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- BA in Political Science and Scholastic Philosophy - Queens University, Belfast
- University of Dublin, Trinity College
- MA in European Integration - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
- Jagiellonian University, Krakow Poland, Tempus Scholar
- MA in International Relations - University of Pennsylvania, USA
Since 1997 Francis has been as a member of HM Diplomatic Service. Postings covered the European Union, the United Nations Security Council in New York, Italy and at the FCO in London. Between 1999 and 2003, he served on the staff of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, first as a Policy Adviser in the No 10 Policy Unit and then as a Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs. He also served on secondment with Amnesty International as the Senior Director of Policy. Between 2005 and 2011 he served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See and he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan, based in Karachi between 2011 and 2013. His most recent appointment was the Head of the Policy Unit in the FCO and Director of Innovation at UKTI. In 2014 he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.
Francis has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), Queen’s University (Belfast), Steubenville University (Ohio) and the Pakistan Institute of Business and Technology (Karachi), as well as an Honorary Fellow from St Edmund's College, Cambridge University, and the President’s Medal from the Catholic University of America.
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