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:
- International development: economic and financial policies to promote inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing world; and design and implementation of policies and mechanisms to improve aid effectiveness.
- Health policy, health system reform and performance improvement in the UK NHS and health systems in developing countries.
- Utility regulation / climate change: efficient regulation and financing of privatised utility industries; and effective interventions to address climate change challenges.
- Public Private Partnerships (PPPs): role of PPPs in effective delivery of public services; structuring and financing of PPPs to deliver development objectives in the developing world.