Virtual Live Briefing with Kumar Iyer, Director General - Delivery, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Join us to hear from Kumar Iyer, Director General for Delivery at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, on the priorities for his team, building the new combined department, and reflections on his career moving between sectors. 

There will also be a chance to pose your questions to Kumar during a live Q&A session, which will be conducted under Chatham House rule.  

  • Kumar Iyer

    Director General, Delivery

    Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    Kumar Iyer is the Director General for Delivery of the newly combined Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Previously he was Chief Economist and a Board Member at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), where he had oversight of the economic and commercial analysis that shapes the UK’s foreign policy. His career has split between the private sector, public sector and academia. He has was previously a visiting academic at Hertford College, Oxford University. He conducted his post-graduate studies at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University where he also taught the undergraduates. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University where he was also a teaching Fellow in international finance and macroeconomics. Kumar has held senior roles in the private sector as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and Oliver Wyman, including as a Partner within the Financial Service Practice. He has spent the remainder of his career in the public sector including as: Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Head of Strategy, Planning and Budget Coordination at HM Treasury and British Deputy High Commissioner and Director General for Economics, Trade and Commercial Affairs in South Asia Kumar is married and has 2 children. In his spare time he enjoys cricket, chess, cooking and travelling.


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