Fiona Clouder

Distinguished Fellow - Expertise in Latin America


Fiona Clouder has wide experience of Latin America, both as a diplomat and now through her work in the private sector. She continues to focus on Latin America, building business links and providing insight and advice on government relations and the wider political and economic context.

Fiona joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (now FCDO) in 2001, from the Research Councils (now UKRI) to build and lead the global Science and Innovation Network (UKSIN). Her career focus has included trade and investment, defence and prosperity, as well as science and innovation and environmental issues. She is also interested in the marine sector and maritime history and heritage.

From 2011, Fiona led the FCO’s strategy on Latin America (the Canning Agenda) to revitalise bilateral and business links. Fiona served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Chile, 2014 - 2018. In March 2020, Fiona was appointed as the UK Regional Ambassador, Latin America and Caribbean, COP26, driving diplomatic engagement at the top of governments and business, to build partnerships and influence for the UN Climate Change Conference - COP26 – outcomes. She sees the global ambition for Net Zero as a major opportunity, as well as challenge for the region and is particularly interested in the links between mining, energy and environment and related policy and security issues.

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