Deputy High Commissioner for the UK
British High Commission in Bangladesh
Kanbar Hossein-Bor is a senior British diplomat and international lawyer. Kanbar has held a number of posts, both as a lawyer and diplomat, including in the Netherlands (head of international law team and UK agent to International Court of Justice), Iraq (head of the human rights team), Libya (head of Libya team) and Liberia, where he was briefly deployed as Head of Mission during the Ebola crisis. He is currently the Deputy High Commissioner for the UK in Bangladesh.
He has successfully led UK delegations in multilateral conferences and meetings, including in Vienna, Geneva, Kampala and New York. He has also led and facilitated working groups in the International Criminal Court and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Before joining the Foreign Office as a lawyer, Kanbar practiced constitutional and criminal law as a barrister and is a Lord Denning and Kennedy Scholar with Lincoln’s Inn, a British society of lawyers. Kanbar came to the UK as a refugee and has given talks in schools and universities about his experiences and the importance of diversity in the diplomatic service and wider public life. Kanbar speaks Balochi and Farsi and is currently on full time Arabic language training for his next assignment. Kanbar studied law at Warwick University and holds a master’s degree in international law from Cambridge University (St. Edmund’s College).