British Consul General – Priya Guha

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Priya Guha became Her Majesty’s Consul General in San Francisco in August 2011. She is the first woman to be appointed British Consul General in San Francisco. Priya has responsibility for the Consulate-General’s delivery of the British Government’s foreign policy and service delivery objectives in the seven-state area consisting of Northern California, Washington State, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Priya is particularly interested in promoting closer political, economic, trade and people-to-people ties with the North-western United States.

Priya is a career diplomat who joined the UK Foreign Office in 1996. Prior to San Francisco, she spent four years at the British High Commission in India, where she was First Secretary for Political and Bilateral Affairs (2007-2011), leading on Indian politics and the UK-India bilateral relationship. During her time in India, Priya also managed the UK’s presence at the October 2010 Commonwealth Games, as well as British PM David Cameron’s visit in July 2010. Previously, Priya worked on European Union and media issues at the Foreign Office in London (including negotiations for the EU Constitutional Treaty). She was also posted as 2nd Secretary to the British Embassy in Madrid, Spain where she dealt with European Union policy.

Priya holds a BA (Hons) degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College). She is of mixed British and Indian parentage and is married to Luca (an Italian national); they have two young boys. Priya is a keen badminton player and enjoys skiing, as well as supporting Luca’s triathlons.

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Consul General Guha addresses Board Members & guests at the reception
Consul General Guha addresses Board Members & guests at the reception