Rt. Hon Mark Simmonds is an Active Ambassador based in the United Kingdom. He served as a Member of the UK Parliament for 14 years, and was until recently a Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister with responsibilities for Africa, the Caribbean, UK Overseas Territories, International Energy and Conflict Prevention. His primary focus in this position, was on driving and facilitating inward investment into Africa across a range of key economic sectors including Hydrocarbons, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Energy & Agriculture. He chaired the UN Security Council on two occasions. He now occupies a number of international roles, including senior consultant to Kroll, Chairman of the Global Advisory Board of Investment Platform, ‘Invest Africa’, senior advisor to Farallon Capital, chairman of FinComEco and advisory board member of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council.