Nicholas Bayne

Nicholas Bayne

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy


Nicholas Bayne was a British diplomat for 35 years. He served in Manila, Bonn and Paris, followed by postings as Ambassador in Kinshasa, UK Representative to the OECD, Economic Director-General at the FCO and High Commissioner in Ottawa. From 1999 to 2020 he taught a graduate course on economic diplomacy with Stephen Woolcock at the London School of Economics. The fourth edition of their book, The New Economic Diplomacy, appeared in 2017. He attended the inaugural Rambouillet summit in 1975 and was also at Paris (Arch) in 1989, Houston in 1990, London in 1991 (as FCO Sous-Sherpa) and Halifax in 1995. He has written three books on G7 summitry – Hanging Together (with Robert Putnam 1984, revised in 1987); Hanging In There (2000); and Staying Together (2005). He has had a long association with the University of Toronto’s G7 Research Group.

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