Registrar, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Richard Makepeace joined the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies as Registrar in 2011. He retains a strong interest in the politics and modern history of the Middle East and North Africa and in issues relating to conflict resolution and peace-keeping in the region.
Richard studied Modern Languages at Keble College, Oxford before joining HM Diplomatic Service in 1976 and studying Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies in Lebanon. He subsequently worked as a British diplomat for 35 years in the Middle East, Western and Central Europe and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In the Arab region he was posted to the British Embassies in Oman and in Egypt and was later appointed British Ambassador to the Sudan and then to the United Arab Emirates. His last posting was as Consul General in Jerusalem, with responsibility for Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, and issues related to the Middle East Peace Process.