Sarah Cooke has been appointed British High Commissioner to Bangladesh in succession to Robert Chatterton Dickson.

British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has made an official announcement on Wednesday.

Cooke will take up her appointment during April or May 2023.

Currently, she is head of South East Asia Department at the FCDO.

From 2012 to 2016, she served as head of Department for International Development (DFID) in Bangladesh office.

The British diplomat served as the High Commissioner to Tanzania since September 2016.

She joined DFID in 2005, where her other roles included leading DFID's policy work on economic growth and investment, anti-corruption and aid effectiveness.

She previously worked as the Deputy Head of the Commission for Africa Secretariat and as a Deputy Director in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office.

In this role she lead cross-government strategy projects including development of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Before joining the UK Civil Service, Sarah Cooke worked in Guyana in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Solomon Islands as an Advisor to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and as an Economic Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Sarah has a degree in Economics and a Masters in Development Studies.

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