Daniel Korski

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Daniel Korski served as a deputy head of policy to the former UK prime minister David Cameron, from June 2013 to July 2016, for which he earned an annual salary of £93,000 a year. [1]

Korski is a former strategic adviser and spokesman for Catherine Ashton, high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy for the European Union. He has also worked for Andrew Mitchell, the former Conservative chief whip.

In November 2016, it was revealed Korski is planning to launch a 'govtech' fund that will invest in public sector technology projects. [2]


Korski has worked in different positions in London, Washington DC, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. He was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2005 to advise President Hamid Karzai's government, and in 2007 he ran the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Basra in Iraq, overseeing the post-conflict reconstruction of Basra province. He also was seconded to the US State Department under then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. [3]

Before working for the British government, Korski worked in Parliament as a policy adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. In 2008 he helped establish the bi-partisan think-tank the European Council on Foreign Relations. He has written for The Spectator, The Guardian and the New York Times. [3]

He holds a first class BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge. [3]


The European Voice reported on Korski's appointment as Ashton's adviser in in March 2012:

Before joining the European Council of Foreign Relations, where he ran the Middle East programme, the Danish national was a defence and security adviser at the UK's Department for international development. In 2007, he was head of the UK and US provincial reconstruction team in Basra, southern Iraq. He worked as head of political and military affairs for Paddy Ashdown when he was High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. All this is supposed to make him a specialist in post-conflict reconstruction, which some would say is the best possible preparation for working in the Ashton team. [4]




  1. Special advisers in post, 17 December 2015 GOV.UK, accessed 6 February 2017
  2. Oliver Gill, Ex-Cameron adviser Dan Korski is on the look-out for people to back an innovative new fund, City A.M., 10 November 2016, accessed 6 February 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Daniel Korski University of Cambridge, accessed 15 October 2014
  4. Strategic reconstruction, European Voice, 29.03.2012, acc 23 August 2013
  5. New Downing Street SpAd Smashes Chumocracy, Guido Fawkes blog, order-order.com 24 June 2013, acc 23 August 2013