Commonwealth Business Council appoints new Director General


The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), the Commonwealth’s agency for the promotion of trade and investment, has appointed Sir Alan Collins as its new Director General. Sir Alan will take over from Dr Mohan Kaul, CBC’s founding Director General, in April. Sir Alan was appointed after an extensive Commonwealth‐wide search by CBC’s Board of Directors which is comprised of business leaders from across the Commonwealth.

Sir Alan has had a successful career as a British diplomat and champion of business internationally. He served as Ambassador to the Philippines and as High Commissioner to Singapore before taking up the role of Director General Trade and Investment USA and Consul General New York. In New York, he led a team of 250 staff in nine locations across the US and in London, meeting challenging targets for exports from the UK and attracting high‐value inward investment to the UK.

During his time in Singapore, Sir Alan was part of the delegation that won the Olympics for London in 2012. He has most recently been working as Olympics Ambassador for the UK directing international business work from the London 2012 Games aiming at outcomes worth over $1.5 billion to the UK economy. John W.H. Denton, CBC’s Co‐Chairman and Partner and CEO of leading Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth said ‘Sir Alan is an excellent successor to lead the CBC’s work and build on the organisation’s achievements under Mohan Kaul. He will bring to CBC vast experience in international trade and investment following a successful career with the British Government and UK Trade and Investment’. He continued ‘Sir Alan has a strong understanding of the Commonwealth and business linkages within the new global economy, vital expertise to tap the Commonwealth’s full potential.’

HE Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary‐General said “The Commonwealth Business Council is pivotal in maintaining and strengthening the links of the global Commonwealth business network. We are delighted to welcome Sir Alan Collins as Director‐General. Sir Alan’s outstanding record and experience in promoting trade and investment, together with his personal commitment to the Commonwealth, mean he is ideally placed to advance the vibrant and dynamic business connections that contribute such an important dimension to the Commonwealth’s unique role in adding global value.”

Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom said; “I am delighted to welcome Sir Alan Collins’ appointment as the new Director General of the CBC. As the UK’s former Director General for Trade and Investment with the USA and most recently Managing Director of UKTI’s 2012 Olympics Legacy team, Sir Alan will bring considerable experience to the organisation. The modern Commonwealth includes some of the fastest growing economies in the world and has a vital role to play in the global economic recovery. The CBC plays a key role in bringing business and government together and in promoting intra‐Commonwealth trade and investment flows. I look forward to working with Sir Alan and the CBC in taking forward this important agenda.”

Welcoming the appointment, Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, UK Trade and Investment said; ‘Sir Alan has great experience and an impressive track record in relation to helping UK business internationalise and bringing FDI to the UK. I am sure CBC will continue to deliver an excellent service’.

About CBC

The CBC was established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government at their Meeting in Edinburgh in 1997 to promote global trade and investment and the role of the Private Sector in the national economies of Commonwealth member countries. Over the last 13 years the Council has grown into a world class organisation delivering programmes to meet the Commonwealth’s global agenda. For more information please visit

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