Azeem has 30+ years of diversified international experience of Banking and Private Equity Investments; 20+ years with HSBC, Citibank and Société Générale; 20+ years at Board, CEO, CFO and General Management levels; Started, invested and exited, banking, financial services and family owned conglomerates in South & South-East Asia, Middle East, North Africa and North America. Azeem has successfully invested and exited PE investments as a Principle Investor and Operating Partner. Led Enterprise Redesign and Business Transformation developing integrated business and technology strategies to drive organizational change.
Since 2015, AYA Bank (www.ayabank.com) has become the first bank in Myanmar to be IFRS compliant and also the first to be audited under supervision of a big-4 girm now for three consecutive years; successfully implemented segregation of Front, Middle and Back Offices and independence of Internal Audit. Azeem’s current responsibilities include Strategic Partnerships, Treasury, Accounting & Finance, Corporate Governance and mentoring.
Hans Anand Beck is a macroeconomist with 20 years of experience working on economic development issues. He is currently the World Bank Lead Economist for Myanmar. Before this he held several positions at the World Bank, including Senior Country Economist for Indonesia and advisor to the United Kingdom Executive Director to the World Bank and IMF, through the aftermath of the global financial crisis. He has also worked as a Country Economist for the UK Department for International Development and the European Commission, working in countries such as Vietnam, Pakistan and the Congo (DRC). Hans started his career as a Fellow with the UK’s Overseas Development Institute. He holds an MSc Econ and BSc Econ from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Daniel Chugg took up his post as British Ambassador to Myanmar at the end of May 2018. Dan is married with 2 children.
His previous diplomatic roles were:
2015 to 2018 Head, Counter-Daesh Communications Department, Communication Directorate
2014 to 2015 Head, ISIL Taskforce and Iraq Department, Middle East and North Africa Directorate
2010 to 2014 Beijing, Counsellor (Political)
2007 to 2010 New Delhi, First Secretary (Press and Communications)
2005 to 2007 Press Ofﬁcer later Deputy Head of Press Ofﬁce for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
2001 to 2005 Hong Kong, Vice-Consul (Political)
1999 to 2001 Full time language training (Chinese)
1998 to 1999 Desk Ofﬁcer, Hungary and Slovak Republic, Central European Department of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Peter Crowhurst is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar, appointed by the Board of Directors to the role in December 2018.
Peter has a wealth of experience, having spent the past thirty years working in Asian Markets. Initially Peter worked in Hospitality at General Manager level, in Hong Kong and China, but moved on into Real Estate, becoming an Asset and Investment Manager with ING. In this role he supported real estate development and investment projects in China and Taiwan. During his time in with ING and latterly CBRE Global Investors, Peter was responsible for portfolios in Taiwan and Singapore, with assets in excess of USD 650 Million.
Peter’s relocation to Myanmar was orchestrated through Yoma Strategic Holdings, whom he joined in 2013 when based in Singapore. Peter moved to Myanmar full time in 2014 as Head of Real Estate Asset Management at Yoma Strategic.
While at the Chamber Peter aims to support British business, together with the UK Government Department of International Trade, bringing investment and trade opportunities to Myanmar. Peter will also focus on developing initiatives, alongside the Chamber team, for bi lateral trade from Myanmar to the United Kingdom. One of the top objectives of such initiatives is job creation and benefits for Myanmar citizens.
Peter was part of the founding team that established the British Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the last five years since its inception.