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Tom Roe

Former EU Ambassador to Hong Kong


Thomas Roe is a full-time official of the European Union, working on Europe’s external relations worldwide since 1980. He is an Asia expert and now Adviser to the Asia Directorate of the European External Action Service in Brussels.

Other previous roles have included Head of Delegation of the European Union Office in Hong Kong and Macao (Hong Kong 2004-2008), Desk Officer for Indonesia and East Timor, EU Fellow and Visiting Professor in Globalisation Studies at George Mason University USA Washington DC 2000-2001, Head of the European Community Investment Partners scheme for promoting European direct investment throughout the developing world 1992-1999, Head of the EC Food and Emergency Aid mobilization and delivery service 1989-1992, political desk officer for Southern Africa especially Zambia and Malawi 1984-1988, EC aid co-financing with international financial institutions 1982-1983, and Deputy Head of the Contracts, Accounting and Payments unit for the European Development Fund 1980-1982. Before joining the European Union, he was an international banker in London, Paris, Bahrain and Dubai 1974-77 with Lloyds Bank International and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company 1979-1980. 

Thomas Roe is also active in the academic sector, where he has held and still holds several visiting positions. He graduated from University College London, the Open University and the London Business School.