MA (Hons) Russian Studies, 1970
From Aberdeen to International Relations
Following his graduation from the University of Aberdeen, Donald Lamont forged a career in international relations, representing the UK government in important positions all around the globe and witnessing first-hand key moments of history. Donald kindly took the time to speak to us about his long and remarkable career and his time studying for his degree, which took him from Aberdeen to international relations!
Donald Lamont was born in Aberdeen and attended Aberdeen Grammar School then the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 1970 with an MA (Hons) in Russian Studies. Following a few years working in the motor industry, Donald joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1974.
He served in various locations around the world, including Vienna, Moscow, Sarajevo and Berlin, where he was in position during the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany. Later, he served as Ambassador to Uruguay for 3 years before taking up a role as Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. In 2003 he became the UK's Ambassador to Venezuela for 3 years, before retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Since his retirement he has served on the boards of various organisations, including as Chairman of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and as a trustee of a disability awareness charity.