Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sir Christopher Mallaby, GCMG GCVO



Born in 1936, Sir Christopher Mallaby was educated at Eton and Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School. He was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1959 to 1996.

He worked at the British Embassy in Moscow from 1961-1963 and from 1974-1977. He worked on British-Soviet relations in the Foreign Office from 1969-1971, and was Deputy Director of the British Trade Development Office in New York from 1971-1974. Between 1977 and 1982 he was Head successively of the Arms Control Department, the East European and Soviet Department and the Policy Planning Staff of the Foreign Office. From 1982 to 1985 he was Minister in the British Embassy in Bonn, and from 1985 to 1988 Deputy Secretary of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet. He was Ambassador to Germany from March 1988 to December 1992 and to France from January 1993 to July 1996.

Sir Christopher then worked for 10 years as a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of UBS, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. He was also a Director of Charter Pan European Investment Trust, a Member of the Supervisory Board of Vodafone AG in Germany and Vice Chairman of the Trustees of Thomson Reuters.

He did voluntary work as a Trustee of the Tate Galleries and Chairman of the Somerset House Trust. He was Chairman for 14 years of the Charitable Trust of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer. Sir Christopher was also Chairman of the Advisory Council of the German Studies Institute at the University of Birmingham and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from that university.

Sir Christopher is married with four children and numerous grandchildren. He lives in London and southern France. He speaks French, German and Russian, and his hobbies include looking at pictures and collecting them modestly. Sir Christopher was Chairman of the Centre’s Advisory Board from 1996 until 2005.