Kumar Iyer is the British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai with responsibility for Western India and the Director General - Economic Trade and Investment with overall responsibility for the UK-India trade relationship. The Mumbai office has some 200 staff, whose main work covers trade and investment, entry clearance and bilateral relations with India. There are over 80 Department of International Trade (DIT) staff across India that work to support British businesses wanting to trade in India and Indian businesses investing in the UK.
Kumar came to Mumbai in July 2013 from Her Majesty’s Treasury where he held a number of senior posts including most recently as Head of Financial Sector Interventions which included responsibility for the Government’s stakes in the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group; and Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning and Budget which included oversight of the UK Budget process and overall strategy for the Treasury. Prior to that Kumar was Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where he worked on a range of policy priorities for the Prime Minister.
Prior to his public sector career, Kumar spent several years at the Boston Consulting Group working mainly in the Financial Services Practice but also for large multinational media and retail clients. Kumar joined BCG from Harvard University where he was a Kennedy Scholar and also a Teaching Fellow in International Capital Markets at the Kennedy School of Government. He has an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University where he was a Bank of England scholar and an undergraduate tutor in microeconomics; and a BA in Economics from Durham University where he was a Deloitte scholar.
He is married to Kathryn Iyer, who is a criminal barrister and was called to the bar at Middle Temple. They have two young children together that keep them busy. He is also a keen cricketer and chess player.
British Deputy High Commissioner Mumbai & Director General Economic, Trade and Investment India
In some countries, the Deputy High Commissioner leads a subordinate office to the High Commission in another major city. The Deputy High Commissioner fulfils a similar role to a Consul General, representing the UK government and typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.