Independent Diplomat (ID), founded in 2004 by former British diplomat Carne Ross, is an innovative venture in the world of international relations. Independent Diplomat’s staff comprises experienced former diplomats, international lawyers and other experts in international relations. ID’s advice is impartial and its staff members have no allegiance or affiliation to other governments or institutions.

Independent Diplomat works with a broad network of individuals and organisations, including law firms, commercial consultancies and universities, who support and assist our work on a pro bono basis.

Independent Diplomat holds itself and its clients to strict ethical standards.  It requires its clients to be committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

ID is a non-profit organisation supported by donations from foundations and individual donors, as well as by fees from our clients who have the means.  Our work for the least wealthy countries, which are often the most marginalised, only happens thanks to support from our donors.

Dymaxion Map (pictured above) © 2002 Buckminster Fuller Institute and Jim Knighton.
Coordinate transformation software written by Robert W. Gray and modified by Jim Knighton.
Dymaxion Map was created by the Buckminster Fuller Institute.


“Independent Diplomat fills a critical diplomatic deficit. Their advice and strategic counsel provides their clients – mainly those that struggle to be heard – with the tools to navigate the often closed world of diplomacy. At Crisis Action, we value collaboration with ID. They bring wise insight to inform our campaigns and share our drive for ambitious goals, while maintaining a sharp focus on delivering practical outcomes and maximum impact for people in the most difficult political environments.”

-Andrew Hudson, Executive Director, Crisis Action