Tim Cullen has over thirty years of experience in formulating policy, public positioning and constituency building with both private sector companies and multilateral organisations. He left his post as Senior Advisor for External and United Nations Affairs at the World Bank in August 1999 to establish Tim Cullen Associates.
Cullen was born in England in 1944 and received BA and MA degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He has also completed the course in Public Sector Negotiations at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He grew up in a diplomatic environment, joining his parents during assignments at the British Embassies in Stockholm and Washington DC.
Cullen joined Ford of Europe in 1969 and, by 1971, was coordinating the activities of public relations offices at Ford companies throughout Europe. He subsequently held the position of press spokesman on Labour Relations and Manufacturing for Ford Motor Company Ltd. (UK), before being transferred to Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan in 1973. Here, at the company’s headquarters, he served as press spokesman on international issues, coordinated Ford’s global public relations activities and was Public Affairs Counsellor for Ford Export Corporation. In 1975 he joined Continental Bank in Chicago – at the time, the sixth largest bank in the United States -- as International Public Affairs Administrator with worldwide responsibility, working principally with the Chairman of the bank and with the International Banking and the Economic Research Departments.
He joined the World Bank in July 1978 as spokesman to the Washington press corps. He was named Public Affairs Advisor for North America, with responsibility for public affairs in the United States and Canada, in October 1980, and was appointed Chief of External Relations in the World Bank's European Office in Paris in April 1984. In April 1984, he became Chief of External Relations in the World Bank’s European Office in Paris. In this role, he headed a team that was responsible for the Bank’s relations with the full range of European constituencies, including government officials, parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, news media and the business community. He returned to Washington as the Bank’s Chief Spokesman and Director of the Information and Public Affairs Division in May 1990. During this time, in addition to his role as spokesman, he headed a large division with responsibility for relations with a wide range of external constituencies, which also included internal communications and community relations units. He was the press counsellor to the presidents of the World Bank during this period. He assumed the post of Senior Advisor, where he undertook a range of high profile and sensitive assignments, in June 1996.
Cullen has broadcast and lectured in North America, Europe and Asia, and has written extensively on development issues. His travels for the World Bank took him to many countries, and he was associated with a number of major global events in recent years ranging from the effort to transform the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to market economies to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He is the author of "Yugoslavia and the World Bank" (1979) and played an active role in the World Bank’s work on the reconstruction of Bosnia. From June through September 1997, he took on a special assignment as the World Bank’s representative in Hong Kong.
In addition to his role as chief executive of TCA, he is a Commissioner on the Financial Supervision Commission of the Isle of Man Government, which regulates financial institutions and companies in one of the world's leading offshore financial centres. The Isle of Man has been internationally recognised as being in the top league for integrity, sound regulation and anti-money laundering. In June 2009, he took on a new role as the first Executive Director of the Small Countries Financial Management Centre. The Centre was created to implement the Small Countries Financial Management Programme, an Oxford University capacity-building programme for officials of finance ministries, central banks and regulatory bodies of small countries and post-conflict fragile states.
He is an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, where he is the Programme Director of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation, which he established in 2002.He is also a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford.
He is a trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics and a trustee of Bishop Barrow's Charity (King William's College). For several years, he served on the Joint United Nations Information Committee and after establishing TCA, he also served as chairman of the business group of the UK charity, Worldaware. During his assignment in the World Bank's European office, he was President of the Board of the International School of Paris. is married and has two children.