Thursday, October 28, 2021

Appointments made to the Board and Export Guarantees Advisory Council

UK Export Finance has announced the appointments of Shalini Khemka to the Board, and John Morrison and Roseline Wanjiru to the Export Guarantees Advisory Council.

Shalini Khemka is the Founder, CEO and Board Director of E2Exchange (E2E), which champions and connects entrepreneurs, creates communities, invests equity capital and recruits non-executive directors for SMEs. Shalini’s background is in financial services, with a specialism in banking. In previous executive roles, Shalini co-founded the world’s first online ‘bank to bank’ trade finance company, and served as an Investment Director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

Shalini brings extensive advisory experience to UK Export Finance (UKEF), having served on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs and the Development Board of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a fellow of Burton & South Derbyshire College, and a member of both the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and the Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth Entrepreneurs.

Shalini will support the Chief Executive and Ministers in developing UKEF’s strategy and overseeing its operations by providing advice, challenge and assurance.

John Morrison is the founding Executive Director of The Institute for Human Rights and Business. He holds over two decades of business and human rights advisory experience, including roles with the UN, UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, General Electric and the governments of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

Dr Roseline Wanjiru is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Business School, with interdisciplinary research interests in economic development, trade and industrial policy, foreign direct investment and innovation strategies. She brings over 20 years’ experience in the sector.

John and Roseline will advise the Secretary of State for International Trade on UK Export Finance operations, including environmental, social and human rights risks, as well as sustainable lending, compliance and transparency considerations.

Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Exports, said: “As an international economic department, we want to make sure that UK exporters benefit from world-leading export credit agency support. The UKEF Board and Export Guarantees Advisory Council play a vital role in our efforts to achieve our ambitions for UK trade, and will be further strengthened with these appointments.”

On joining the Board, Shalini Khemka remarked: “I’m excited to be joining the Board of UK Export Finance, a truly world-leading export credit agency. Thanks to UKEF’s support, companies across the UK are realising their export potential in the global marketplace. I look forward to playing a role in this success, supporting the Government in realising its ambitions for UK trade.”

John Morrison, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, said: “The work of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council ensures UK Export Finance remains at the forefront of ethical and sustainable business practices. I’m very pleased to be using my experience in business and human rights to support the government’s trade objectives.”

Dr Roseline Wanjiru, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Business with International Management and Business with Economics, Northumbria University, said: “The government has an ambitious trade agenda, and the Export Guarantees Advisory Council plays a vital role providing policy advice to ministers as they look to realise this agenda. I look forward to playing a part in ensuring best practice in trade finance support for the UK’s exporters.”

Louis Taylor, CEO of UK Export Finance, said: “Shalini, Roseline and John each bring over twenty years’ experience and a wealth of specialist knowledge as leaders in their respective fields. I’m delighted to welcome them to their new roles, and very much look forward to working with them as we continue to enhance and expand our support for the UK’s exporting community.”

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