Alan Furness CMG is a retired British diplomat with considerable experience in West Africa, serving first at the British Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, from 1972 to 1975. He was British Ambassador in Dakar from 1993 to 1997, assigned to Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Mali, as well as Senegal. He also served in British diplomatic missions in India, Indonesia, Poland and Brussels.
From 1998 to 2008, he was Resident Representative in Dakar of the West Africa Business Association, and from 2000 to 2011 he was also Ambassador to Senegal of the Sovereign Order of Malta. Alan now lives in London.