Alan Duncan

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22 May 2018: Ukraine and its neighbours: the Government view

Event announcement

The The British Ukrainian Society is delighted to confirm that our next event will be a speech by Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, on 22 May at 7pm in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House. His talk is entitled ‘Ukraine and its neighbours: the Government view‘. We hope you will be able to join us.

Please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues to this event. Anyone who would like to attend should please RSVP to secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org at their earliest convenience.

Due to tight security and the potential for queues, we would advise you to allow at least 30 minutes to enter Portcullis House; further instructions and a map will be sent in due course to those who RSVP.

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Speaker profile

The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan KCMG MP – Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Sir Alan Duncan was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton since 1992.

Sir Alan served as the government’s Special Envoy to Yemen from 2014 to 2016, and as Minister of State for International Development from 2010 to 2014. He held a number of roles in the Shadow Cabinet before being appointed to his International Development position. His roles have included: Shadow Health Minister, Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry, Shadow Foreign Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, Shadow Secretary for International Development, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Minster for Prisons and Probation.

Alan attended Beechwood Park School in Hertfordshire and Merchant Taylors’ School before going on to study politics and economics at St John’s College, Oxford from 1976 to 1979, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union. He then went on to win a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard University, where he studied from 1981 to 1982.

After graduating from Oxford, Alan worked with Shell International between 1979 and 1981, and then as an oil trader for Marc Rich and Co from 1982 to 1988. Between 1988 and 1992, he was an independent consultant and adviser to foreign governments, specialising in oil supplies, shipping and refining. In 1989, he set up the independent Harcourt Consultants to advise on oil and gas matters, and has specialised in the Middle East for 30 years.

 

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