Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

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21st April 2015 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

My identity – My freedom

Romani Design Fashion Show on the International Roma Day Guest Blog by Szilvia Suri, President of the Hungarian Roma Press Center. Our vision in the Roma Press Center is that one day Hungarian Roma will be regarded equal, valuable members of our society, even though everyday struggles remind us that we still have a long […]

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27th March 2015 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Celebrating three great English exports in 2015

In 2015, England marks two major anniversaries. It will be 800 years since the Magna Carta was sealed and 750 years since the formation of the first English parliament. Anyone who is interested in seeing the document that has been described as England’s greatest export need only visit the British Library, where not one but […]

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21st March 2015 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Remember Crimea

A year ago this week, the Kremlin helped stage an illegal and illegitimate “referendum” in Crimea that culminated in Russia annexing Crimea from Ukraine, redrawing the map of Europe by force, and deepening the burgeoning crisis in east Ukraine.  The so-called referendum, hastily prepared in just two weeks, was a mockery of democracy. There were […]

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18th March 2015 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Innovation and Competitiveness in the European Digital Single Market

Guest blog by Dr. Zoltán Csedő, Member of the Board, Hungarian Association of British Alumni, and Managing Partner, Innotica Group The British Embassy in Budapest and the Hungarian Association of British Alumni launched a unique initiative two years ago: to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chevening Scholarship Fund, we engaged in reconnecting British alumni within […]

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12th March 2015 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Ladies and… ladies

Guest blog by Theresa Bubbear, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Budapest. It’s not often that I have a good idea.  And when I heard myself suggesting a speed mentoring event to mark International Women’s Day this year I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea or a crazy one. It […]

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5th March 2015 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Climate Driving Economic Growth? – The New Climate Economy Conference in Budapest

Guest blog by Kriszti Kocsis, Senior Policy Officer (Energy, Climate and Environment) at the British Embassy in Budapest, organiser of the New Climate Economy Conference in Budapest. The New Climate Economy Conference in Budapest on 25 February was a joint project of the Association of Hungarian Economists and the British, German and French Embassies.  The event was unique […]

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23rd January 2015 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Celebrating Robert Burns

Guest blog on the occasion of Burns Night (25 January), written by Deborah Moss, Organising Committee member of “Wee Burns” It is a tribute to the poet, Robert Burns, that Scots have held Burns Suppers for over 250 years to remember a man whom many consider to be Scotland’s most famous son. According to the Johnnie […]

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10th December 2014 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Slavery: not a thing of the past

Guest blog by Levente Nyitrai, Senior Foreign Policy, JHA and Human Rights Officer.   Today is International Human Rights Day, which is commemorated every year on 10 December since 1950. It is a good chance to reflect on the many human rights problems that remain across the globe. And also to consider what further action […]

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28th November 2014 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Là Naomh Aindrea!

Guest blog by Douglas Arnott, Chairman of the Robert Burns International Foundation in Hungary.   Before you reach for a handy online dictionary, this is what Scots around the world celebrate each year on 30 November, St. Andrew’s Day! Named not surprisingly after the patron saint of Scotland, you may nevertheless be surprised to learn that […]

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12th November 2014 Budapest, Hungary

by Jonathan Knott

Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Turning Points – The twentieth century through 1914, 1939, 1989 and 2004. Contemporary art exhibition

Guest blog by John Timberlake, exhibiting artist at the Turning Points exhibition opening on Friday, 14 November 2014 in the Hungarian National Gallery. Turning Points is a contemporary art project created together with British Council and other foreign cultural institutes operating in Hungary. Twenty-six artists from sixteen countries from Great Britain to Israel, from Spain […]

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About Jonathan Knott

Jonathan Knott was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to
Hungary in March 2011 and arrived in Budapest in February 2012 to take
up his post.
He has previously held a variety of diplomatic posts at home and
abroad, several with a particular focus on commercial and corporate
finance issues. Jonathan has served in a number of positions in the
British Diplomatic Service since joining in 1988:
Before his appointment was Deputy Head of Mission and Director for Trade and Investment in South Korea from 2008 to 2011.Between 2005 and 2008 he held the post of Deputy Finance Director in the FCO.From 2000 to 2005 he served as First Secretary (Trade, Corporate Affairs and Finance Negotiator) in UKDel OECD Paris.From 1996 to 2000 he was First Secretary (Head of Political/Economic/Aid Section) in Mexico.From 1995 to 1996 he worked in the FCO as Deputy European Correspondent at the EU Directorate.Between 1991 and 1995 he served as Third later Second Secretary (Political / Press and Public Affairs) in Havana.From 1990 to 1991 he was Desk Officer in the FCO’s First Gulf War Emergency Unit.Between 1988 and 1990 he worked as Desk Officer in the FCO in the Anti Drugs Cooperation Department.
Jonathan holds an MA in law from Oxford University, and he is a
member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He speaks
English, French, Spanish and Hungarian. He is married to Angela Susan
Knott and has one daughter and two sons.

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