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Joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986, Paul Wilson served as a desk officer for Eastern European and Southern Africa. In 1991 he was posted as First Secretary (Political) at the British High Commission, Islamabad specializing in Pakistan’s relationships with its neighbours. In 1992 he was a member of the Foreign Office’s Mission to open diplomatic relations with the new Mujahedin government in Afghanistan.
In 1994 Paul Wilson joined the British Banknote and Passport Printer De La Rue PLC. In 2000 he was appointed Director of Sales for the banknote division leading the company’s relationships with central banks around the world. In 2003 he took over De La Rue’s Identity Systems Business as Managing Director, turning round a struggling business unit and positioning it for a major successful contract win to supply biometric passports to the United Kingdom. In 2007 he was appointed Director of Government Relations, acting as the main point of contact with the British Government, parliamentarians and civil servants. In this role he was responsible for advising Executive Directors of De La Rue on matters relating to political risk. During this time he was also a member of the Advisory Council of Wilton Park (the Conference Centre of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and a trustee of the John Smith Trust.
Retiring from De La Rue in 2015, Paul Wilson established Polydrom Ltd, a consultancy company specializing in political risk, trade and public policy. The following year he joined the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce and in 2018 was appointed Director General.
Between promoting UK trade with Iran and supplying consultancy services to client companies, Paul Wilson has been busy writing. Hostile Money – Currencies in Conflict was published in May 2019. Pilgrims, Profit and Print – The Stationers of London and the English Settlement of North America is due for publication in October of 2019. A third book on Money and the Making of the State is in the final stages of preparation.