Life-sciences trade, tourism, international security among British Consul Keith Allan's key issues here
Keith Allan, who came to Miami in March for a four-year assignment as British consul, was 19 and fresh out of high school when he joined the United Kingdom's foreign service.
After a short stint in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, he was assigned to the British High Commission in Botswana and later traveled extensively — to the US, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, Iran, Libya — learning the skills of diplomacy.
His subsequent career included postings to the British embassies in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and, most recently, Trinidad and Tobago as well as service in London with the political section of the Foreign Office's European Department and later with its UK Trade and Investment Organization, where he worked to boost UK-US trade and commercial ties.
In his role as deputy ambassador in Trinidad and Tobago, he worked closely with UK and local agencies in tackling the crime problem there. Earlier in his career, Mr. Allan, 38, was involved in securing the release of kidnap victims being held hostage.
He was interviewed by Miami Today international editor Michael Hayes.
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