Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds

Former Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister ,


Rt Hon Mark Simmonds was until recently The Foreign & Commonwealth office Minister with responsibilities for Africa, the Caribbean, UK Overseas Territories, International Energy and Conflict Prevention. He served as a Member of the UK Parliament for 14 years.  He was also a Senior Advisor to The Prime Minister David Cameron.

He focussed on driving and facilitating inward investment into Africa across a range of key economic sectors including Hydrocarbons, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Energy & Agriculture. He has a huge knowledge of the economic and political composition of African Governments, countries and regions.  He Chaired the UN Security Council on two occasions.

He now has a number of international roles.  Including Senior Advisor to Kroll, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Investment platform, Invest Africa, Senior Advisor to Farallon Capital, Chairman of Fincomeco & Advisory Board Member of the Commonwealth Investment Council and Board Member of Engender Health.

He also has roles with not for profit organisations, including as Honorary Vice President of Flora & Fauna International.  He is a Trustee of the British Institute in East Africa. He is a Member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council.