Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE (MSc African Studies, 2019) was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of St Hugh’s College, in recognition of his outstanding diplomatic career and services to British foreign policy.
Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE is a British diplomat who served as High Commissioner to Zambia from April 2016 until August 2019. He held diplomatic positions representing the British government in Afghanistan, Australia, Guinea, Indonesia, Libya, Nigeria, and Zambia. His first position as head of mission was as the British High Commissioner to the Seychelles from 2007 to 2009. In September 2009, he became the British High Commissioner to Malawi. After his expulsion from Malawi, he spent a year as Deputy Head of Mission in Helmand, Afghanistan. He was appointed British Ambassador to Liberia in 2013 and was replaced in April 2015. He was appointed High Commissioner to Zambia in February 2016 and took up the post when he presented his letter of credence to President Lungu on 21 April 2016.
Fergus was on a sabbatical from the Foreign Office when he undertook an MSc in African Studies at St Hugh’s College in 2019. He was appointed OBE “for services to British foreign policy” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.