Former IFFIm Board Chair Alan Gillespie has an extensive background in both banking and development
From 2001 until 2008, Alan Gillespie was the Chairman of the Ulster Bank Group, a subsidiary of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He began his banking career at Citigroup/Citibank in London and Geneva then joined Goldman Sachs & Co in New York, becoming partner and Managing Director in London until 1999.
Dr. Gillespie has also served in a number of public sector roles. These include Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Development Corporation (the UK/DFID agency) from 2000 to 2003; Chairman of the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board (predecessor to Invest NI) from 1996 to 2002; President of the Association of EU Development Finance Institutions and as Chairman of the University Challenge Venture Capital Fund.
Dr. Gillespie received his B.A., M.A. and PhD from the University of Cambridge and is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.