Anthony Harris’ 34-year career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which focussed largely on the Arab World, culminated in his appointment as British Ambassador to the UAE in the 1994. During his time in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Harris negotiated the UAE-UK Defence Cooperation Agreement. Other postings included Lebanon, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. In the 1980’s he worked for the Defence Export Services Organisation in the Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for bilateral defence relations with the GCC States, and helped to negotiate the Al-Yamamah Air Defence deal with the Saudi Government. In Cairo, he was Chargé D’Affaires at the British Embassy during the First Gulf War.
After leaving the FCO, Mr. Harris was from 1998 to 2000 a Director of Middle East Corporate Finance with Robert Fleming in London. After moving to Dubai in 2000, and setting up his own consultancy business, he was appointed Senior Executive Officer of Robert Fleming Insurance Brokers Middle East, and opened an office for RFIB in early 2006 in the DIFC. He also opened an office for RFIB in Saudi Arabia and was General Manager in Riyadh from 2010-14. He was thereafter Deputy Chairman of RFIB Middle East Group. He helped open the RFIB office in Baghdad in 2014.
Apart from insurance, he has advised and helped set up companies in the region in a number of other fields, notably corporate communications, education, real estate, defence, security and financial services. He works closely with a number of commercial investigation companies, and writes reports on regional issues. He travels extensively in the Middle East region. He writes and occasionally broadcasts on regional political and economic affairs.