Former British Ambassador to the USA to chair Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Nigel Sheinwald as Chairman of their board of Commissioners. He will take up the role on 1 September 2016 for a three-year term.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Nigel Sheinwald as Chairman of their board of Commissioners. He will take up the role on 1 September 2016 for a three-year term.

Sir Nigel is a former British diplomat who served as British Ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2012. He is a non-executive director of Royal Dutch Shell and Invesco Ltd, and serves on the advisory boards of Anglo-American organisations such as British American Business, the British American Project and the Ditchley Foundation. 

He is a Visiting Professor and member of the Governing Council at King's College London, an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and an Honorary Master of the Bench at Middle Temple. Sir Nigel was knighted in 2001 and awarded a GCMG in 2011.

Sir Nigel joined Fulbright as a Commissioner in March 2015. He will be taking the place of the outgoing chairman, American businessman and educational philanthropist Jeff Louis.

Speaking of his appointment, Sir Nigel Sheinwald commented: "I am delighted and honoured to take over the Chair of the US-UK Fulbright Commission. I see educational and cultural exchange as one of the jewels in the crown of the transatlantic relationship. I salute Jeff Louis' accomplished leadership, and look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners and our outstanding executive team to help the Fulbright programme to scale even greater heights in the future."

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “All of the staff and the Fulbright Commissioners thank Jeff Louis for his time and dedication to the Commission. His calm expertise in chairing the board and his personal generosity in support of the Commission’s work have been greatly appreciated. We all welcome the appointment of Sir Nigel, who brings with him invaluable trans-Atlantic diplomatic experience, as we continue our work to foster cultural understanding and educational exchange between the US and the UK.”

The Fulbright Commission is governed by seven Commissioners appointed by the American Ambassador to the Court of St James, six Commissioners appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and one Commissioner appointed by the Scottish Government. The position of chairperson is rotated between American and British Commissioners on an alternate term basis.