Sergey Batsanov (see also Defence and Security) served as USSR, then Russian Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva after working on arms control and disarmament issues in the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 14 years. He was later a senior member of the secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and is now based in Geneva. He is an authority on politics and personalities in Central Asia and the Caucasus.



Sir Stephen Brown KCVO is an adviser on the Far East and Australasia. He served as Group Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment and before that served as UK High Commissioner to Singapore and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. He works with international companies operating in China, Singapore and Korea.



Mark Canning CMG is an expert on South East Asia and advises leading international companies on their strategy towards these dynamic emerging markets.  He has previously undertaken four diplomatic assignments in the ASEAN region: twice in Indonesia, most recently as UK Ambassador (2011-14) and as UK Ambassador to Myanmar / Burma (2009-11) and as Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia (2002-06).


Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO  served as Governor of Bermuda; as UK High Commissioner to Nigeria; as Ambassador to Indonesia; and as High Commissioner to Swaziland. He is currently the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man. He has extensive commercial experience in many fields including energy and insurance.

Peter Jenkins CMG was UK Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and UN organisations at Vienna after serving as UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN and the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He also served in Paris, Brasilia and Washington. His nuclear non-proliferation work in Vienna required him to develop a keen awareness of the culture and policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran; a major problem-solving assignment has given him opportunities to become familiar with doing business in Tajikistan.




Boyd McCleary CMG CVO served as Governor of the British Virgin Islands, UK High Commissioner to Malaysia and as UK Director of Trade and Investment in Turkey and Germany. He also has served in Korea and Canada. He has a wealth of experience in emerging markets, with extensive knowledge of financial services and higher education.



Mark Runacres served in HM Diplomatic Service from 1981-2006, with postings in Paris, New York and twice in Delhi, latterly as Deputy British High Commissioner. Since 2006 he has pursued a successful business career, setting up firms in headhunting, education, public affairs and sustainability. He has served as a Board Member for and advised firms across sectors, including finance, security, education, information technology and energy. He was the India Adviser to the CBI from 2008-2015.


Sir Richard Stagg KCMG served as UK Ambassador to Afghanistan (2012-2015), High Commissioner to India, and as Ambassador to Bulgaria. He was Chief Operating Officer of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and is now Chairman of Rothschild India and Chairman of FCO Services.

Sir David Warren KCMG is an expert on Japan, having served three times in the British Embassy in Tokyo from the 1970s to the 2000s, finally as UK Ambassador to Japan (2008-12) before his retirement from the FCO in 2013.  At an earlier stage in his career, he also served as Head of the FCO’s China Hong Kong Department (in London), and was one of the founding Directors of what is now UK Trade & Investment, where he was in charge of different aspects of sector and market-oriented international trade development.

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