Our Board

Lord Marland, Chairman, CWEIC

Lord Marland is chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. He retired as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and chairman of the business ambassador network at 1 January 2014.

Lord Marland is the former chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council and was Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2010 and subsequently for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Lord Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc a multinational insurance business.  He founded the Jubilee insurance company.

He led the acquisitions of

Janspeed Ltd (automotive engineering and manufacturing)
Hunter Boot Ltd
Insurance Capital Partners
Jubilee Insurance Ltd
WH Ireland Ltd (stockbroker)
Wisden Cricketer Ltd
and Tamara Mellon, LLC (fashion)

He is Chairman of Tickets for Troops and the Churchill Centre, President of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, Trustee of Peggy Guggenheim (UK) and Atlantic Partnership and Patron of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Cricket.

Sir Hugo Swire, Deputy Chair, CWEIC

The Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire, KCMG served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for East Devon from June 2001 to December 2019.

Amongst other roles, he served in David Cameron’s first Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between 2005 and 2007. In 2010 in the Coalition Government he was appointed Minister of State for Northern Ireland and promoted in 2012 to Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where his responsibilities included Latin America, Central America, North America, Asia, Asia Pacific, Australasia, the Commonwealth as an institution as well as a number of other roles.

In 2011, Sir Hugo was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council and was subsequently Knighted (Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael) in 2016.

He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC).

Alan Gemmell OBE, Chief Executive, CWEIC

Alan was appointed Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise Investment Council (CWEIC) on 3 December 2018.  Over the last year CWEIC has seen a 30% growth in membership and established new Country Directors in Cayman, Gibraltar, and Sri Lanka.

Alan was Director of the British Council in India and Minister (Cultural Affairs). He led an operation of 600 staff with 14 offices in 9 cities across India and a turnover in excess of £80m. Under Alan the organisation diversified income with significant growth in customers, new commercial partnerships and contracts with state governments across India. He led a focus on digital and mobile products and services aimed at India’s millennials. Prior to India Alan transformed the British Council’s activity in Israel, raising £7m and running £10m stem cell research fund as well as creating the UK’s first multi-lateral research programme to tackle water issues in the region. Alan worked in Brazil, London, and Mexico with the British Council.

Alan has worked in the UK Government managing COBRA the UK’s crisis-response to domestic and international terrorism; and developing the economic migration routes of the UK’s points-based migration system.

Alan was appointed OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list for services to arts and science.

Mohamed Amersi, Chairman, Inclusive Ventures Group

Mohamed Amersi is CEO and co-founder of Emergent Telecom Ventures, an emerging markets consulting, advisory and asset management firm specialising in telecoms, media & technology. Prior to co-founding Emergent Telecom Ventures, Mr. Amersi ran Gramercy Communications Partners, a communications merchant bank, based in the United States that he co-founded with Telefonica. Prior to cofounding Gramercy, Mr. Amersi was one of Europe’s leading corporate finance and M&A lawyers.

From 1997 until 2002, Mr. Amersi was a senior advisor to Telefonica and led a number of their strategic initiatives in South America and Europe and from 2008 until 2013, Mr. Amersi was a senior advisor to the TeliaSonera Group and led all of their M&A and strategic initiatives including the IPO of Kcell and Megafon and unlocking, in the process, in excess of $5billion in value.

Previously, Mr. Amersi has been a member of the Board of Rothschild Middle-East, Rothschild’s European Advisory Council, Motorola entities, Megafon and has chaired the Board of Mi-Fone.

Presently, Mr. Amersi and Emergent have been lead advisors and partners to a number of Emerging Market Telecoms Operators in Russia, Central Asia, Middle- East, Africa and Emerging Asia on significant M&A initiatives and license purchases. Likewise, on the principal side, Emergent has successfully acquired, managed and exited from a number of Emerging Markets Telecom assets.

The Amersi Foundation was incorporated in 2012 and has actively supported causes and charities in education, poverty and religion in Africa and Asia.

Inclusive Ventures focuses on social impact investments in Africa & Asia.

Mr. Amersi has been a featured speaker at various forums including the Milken Institute, Super Returns, Doing Business in Africa and TMT Finance on topics relating to telecoms, internet, media, private equity, venture capital, social impact and international corporate finance.

Phyllis Muscat, Chairperson, Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS)

Phyllis Muscat is the Chair of the Malta International Art Space (MICAS), which is set to open in 2022. The Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) is intended to strengthen Malta’s cultural infrastructure by providing a platform for contemporary art and internationalisation.

Phyllis Muscat was the Head of Taskforce of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which was held in Malta in 2015. As host of CHOGM 2015, the Government of Malta appointed Ms. Muscat to coordinate the administrative and logistical arrangements. She is also a member of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) Advisory Board.

Babatunde Soyoye, Chief Executive, Helios Investment Partners

Mr Soyoye, a Nigerian national, is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios and has 22 years of principal investment experience. Prior to forming Helios, he was a principal at TPG Capital in London responsible for telecommunications and media investments across Europe.

Before joining TPG, Mr Soyoye was a senior member of the corporate strategy team at British Telecom and a manager of business development at Singapore Telecom International. He has played a key role in the execution of over $7 billion completed investments across Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. He has also served as an Executive Consultant to Actis West Africa, an emerging market private equity fund.

Mr Soyoye serves on the Board of Directors of Interswitch and TPAY Mobile FZ-LLC. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of PSPLS, Nigeria’s Privatisation Share Purchase Loan Scheme, among others; and currently serves as a Director of Guaranty Trust Bank, HTN Towers (a former Helios portfolio company). Mr Soyoye sits on the board of trustees of Save the Children UK. He was also a member of the LSE-University of Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, chaired by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Soyoye received a BEng in Engineering and an MBA from the University of London (Kings & Imperial College). He is a fluent Yoruba speaker.