Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for Asia and the Pacific)


Responsibilities include:

• Asia (excluding Central Asia)
• Australasia and the Pacific
• communications
• public diplomacy, Olympics legacy, Chevening and the GREAT campaign
• economic diplomacy (including Islamic Finance and the FCO’s Science and Innovation work)
• estates and security
• drugs and international crime

Current role holder: Alok Sharma MP

Alok Sharma was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 17 July 2016. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Reading West in May 2010.

Parliamentary career

Elected in 2010 for Reading West, with one of the largest swings to the Conservatives in the country, Alok has served as a member of the Commons Treasury select committee, a member of the Commons Science and Technology select committee, a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury and from 2012 to 2015 as a Conservative Party Vice Chairman. Alok was appointed in 2016 as the Prime Minister’s Infrastructure Envoy to India. He also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who had overall responsibility for the Cabinet Office.

Career outside politics

Prior to entering Parliament, Alok qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, and then worked for 16 years within banking, first with the Japanese firm Nikko Securities and then Enskilda Securities (the investment banking arm of SE Banken), where he held senior roles based out of London, Stockholm and Frankfurt, including serving as a member of the bank’s Corporate Finance Global Management Committee.


Alok is married and lives in Reading Borough with his wife, two daughters and his dog Olly.

Previous holders of this role

  1. James Duddridge MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Grant Shapps

    • 2015 to 2015
  3. James Duddridge MP

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. Mark Simmonds

    • 2012 to 2014
  5. Henry Bellingham

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Minister Sharma's speech at the Global Investors Summit

    • Speech
  2. UK minister congratulates Cambodian people on 25th Anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements

    • Press release
  3. Alok Sharma leads UK delegation at Global Investors Summit in India

    • Press release
  4. Minister for Asia condemns Kabul attack

    • Government response
  5. Alok Sharma to launch “technopreneur” project in Indonesia

    • Press release
  6. Alok Sharma on UK-Japan international cooperation

    • Speech
  7. UK to share Olympic expertise with Japan

    • Press release
  8. "We have come a long way towards ending nuclear explosive testing"

    • Speech
  9. Going Global - Philippines

    • Speech
  10. Alok Sharma makes first visit to China

    • News story