ACEF Speaker 2020

Kara Owens

British High Commissioner to Singapore

Ms Owen comes to Singapore from her most recent appointment as Director for the Americas at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prior to that, she served four years as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Paris, during which she was awarded with a CVO (Commander of the Victoria Order) by HM The Queen. Ms Owen has a lifelong interest in the South East Asian region, begun during her teenage years when her parents lived in the Philippines and cemented during her diplomatic postings to Hong Kong and Hanoi.

Ms Owen graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in History. She is committed to lifelong learning for herself and her teams. She has a MSc from LSE in Diplomacy and International Strategy and a MSc from Cranfield University in International Human Resource Management. Alongside her diplomatic work, she has focused on diversity issues and organisational development.

Ms Owen’s husband, William Tierney, is a retired military officer (Irish Defence Force). They met while working in Aceh, Indonesia. Role The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.


  • Opening Plenary: Global Energy Challenges and Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic