The Japan Society

Martin Hatfull (Deputy Chairman)

Martin is a public affairs professional with in-depth experience of Asia from both the public and private sectors. He spent most of his earlier career as a UK diplomat, serving twice in Japan, first in the 1980s and latterly as Minister (Deputy Head of Mission) from 2003-2008. He was subsequently Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste and the first UK Ambassador accredited to ASEAN (2008-11).

Martin left the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2013 and joined Diageo plc, the FTSE top-ten global drinks company. As International Public Affairs Director, he was responsible for public policy issues globally and for advice to the Chairman and CEO on political risk, including in respect of the company’s major businesses across Asia.

Since 2017 Martin has run his own political risk advisory practice. He is a Senior Adviser to Kreab Worldwide, the international communications and public affairs company, which has a significant business in Japan. Martin is Acting Chair of the Anglo-Indonesian Society, a Vice-Chair of the UK-ASEAN Business Council, a Trustee of the City and Guilds of London Art School and a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group. He speaks good Japanese, Italian and French and conversational Finnish and Bahasa Indonesia. He is married with two grown-up sons and enjoys walking and the visual arts.