Sir David Blatherwick, KCMG, OBE
Diplomat and writer
"Why am I a humanist? Because humanity’s highest achievements are our capabilities for rational thought, for moral choice, and for respecting one another as individual human beings. These, the hard-earned values of the Enlightenment, are the basis of our intellectual and political freedom. We must fight for them."
Born in 1941, David Blatherwick was educated at Lincoln School and Oxford before entering the diplomatic service. His special interests were the Middle East and Irish affairs and he was ambassador to the United Nations (1986-9), Ireland (1991-5) and Egypt (1995-9). He was the joint-Chair of Anglo-Irish Encounter from 1992-8, and has been Chair of the Egyptian British Chamber of Commerce since 1999 and a trustee of the British University in Egypt since 2005. His The International Politics of Telecommunications was published by Berkeley in 1987.