29 Aug 2019

A Conversation with Youth | Kanbar Hossein-Bor


Kanbar Hossein-Bor, the UK Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh has held a number of posts, both as a lawyer and diplomat, including in the Netherlands (UK agent to International Court of Justice), Iraq (head of the human rights team), Libya (head of Libya team) and Liberia, where he was briefly deployed as Head of Mission during the Ebola crisis.

In his last post he established and led the EU Exit Taskforce in the Foreign Ministry in London. He has successfully led UK delegations in multilateral conferences and meetings, including in Vienna, Geneva, Kampala and New York. He has also led Weand facilitated working groups in the International Criminal Court and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Before joining the Foreign Office as a lawyer, Kanbar practiced constitutional and criminal law as a barrister and is a Lord Denning and Kennedy Scholar with Lincoln’s Inn.

Kanbar speaks Balochi, Farsi and Arabic. He studied law at Warwick University and holds a master’s degree in international law from Cambridge University (St. Edmund’s College). In 2016 he joined Yale University as a Yale World Fellow. Kanbar came to the UK as a refugee and has given talks in schools and universities about his experiences and the importance of diversity in the diplomatic service and wider public life. Kanbar enjoys playing squash, reading poetry and is a fan of Liverpool Football club.

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