Nicholas Bayne

Nicholas Bayne

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


As a British diplomat, Nicholas Bayne has served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the embassies at Manila, Bonn and Paris (when he attended the first economic summit in 1975). He has been Ambassador in Zaire (now DRC) and non-resident in Congo, Rwanda and Burundi; UK Representative to the OECD in Paris; Economic Director-General at the FCO (and sous-sherpa for the 1989, 1990 and 1991 summits); and High Commissioner to Canada (when he attended the Halifax summit in 1995).

In 1999 he co-founded with Stephen Woolcock and has since taught the graduate course on ‘economic diplomacy’ at the London School of Economics. He has also taught at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. The fourth edition of The New Economic Diplomacy, edited by Bayne and Woolcock and based on their course, was published in 2017. He has also written three books on G7 summitry: Hanging Together, with Robert Putnam (second edition 1988); Hanging In There (2000) and Staying Together (2005); plus a memoir, Economic Diplomat (2010).

He is a member of the Advisory Council of the G7 and G8 Research Group of the University of Toronto and has participated in many of their activities from 1997 to 2014.

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