Kumar Iyer, Chief Economist, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Join us to hear from Kumar Iyer, Chief Economist at the FCO, on the priorities for his team as we transition out of the EU, and towards a combined Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

  • Kumar Iyer

    Chief Economist

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Kumar Iyer is the Chief Economist and a Board Member at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He has 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.


At present, this event is scheduled to take place as a briefing in London. WIG will continue to monitor the situation with Covid-19 and the format of the event will be changed should the circumstances not be suitable for a physical event to take place.



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