We are very pleased to announce that Claus Grube, the current Danish Ambassador to the UK, will be speaking at the Opening Ceremony of CUIMUN XXI. Grube has been Denmark’s chief diplomat in London for a little over two years, having taken up the post in October, 2013.
Grube’s appointment as ambassador was the culmination of a long career as a Public Servant – he began working initially in the Ministry of Justice shortly after graduating from Copenhagen University with a degree in Law in 1976. Shortly after this, Grube entered the Danish Foreign Service, first becoming Secretary of Embassy at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the European Community (EC) in 1979.
Up until shortly before his appointment as ambassador, Grube was pivotal not only in securing and defining Denmark’s place firstly within the EC and then its successor organisation, the EU, but also in shaping European expansion more generally. He was particularly important in directing the course of the EU’s expansion to Central and Eastern Europe in his role as the Under-Secretary of the North Group in the late 1990s, and from 2003 to 2009 served as the Danish Ambassador to the EU.
It is an honour for us to host a diplomat with such a long and distinguished career, as well as such a prominent position on the world stage, and we are greatly looking forward to hearing Grube speak not only about the current state of Anglo-Danish relations, but also about his experiences at the heart of the EC and the EU.
Stuart Laing is a former British diplomat who served during his career as Deputy Ambassador to Czech Republic and Oman, High Commissioner to Brunei and Ambassador to Oman and Kuwait. He studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and from early in his career he specialised in Arab and Middle Eastern Affairs. His extensive diplomatic service has given him a unique insight into the evolving politics of the Middle East since the beginning of his career in 1970, and we look forward to hearing his address on the title: “The Middle East: can we see a way ahead?”. In 2012, he co-authored ‘Unshook till the end of time’, a history of Britain’s relationship with Oman, with fellow former Ambassador to Oman, Robert Alston. Stuart now lives in Cambridge, having been appointed as Master of Corpus Christi College in 2008.