Early life and career
The son of Brigadier A. W. S. Mallaby CIE OBE and Margaret Catherine Mallaby, he was educated at Eton College and studied Modern Languages and History at Kings College, Cambridge. In 1971 he studied at Harvard Business School. After leaving university entered Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1959.
He was Chairman of Somerset House Trust from 2002–2006, and Trustee of the Tate Gallery Group 1996-2002. He is also as of 2011 a Trustee Director and Deputy-Chairman of Reuters., and since 2001 has been the Chairman of EORTC.
He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1982, Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1986, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1996 and Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1992.
In an interview in 2009, when asked how bad the relationship between the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher and Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl was, he replied saying "Very bad. It was about personal chemistry. They didn't naturally enjoy each other's company. Mrs Thatcher had easier relationships with Reagan or Gorbachev"
Christopher Mallaby initiated the Entente Cordiale Scholarship scheme, a prestigious Franco-British scholarship programme.
In 1961 he married Pascale Thierry-Mieg and by her has a son Sebastian Mallaby and three daughters.
- "Crossing the Channel, Promoting academic mobility within Europe" (PDF). francobritishcouncil.org.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- "Are International Exchange and Mobility Programmes Effective Tools of Symmetric Public Diplomacy?" (PDF). cadair.aber.ac.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
Sir Julian Bullard
|British Ambassador to Germany
| Succeeded by|
Sir Nigel Broomfield
Sir Ewen Fergusson
|British Ambassador to France
| Succeeded by|
Sir Michael Jay