Jeremy Lester was – until his retirement in 2014 – an adviser on conflict prevention to the Africa Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS). He joined the EU institutions in 1976. Prior to that he was the head of the EEAS division responsible for the Horn of Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean and earlier, EU Head of Delegation first in Rwanda and then Niger. He has also worked in Lesotho and Madagascar and been at various times responsible for EU relations with Mozambique, Angola, Uganda, Mauritius and Congo. He programmed support for several countries of the former Soviet Union following its collapse.
His work in human rights and democratisation and with countries in or emerging from conflict has centred on the topic of societal change. He is interested in peacebuilding, restorative justice and refugee issues.
He has a degree in philosophy and economics from the University of Cambridge and another in development economics and administration from Norwich University.
He is a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), and is on the boards of trustees of Refugee Action, Saferworld, and Conciliation Resources in the UK.
Issue areas/specialisms: Gender, Justice, Finance
Geographical specialisms: Africa, Former Soviet Union