Princess Chichibu Memorial Lecture

Event details

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019

1500-1630 (doors open at 1430)

Free of charge


This year’s Princess Chichibu Memorial Lecture will be given by HE Ambassador Paul Madden CMG. He will talk on “Rambling in the English-speaking world” in English.

Mr Madden became British Ambassador to Japan in January 2017. He was previously British High Commissioner to Australia (2011-15) and British High Commissioner to Singapore (2007-11). He was Additional Director for Asia Pacific at the FCO in 2015.
His first posting to Tokyo was as First Secretary, Economic Section (1988-92). Before joining the FCO, he worked on trade policy at the Department of Trade and Industry (1980-87) in a range of industrial sectors, and was head of the Japan team. He spent two years as a Minister’s Private Secretary. Mr Madden holds an MA in Economic Geography from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Durham University; he also studied Japanese at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He first visited Japan on a study tour in 1982, after winning an essay contest organized by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He and his wife Sarah have three adult children; he was born in Devon.