Group Head of Government Affairs, HSBC Holding plc
Sherard Cowper Coles


Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG is the Group Head of Government Affairs at HSBC Bank and Director of HSBC Bank Egypt. He was previously Business Development Director, International, at BAE Systems after a career of more than 30 years in the British diplomatic service, including as Ambassador to Israel (2001–03), Saudi Arabia (2003–07) and Afghanistan (2007–09), and UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009–10). He was Principal Private Secretary to the UK Foreign Secretary and Head of the Foreign Office Hong Kong Department from 1994 until the handover to China in 1997, and is the author of Cables from Kabul.