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Mark Simmonds

Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds is a former member of the U.K. Parliament and Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister responsible for Africa, the Caribbean, United Kingdom (U.K.) Overseas Territories, International Energy, and Conflict Prevention.

Prior to becoming a U.K. government minister, Mr. Simmonds was involved in the health care sector, working as a Shadow Minister of Health responsible for primary care, oncology, pharmaceuticals, and health technology. He also served as Shadow DFID Minister responsible for health care provision in developing countries. Mr. Simmonds has advised Circle Health, the first private company to run a National Health Service (NHS) hospital in the U.K., and the International Hospitals Group, which develops and manages hospitals in Africa, the Middle East, and China.

Mr. Simmonds currently focuses on driving and facilitating investment to Africa across a range of sectors, including hydrocarbons, financial services, infrastructure, health care, energy, and agriculture. He has extensive knowledge of the economic and political landscape in Africa.

Mr. Simmonds holds various roles, including Senior Consultant to Kroll, Advisory Board Member of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council, Senior Advisor to Farallon Capital, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Invest Africa, the global investment platform. He is a Trustee of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

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