If you would like to support New Silk Road Forum, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Please contact us by clicking on the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page.

Lord Waverley, Chairman

Chairman Parliamentary Group for Central Asia, Founder of Great Silk Road Foundation, Patron of British Uzbek Society, Convenor of Eurasia Dispatch, Advisor to Chairman CCC Group of Companies, Advisor to the Chairman Kazmuniaigas (Local Content Development Major Oil & Gas Projects) and Coordinator of the Aktau Declaration, Honorary Co-Chairman International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC)

Mr Abradat Kamalpour, CEO and Founder

Partner, Head of Emerging Markets & Islamic Finance Desk SDG, Ashurst LLP


Mr James Ball, Advisory Board

Senior Energy Consultant

Mr Torsten Böhler, Advisory Board

Managing Director, Abacus Emerging Markets

Mr Mark Elliott, Advisory Board

Managing Director and Global General Counsel, Merrill Lynch Commodities Europe

Mr Rashid Gaissin, Advisory Board

Managing Partner, Grata (leading CIS law firm)

Mr Charlie Geffen, Advisory Board

Chair of London Corporate Practice, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Mr Anupam Gupta, Advisory Board

Managing Director and Head of EM Structuring Solutions (CEEMA), Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mr Richard Heald, Advisory Board

Chief Executive, UK India Business Council

Mr Charles Hollis, Advisory Board

Managing Director, MENA at FTI Consulting

Lord Lamont of Lerwick, Advisory Board

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer (1990-1993), Honorary President of the British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Bruges Group

Vice Admiral Rory McLean CB OBE, Advisory Board

Former Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice-Chairman, Royal United Services Institute (Defence and Security), Partner, Kelvingrove Capital, Chairman, Harry Hotspur Holdings, Director, FORMaBLOCK Ltd

Mr Stephen Phillips, Advisory Board

CEO China-Britain Business Council

Mr Walid Sarieddine, Advisory Board

Head of Islamic Finance, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Rt Hon The Baroness Elizabeth Symons of Vernham Dean PC, Advisory Board

Chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, the UK side of the Saudi-British Joint Business Council, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Qatar, and the British Egyptian Society. Advisory Boards of the Middle East Association, British Expertise, and the Egyptian British Business Council.

Mr Richard Threlfall, Advisory Board

Partner, Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction, KPMG

Kyle R. Williams, Advisory Board

Managing Director & Senior Counsel for Finance & Corporate, Goldman Sachs


Mr Ash Tehrani, Chair of Charity Committee

JP Morgan

Mr Douglas Townsend, Chair of Tax and Accountancy Working Group


Further working groups to be announced


A number of diplomats and ambassadors have expressed their strong support for NSR Forum and have undertaken to attend forums functions.


Mr Abdulkhaliq Elshayyal, Company Secretary

Mrs Elaheh Pouryayevali, Finance Consultant

Stephen Peel, Website designer

Mr Will Salomone, Managing Director of Communications


Mr Simon Kennedy

Bloomberg - Co-author of "New Silk Road Built by China Connects Asia to Latin America", Bloomberg, 2 August 2010

Prof Siddarth S Saxena

Chairman of Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge and Senior Scientist at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, Director of Cambridge Kazakhstan Centre, Director and Trustee of Cambridge Kazakhstan Development Trust, General Director of Tashkent Centre for High Technologies and Innovation

Gregory John Vojack

Member of the President of Kazakhstan's Foreign Investor Counsel, Co-Chairman of the Universe Ecology Charity Trust, Senior Partner, VSB Partners.

  • Ashurst LLP
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bloomberg
  • China Britain Business Council
  • Fortress Investment Group
  • FTI Consulting
  • Gas Strategies Group
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grata
  • JP Morgan
  • Kazakh-British Trade and Industry Council
  • KPMG
  • Merrill Lynch Commodities Europe
  • Middle East Association
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking
  • UK India Business Council
Contact us

Contact the Secretariat
T:020 7859 1578
Email me

* New Silk Road Forum is a non-profit organisation and is not affiliated or in any way connected to any political party, government, state, association or similar entity.