Keith Palmer

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Keith is Founder and Chairman of AgDevCo Ltd ( and Senior Adviser to the Private infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) ( He helped create PIDG in 2002 and was Founder Chair of Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, founder non-executive Director of GuarantCo, Founder Chair of InfraCo Africa and of InfraCo Asia and is the founder interim Chair of the new PIDG Equity and Mezzanine Finance facility. He co-founded and Chaired Cambridge Economic Policy Associates. From 1984-2002 he held a series of senior positions with NM Rothschild including global head of the energy, mining and utilities corporate finance practice, Chief Executive and subsequently Executive Vice-Chairman and chair of the Executive Committee. His earlier career was in international development, initially as a contract civil servant and adviser in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania and subsequently with the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department and World Bank, Energy Department.

He has been heavily involved in improvement in the NHS in roles including non-Executive Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, Chairman of Barts and the London NHS Trust, Senior Associate at the King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust and Deputy Chairman of Monitor. He has also been heavily involved in charitable activities including Treasurer and Trustee of Cancer Research UK, Trustee of Kirkhouse Trust, sponsorship and fund raising support for the University of Birmingham Lapworth Geology Museum redevelopment and has founded and is Chair of his own charity Enterprise for Development ( He has a strong interest in academia and has been part-time Professor at the University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy and Research Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Keith was awarded an OBE for contributions to economic development overseas in 2010 and an Honorary Doctorate honoris causa by the University of Birmingham for contributions to public life in 2013.

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