In the Bekka Valley, Lebanon


A brief rundown

I am an independent adviser on international affairs and commerce with a focus on trade, conflict, and development.  I have led four multi-million pound organisations as chief executive over a total of 18 years.  These include a famous 200-year-old charity, a UK government agency, a private company, and a 130,000-strong membership body.  All of them were revenue-based operations delivering public benefits.

Additionally I have been on the Board of five multi-million pound operations including companies, charities, two government agencies, and a UK Russell Group university.

I have worked in 62 countries, with a particular focus on Africa, the wider Commonwealth, and in post-conflict situations.

I was Chief Executive, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council from 2017 to 2019.  For the previous 8 years, I was Chief Executive of Wilton Park (a Foreign and Commonwealth Office agency for conciliation and dialogue on global issues).  I was a Commissioner for Commonwealth Scholarships, and on the Council of Durham University

I have been CEO of the Countryside Alliance, Director General of the Zoological Society of London, and for ten years served with the British Council in Africa and the Middle East.

I graduated from Durham University in 1980 and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Full CV for Richard D A Burge