SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Business Council for Africa

The Business Council for Africa West & Southern, established in 1956, is a group of over 400 companies and entrepreneurs having interests in West and/or Southern Africa. It is closely linked with the Eastern Africa Association and also with the EU through its membership of the Business Council for Africa UK (BCA UK) which is part of the European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean (EBCAM)

Past Events:

DFID – Working with the Private Sector

Stephen O'Brien MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Chairman: Mr Patrick Orr, Chairman BCA UK

Thursday 26th January 2012
11am – 2pm
Venue: Stephenson Harwood
1 Finsbury Circus

BCA (UK) are delighted that Stephen O’Brien MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development (DFID), has agreed to address a lunchtime meeting on DFID's new approach to working with, and through, the private sector.

Stephen O'Brien was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development on 13 May 2010. Stephen O'Brien is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Eddisbury, a seat he was elected to in the July 1999 by-election.

Before politics, after practising as a solicitor in the City of London for seven years, Stephen O'Brien was a manufacturing industrialist as International Director and Company Secretary of FTSE 100 Company, Redland PLC – building materials producers. Prior to his appointment at DFID he was a Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care. Previously he served as the Shadow Minister for Skills and Higher Education, Shadow Secretary of State for Industry, Shadow Minister for the Treasury, Opposition Whip and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chairman of the Conservative Party. He has been a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Employment.

In addition, he was founder and Chairman of the All Party Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, also of the Tanzania Group (the country of his birth) and Vice Chairman of the All Party Aid, Trade & Debt Group.

He was Vice-Chairman of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, a Director-Trustee of the Innovative Vector Control Consortium and, as a leading campaigner globally against malaria; he chaired NGO, the Malaria Consortium, between 2006 and taking up his Government post.