He is an entrepreneur and strategic advisor with a deep engagement with India over the past 35 years. He co-founded Kiran Energy after leaving the Tata Group, where he was the first non-Indian Executive Director of Tata Sons, charged with internationalisation of the group. His earlier career included general management, strategy and banking, and three years as a Special Advisor to the British Prime Minister in the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street. Educated at Downing College, Cambridge and Harvard Business School, Alan now lives in Hong Kong but is in India frequently. He was awarded a CBE in 2014.