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Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO joined HSBC Holdings in 2013, as Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive, and was appointed Group Head of Government Affairs in 2015, and Group Head of Public Affairs in June 2017.  He is also Chairman of HSBC Bank Oman SAOG, and a Director of HSBC Bank Egypt SAE.  From 2011 to 2013, he was Business Development Director, International, at BAE Systems plc.  Earlier he spent over 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, which he joined straight from reading Classics at Oxford, finishing his career as Ambassador to Israel, Saudi Arabia and then Afghanistan.

Sir Cowper-Coles is Chairman of the UK Financial Inclusion Commission; a member of the Financial Inclusion Policy Forum; an Ambassador for the Money Advice Trust, and for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; a member of the Boards of the China-Britain Business Council, the Saudi British Joint Business Council, and the Egyptian British Business Council; Chairman of the Omani-British Business Council; a Committee Member of The Hong Kong Association; and a Board Member of Asia House.He is President of the Algeria British Business Council; and Chair of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust. He sits on the International Engagement Committee of the British Academy.