Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa
Ferry de Kerckhove entered the Canadian Foreign Service in 1973. His postings included Iran, NATO and Moscow. At Headquarters he worked on European Affairs, in Policy Planning and on economic relations with developing countries. In 1995 he became Associate Chief Air Negotiator, then Deputy Head of the Policy Branch and Director-General, Federal-Provincial Relations. He was High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2008 to 2001 and Ambassador to Indonesia from 2001 to 2003. In 2004, he became Director General, International Organizations and in 2006 he was also the Personal representative of the Prime Minister for Francophonie. His last posting was ambassador to Egypt in 2008-2011.
He retired from the Foreign Service in 2011. He is a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, and a member of the Board of the Conference of Defense Associations Institute . He is a board member of WIND Mobile Canada. He is President of Ferry de Kerckhove International Consultants Inc.
From Ukraine to Iran to the Middle East Peace Process to China, the lack of leadership and absence of strategy from the West is striking. Ferry de Kerckhove asks, where is Canada in all this and is it even a player?