UKEF strengthens its presence in North America, Africa and the Pacific

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UK export finance (UKEF), the UK government’s export credit agency, further strengthened its international business development network with 4 new hires in North America, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

Jesse McDougall joins UKEF as Country Leader for the United States, Mohammed Saad as Country Leader for Egypt, Valentino Dass as County Leader for Malaysia and Tim Meaney as Country Leader for the Philippines.

Each of these new Country Heads brings decades of finance and business development experience to their region, giving UK exporters access to vital local knowledge in markets around the world.

UK Exports Minister Mike Freer MP said:

We are leading the most ambitious trade policy agenda ever implemented by a large economy, with new free trade agreements providing better access to markets around the world. From Houston to Manila, these new foreign financial experts will give UK exporters the advantage of winning contracts in key strategic markets.

As COP26 approaches, I am delighted that our new country leaders in the United States, Egypt, Malaysia and the Philippines are strengthening UKEF, with a particular focus on sharing British green expertise across the world.

These new appointments are increasing UKEFS Country Head’s network has grown to 15, operating across all habitable continents, with plans for 11 additional hires in strategic markets around the world by 2022 and beyond.

Working alongside Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioners and British Ambassadors Abroad, UKEFCountry Heads are working with foreign governments and multinational corporations seeking to buy from UK to create business opportunities for UK businesses.

While these new country leaders can work to support businesses across all sectors, they are particularly focused on boosting green and clean growth industries and sustainable projects in their regions as the UK hosts the Conference of Nations United on Climate Change COP26 in Glasgow.

Richard Simon-Lewis, Director and Head of Business Development, Marketing and Communications at UKEF, noted:

The global economic recovery presents a tremendous opportunity for UK businesses, and these 4 new hires in our business development division can help them seize it.

The breadth and breadth of our national network gives our exporters a vital head start in accessing overseas projects in these key markets, and I look forward to further expanding the breadth and reach network in the coming months.

About UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance is the UK’s export credit agency and a government department, working alongside the Department for International Trade as part of its strategy and operations.

Established in 1919, it exists to ensure that no viable UK export fails for lack of private market funding. It provides financing and insurance to help exporters win, complete and get paid for export contracts.

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