The UK government has appointed Moazzam Malik as its new ambassador to Indonesia, succeeding Mark Canning CMG who will be retiring from the UK's diplomatic service. Malik will take up his appointment in October 2014.
Besides Indonesia, Malik will also cover the ASEAN region and will be non-resident ambassador to Timor Leste.
According to a UK Embassy press statement, prior to his new assignment Malik held a number of senior positions at the UK Department for International Development. Most recently, he led the UK's support in Western Asia and the Middle East, working closely with colleagues across the UK government and international partners including the UN, World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
He has been closely involved in the region, including responding to the 2004 tsunami and 2008 cyclone in Myanmar. He served as principal private secretary to two secretaries of state, including during the G8 Gleneagles Summit. An economist by background, Malik has also worked in the academic, private and not for profit sectors.
"My family and I are very excited to be moving to Indonesia, a rapidly growing country at the heart of Asia's future," Malik said upon his appointment.