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Paul Smith

Director of the British Council in Indonesia
British Council
UK

Paul Smith has been Director of the British Council in Indonesia since July 2016. Born in 1956, he was educated at King Edward’s School Birmingham and Queens’ College Cambridge. From 1978 to 1980 he lectured in Literature at St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, and then pursued doctoral studies in Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University also working as an academic supervisor for Cambridge BA honours students. He joined the British Council in 1983 and has been posted to Kano and Lagos (Nigeria), Burma, Chile, Germany and Bangladesh and then as Director of the British Council in New Zealand and in West India (Mumbai). From 2005-2010 he was Director of the British Council in Egypt and from 2010 – 2012 Director of the British Council in Afghanistan and Cultural Counsellor at the British Embassy in Kabul. From 2012 – 2016 he was Director of the British Council in the USA and Cultural Counsellor to the British Embassy in Washington DC. In the UK he has held the posts of Deputy Director Drama and Dance (1987-1989) and Director Arts (1999-2000). He was awarded the OBE in 1999.