Keith Palmer

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Keith Palmer has held senior positions in the private sector, the public sector, academia and the voluntary sector. He has worked extensively in developed, developing and transition economies. 

He was founder Chairman of Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, founder and Non-Executive Director of GuarantCo and founder Chairman of InfraCo Ltd – all of which are public private partnerships within the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).

He is founder and Chairman of AgDevCo, a not-for-profit agricultural development company which acts to increase productivity and improve livelihoods of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

He has had a long-standing involvement in the NHS including as Non-Executive Director of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Chairman of Barts and the London NHS Trust, Senior Associate of the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust and he is currently Deputy Chairman of Monitor, the healthcare regulator for England.

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

Keith is the founder and Chair of Trustees of Enterprise for Development (EfD), a charity established to support socially and environmentally responsible private enterprise and social enterprise with the aim of reducing poverty in low-income developing countries.


Keith's long-standing interests can be grouped under four broad headings:

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