David Whineray

Senior Visiting Fellow


Mr Whineray is a Senior Visiting Fellow at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York, where he focuses on multilateralism and global governance. He is also as a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC; a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and at Columbia University in New York; and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Affairs at New York University.

Mr Whineray was previously Deputy Under Secretary for Political Affairs in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) where he was involved in all major foreign policy dossiers, as well as UK relations with Europe and the US. His other FCO positions included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, where he led the foreign policy aspects of the Brexit negotiations; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia; Head of Africa at the UK Mission to the UN in New York (representing the UK in UN Security Council negotiations and UN Sanctions Committees); and Chief of Staff to the UK Deputy Foreign Minister.

In addition, Mr Whineray has served as Counselor and Head of Political Affairs at the European Union Delegation to the United States in Washington DC (overseeing US domestic politics, US foreign policy, and transatlantic relations); in 10 Downing Street (under Prime Minister Tony Blair) as an advisor on Europe; in the European Parliament in Brussels; on a US election campaign; and on international crime in the UK Department of the Interior.

Mr Whineray has an MSc (Distinction) in Political Science from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in Politics and from the University of Durham.