  • Helen Fazey, Kosovo Team Leader, Western Balkans Group, FCO
  • Ilknur Kahraman, Co-director, Dialogue Society
  • Joanna Hanson, Principal Research Analyst (Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania) FCO
  • Oksana Antonenko, Senior Fellow, Programme Director (Russia and Eurasia), International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Ozcan Keles, Excetuvie Director, Dialogue Society
  • Professor George Kolankiewicz, Chair of Sociology of Central Europe, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Professor James Gow, Director of the International Peace and Security Programme, King's College London
  • Sheelagh Stewart, Head of the Stabilisation Unit, Department for International Development
  • Simon Narbeth, Social Development Adviser, Country Programmes, Europe Department, Department for International Development
  • Susan Laffey, Principle Research Analyst (Western Balkans), FCO
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