Clovelly Lectures. "What the Jihadis Really Want"

October 07, 2017


DIRECTOR  :  THE HON. MRS  ROUS                                                                                                                                            


Saturday October 7th 2017, Clovelly Visitor Centre

"What     "     "What the Jihadis Really Want".  Speaker:  Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles joined HSBC Holdings in October 2013 as Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive.  In May 2015, he was appointed to a new post as Group Head of Government Affairs, and then as Group Head of Public Affairs from June 2017.  He is also Chairman of HSBC Bank Oman SAOG, and a Director of HSBC Bank Egypt SAE.  Before HSBC Sherard worked for two and a half years as Business Development Director, International, at BAE Systems PLC.  Earlier he spent over 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, which he joined straight from reading Classics at Oxford.  He served in Cairo, Washington and Paris.  He was also Principal Private Secretary to the UK Foreign Secretary, the late Robin Cook, and was Head of the Foreign Office Hong Kong Department from 1994 up to the handover to China in 1997.  His final diplomatic jobs were as Ambassador to Israel (2001–2003), Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2003-2007), Ambassador to Afghanistan (2007-2009), and the UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009–2010).  Sherard is also Chairman of the UK Financial Inclusion Commission; an Ambassador for the Money Advice Trust, and for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; a member of the Boards of the China-Britain Business Council, and the Egyptian British Business Council; Chairman of the Omani-British Business Council; a Committee Member of The Hong Kong Association; and a Board Member of Asia House.  He is President of the Algeria British Business Council; and Chair of the UK Advisory Council, LSE Confucius Institute  for Business London, and of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust.  He sits on the International Engagement Committee of the British Academy.  He is an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, and President of the Jane Austen Society.  He has an honorary D Litt from the University of Westminster, and is a Liveryman of The Skinners’ Company.  Sherard is the author of two books about his diplomatic experiences: Cables from Kabul and Ever the Diplomat.  He speaks French and Arabic, some Hebrew and rudimentary Pashtu.

Clovelly Visitor Centre: 7th October.  
6pm  Reception and drinks.  6:45pm  Lecture with questions and answers.  8:30 pm  Dinner

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