Kumar Iyer is the Director General, Delivery at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Previously he was a Director General in the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Taskforce, and before that the Chief Economist and a Board Member at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). His career has been split between the private sector, public sector and academia.
He has was previously a visiting academic at Hertford College, Oxford University. He conducted his post-graduate studies at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University where he also taught the undergraduates. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University where he was also a teaching Fellow in international finance and macroeconomics.
Kumar has held senior roles in the private sector as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and Oliver Wyman, including as a Partner within the Financial Service Practice.
He has spent the remainder of his career in the public sector including as:
- Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
- Head of Strategy, Planning and Budget Coordination at HM Treasury
- British Deputy High Commissioner and Director General for Economics, Trade and Commercial Affairs in South Asia
Kumar is married and has 2 children. In his spare time he enjoys cricket, chess, cooking and travelling.