Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sir Paul Lever KCMG

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Sir Paul Lever KCMG became a member of the Diplomatic Service upon graduating from The Queen's College, Oxford in 1966. From 1967 to 1971, he served as 3rd and later 2nd Secretary at the British Embassy in Helsinki. He held the position of Chef de Cabinet to Lord Christopher Tugendhat, Vice-President of the European Economic Community, from 1981 until 1985. During his long and outstanding career in the Diplomatic Service, he specialized in European and politico-military affairs. From 1985 to 1990, he consecutively served as Head of the UN, Defence, and Security Policy Departments at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He represented the UK as Ambassador and Head of the Delegation at the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe held in Vienna (1990-92) and was later appointed assistant Under-Secretary at the FCO (1992-1994). later, he served as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (1994-96) and Director for EU and Economic Affairs at the FCO (1996-97). He took up the post of Ambassador to Germany in 1997 and retired from service in 2003.


From 2003 to 2006, he was Global Development Director at RWE Thames Water. He held the position of Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute, the world's oldest and the UK's leading defense and security think tank, from 2003 to 2006. He was a Non-Executive Director of Sellafield Ltd. from 2007 to 2012.


Sir Paul Lever's book, 'Berlin Rules: Europe and the German Way', was published in 2017 and offers insight into the future of Germany-led Europe in the aftermath of Brexit.


He holds an honorary LLD degree from Birmingham University and an honorary fellowship at The Queen's College, Oxford.


Sir Paul Lever was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for British Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin from 2005 to 2023.