Hyderabad: Gareth Wynn Owen is the new British Deputy High Commissioner to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Owen arrived in Hyderabad this week and will begin meeting with stakeholders in the coming days. "I am happy to be in Hyderabad during this exciting phase in the UK-India relationship. I look forward to strengthening ties between the UK and the two Telugu states, working with a wide range of partners. It's wonderful to be representing the UK in two of India's fastest growing states and to experience the hospitality of this fantastic region," he said.
Mr. Owen's prior overseas postings include working in Russia, Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan for the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). He has expertise in a number of areas, including building science and innovation partnerships, strengthening commercial collaborations, working to tackle climate change, and supporting economic development to reduce poverty.
He has worked on Indo-Pacific issues since 2018. He led the work which secured the UK's ASEAN Dialogue Status in 2021 and was part of the cross-government team that developed the Indo-Pacific tilt framework which was published in March 2021 in the UK government's Integrated Review.
He studied economics and development at University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. He is married with two children. Outside of work he enjoys cycling, playing bridge, and trying new cuisines.