Richard Burge

Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Richard has been the chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry since February 2020.

He has led five multi-million pound organisations as chief executive over a total of 18 years.  They include an internationally famous charity, a UK government foreign affairs agency, a private company, and three of them were large membership bodies.

He has been on the Board and a non-executive chair/director of five corporations  including companies, charities, two government agencies, and a research-intensive university.

Richard has worked in over 55 countries, specialising in Africa, the wider Commonwealth, and post-conflict situations and locations.

He was Chief Executive, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council from 2017 to 2019.  For the previous 8 years, he was Chief Executive of Wilton Park (a Foreign and Commonwealth Office agency for conciliation and dialogue on conflict and crises).  He was a Commissioner for Commonwealth Scholarships, and on the Council of Durham University.  He is currently a Governor of the National Institute of Social and Economic Research.

He has been CEO of the Countryside Alliance, Director General of the Zoological Society of London, and for ten years served with the British Council in Africa and the Middle East.

He graduated from Durham University (Hatfield College) in1980 and was a Commonwealth Research Scholar at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1983-1986).  He was born in Hong Kong.

12.05 - 12.50


Doing Business in Uganda (East Africa), Cross border Trading, Access to UK Supply Chain, Partnerships and Projects Financing

Partnering with London Chamber of Commerce and DIT to leverage Private Sector participation in Uganda

  1. How can UK increase institutional investment into Uganda
  2. Given UK's financing offer at hand, where will it be best placed to support Uganda? ( Pamela Mbabazi, Chairperson National Planning Authority)

This session will highlight the UK’s financing offer and how projects can be supported.

Geopolitical outlook: Mapping an increasingly complex financing landscape.

  • What are the UK plans to boost investment in East Africa (Uganda)?
  • Could the evolving geopolitical outlook impact the availability of funding for East African infrastructure, and will this be to the gain of those conducting short term trade deals? With China seemingly set to reduce exposure to large projects, which private and developmental financing players sectors are poised to play a role in East African trade and infrastructure development?
  • Sharing the success of the Aga Khan Development Network in various investment sectors in Uganda. What are the challenges and where do you see opportunities? (Amin Mawji OBE (Aga Khan Development Network), Private Sector Insight)

Networking | Lunch Break and Exhibition | One on One meetings with government officials