As Co-founder and Director of Alavan Business Advisory Ltd, Alastair Newton brings together his accumulated experience in business development, government relations and political analysis with special reference to Sub-Saharan Africa in general and Zambia and its neighbours in particular.

Following a two decade career with the British foreign service, he moved to the City in 2005 where he established himself as one of the private sector’s top political analysts globally, as well as leading a Frankfurt-listed investment fund, African Development Corporation (ADC), specialising in financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to his contribution to the growth of ADC, his business development experience includes three years (2002-2005) as Director of the UK government’s business development arm, UK Trade & Investment, in the USA advising US companies on establishing and expanding in the United Kingdom and aiding British firms looking to export to America.

Alastair is a past-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (and won the 2013 BRISMES Award for services to Middle Eastern studies). He served on the Council of Chatham House from 2010 to 2015. And he is currently chair of the Strategy Committee of QALIS Partners; a member of the Advisory Board of Africon GmbH; a member of the Practitioners’ Advisory Board of the journal Global Policy; a guest editor of the journal Arab Digest; and a Global Mentor in BMCE Bank of Africa’s African Entrepreneurship Award.