Co-founder and Director Alavan Business Advisory Ltd.
As Co-founder and Director of Alavan Business Advisory Ltd. since 2015, Alastair brings together his accumulated experience in business development, government relations and political analysis, with special reference to Sub-Saharan Africa in general and Zambia and its neighbors in particular. A former career diplomat with the British foreign service (1985–2005), after moving to the City, he established himself as one of the private sector’s top political analysts globally, as well as leading a Frankfurt-listed investment fund, African Development Corporation (ADC), specializing in financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Alastair was Senior Political Analyst at Nomura International plc between October 2008 and July 2015, having first joined Lehman Brothers International in that capacity in August 2005. As such, he was responsible for identifying, tracking, analyzing and illuminating to investors political events worldwide likely to impact on financial markets. In addition to his signature periodical Issues Which Keep Me Awake At Night on political and geopolitical risk, he was the co-author of major studies on China, on India, on Indonesia, on North Korea, on Iran/Israel and on geopolitical risks related to the shift of the global economic center of gravity back towards Asia, as well as numerous shorter papers.
Alastair is immediate past-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (and won the2013 BRISMES Award for services to Middle Eastern studies). He served on the Council of Chatham House from 2010 to 2015. And he is currently chair of the Strategy Committee of QALIS Partners and a member of the Practitioners’ Advisory Board of the journal Global Policy. He is a frequent commentator on current politics on television and radio worldwide and a regular speaker at conferences and other events.