The Team

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Working alongside the UKABC Chairman and Board of Directors, the UK-ASEAN Business Council has an executive team based in Westminster.

Ross Hunter

Ross was appointed Executive Director of the UK-ASEAN Business Council in September 2013. Prior to taking up this position he has held a variety of roles across government including: heading up UK Trade & Investment’s Sponsorship Team; serving as a diplomat in Kuwait, Iraq and South Africa; and working as a Private Secretary for two different government ministers.

 

Ross Hunter

Executive Director

Allen Lai

Allen has almost 20 years of experience working on geopolitical trade related platforms in Asia. Prior to joining UKABC, he was involved in the planning, development, and execution of the APEC CEO Summit, the Asia Pacific’s largest business event.

Allen will be looking to create further opportunities and value for our partners. Coming from Brunei, he is very familiar with Southeast Asia and looks forward to furthering the UK-ASEAN business relationship.

Allen Lai

Director – Partnerships and Programmes

Paul North

Paul is an experienced Executive Business Manager with a wealth of experience in international markets from having worked and lived in the Middle East for more than 30 years. His previous role was with the Department for International Trade (formerly UK Trade & Investment), heading up the Overseas Business Network Initiative in the East Midlands. He was developing and supporting a global network of business-led partner organisations to offer a wide range of high-quality support in key markets, particularly Southeast Asia, for exporting companies.

Paul North

ASEAN Export Specialist

Geoff Charlesworth

Geoff is a client-focused Export Specialist with over 8 years of providing a systematic approach to determining routes to market, applying effective market research and market entry planning and over 20 years of experience doing business in Southeast Asia. Having lived and worked in the region for over 7 years, he has an exceptional network of contacts and associates in ASEAN and an excellent understanding of business ethics, being both politically and culturally aware. Geoff has led several Trade Missions to Southeast Asian markets and delivered project work for businesses in all sectors.

Geoff Charlesworth

ASEAN Export Specialist

Veronica Lake

Born in the Philippines, Veronica has always had a vivid interest in Southeast Asia. She was previously involved in organising conferences, meetings, and events for a major industrial association based in Italy. Over the past five years, she travelled extensively in Southeast Asia before starting her role as a Project Manager for a DMC based in London where she developed her expertise and strengthened her network of contacts.

 

Daniel Walder

Born in London, England, Daniel has always had a keen interest in International Marketing, Economics and specifically the growth of the economies in Southeast Asia after witnessing rapid property and infrastructure development in places such as Thailand and Vietnam. He was previously involved in organising marketing campaigns for both digital marketing agencies and a range of companies in various industry sectors.

Daniel Walder

Marketing Manager