Chris Innes-Hopkins was appointed UK Executive Director of the Saudi British Joint Business Council UK (SBJBC) in March 2014, and CEO of SBJBC UK in July 2014.

Chris is responsible for establishing a long-term vision and strategy for SBJBC UK, and heads the Secretariat in London. Chris is a former senior diplomat whose posts have included Director UK Trade & Investment in Saudi Arabia; Deputy Head of Mission in Kuwait; Economic & Commercial Counsellor in Ankara; and Consul General in Jerusalem.  He has also worked as a senior adviser to BG Egypt, the Middle East Association, the Egyptian Minister of Trade & Industry, and the European Union.  Chris is Director of UK-Gulf Connect Ltd, and has wide experience of Middle East economic and social development in both public and private sector roles.