Fiona Watson graduated with a first-class honours degree from Heriot-Watt University in 1991, before going on to act as Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Sergio Viera de Mello. She was one of the 22 peacekeepers killed in the terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday 19 August 2003.
It was clear from the many moving tributes to Fiona that she was an outstanding young woman, with a rare combination of intellectual brilliance, vitality, compassion and humour. She was a high flyer who was destined for great things in her career, but her drive was well-tempered by close friendships and a strong connection to her family in Fife, Scotland. As a marvellous ambassador for Scotland and a person who evoked respect and affection in equal measure wherever she went, Fiona is deeply mourned by all who knew her.
To perpetuate Fiona’s memory and redress the sense of waste at her loss, the family, have established a memorial fund. Every year the fund will send a final year student from Heriot-Watt University, where Fiona completed a first class honours degree in languages, to take up an internship with the UN.
Donations will contribute to The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund, an endowed fund which generates income on an annual basis. The Fund meets the annual award winner’s travel and accommodation costs during the internship, as well as supporting annual Humanitarian Grants specifically for students wishing to take part in humanitarian volunteering projects.