Adam Thomson


Geopolitics, International Politics & Security

Job Title

Director l Former Diplomat & UK Permanent Representative to NATO


The European Leadership Network (ELN)


London, United Kingdom




Former Diplomat with decades of experience in converting vision into practical results. He is a senior cross-sector leader who offers strategic, ambitious leadership and shares insights on European and International Security.

Speaking Topics

  • European security & defence policy; transatlantic relations
  • EU-NATO relations 
  • NATO expansion: Should it be expanding eastwards?
  • UK Defence and security policy
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Nuclear Arms Control at a Crossroads: Stakes for International Security?
  • Afghanistan: The Future under the Taliban administration
  • [Girls’] education in the developing world, especially South Asia

Expert Profile

Speaker has been the Director of the European Leadership Network (ELN) since November 2016. He is leading a rising not-for-profit organisation, part think tank, part campaigning network, working for better security in greater Europe.

Before joining the ELN he had a 38 year diplomatic career in the British Diplomatic Service, preceded by short spells at the World Bank and at Harvard. His final diplomatic posting was as the UK Permanent Representative to NATO between 2014 and 2016.