Oliver Christian
British Consul General to Dubai

Oliver Christian is His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Pakistan and His Majesty’s Consul General to Dubai. He was appointed to the role in September 2023.

Oliver was previously Head of the Prime Minister’s Business Unit in Downing Street, serving four Prime Ministers from 2019 to 2023. Oliver was responsible for maintaining a trusted link between the Prime Minister, Whitehall and the boardrooms of UK and international businesses and investors. He oversaw over £78 billion of investment and export deals, establishing the UK Global Investment Summit and the creation of the Office of Investment during his tenure.

Prior to that, he helped establish the Department for International Trade (now the Department for Business and Trade), as the Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State and President of the Board of Trade in 2016. Oliver has 13 years’ experience in Government having worked in trade, investment, business, regulation and security across several Departments and represented the UK in its missions overseas.

Oliver has a degree from Keele University in International Relations and Philosophy and studied abroad at the University of Toronto. He is a keen runner, sailor and active mentor with the Prince’s Trust.

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