James Moran has just retired as Principal Advisor on the Middle East and North Africa at the European External Action Service. He was Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation in the Arab Republic of Egypt from February 2012 to September 2016.
His long service with the European Institutions has been spent entirely in external relations and includes wide experience in the Middle East, where he also headed the EU missions to Jordan and Yemen in 1999-2002. Moran was the EU's senior coordinator in Libya during the 2011 revolution.
Between 2002 and 2011, after heading the China division in Brussels he was the EU's Asia Director from 2006-2011, and was chief negotiator for a number of EU partnership agreements with China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Earlier experience in the 1980's and 90's included service with the EU Delegations in Jamaica and Ethiopia and various assignments in Brussels. Prior to joining the EU in 1983 he worked for the UK government and private sector in London.
A U.K. national, he attended Keele, Harvard and London Universities.