Entrepreneur & MP for Havant
Alan is an award-winning business, community and thought leader. He is a private investor, advisor to a range of fast-growth start-ups & SMEs, and a qualified solicitor having started his career as a City lawyer with Clifford Chance, where he was Square Mile Magazine/Lufthansa Young City Lawyer of the Year and co-founded the Clifford Chance Foundation. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Havas UK Group Board, the UK group of Havas SA, the Paris-listed global advertising, communications and digital services multinational.
Alan is co-author of TheCityUK’s Next Generation Vision and President & Trustee of school breakfast club charity Magic Breakfast, a winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. Alan was a London2012 Olympic Torchbearer and writes regularly on business, finance, philanthropy and Generation Y for a range of titles including the Financial Times, Huffington Post, Management Today and LondonLovesBusiness.
He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, a member of the Sandbox Network of young entrepreneurs, winner of BSkyB/Management Today’s Future Leaders Award and a Global Ambassador for the One Young World youth summit. He sits on Cambridge’s University’s Alumni Advisory Board and is Chairman of its global young alumni network, Cambridge10. He is a member of the Guardian/Courvoisier Future 500 Network, a primary school governor in east London, and a former Ambassador for Enterprise UK. He is a judge & mentor for Wayra UK, Telefonica’s technology start-up incubator programme.
He is Co-Founder of the 48 Group Club’s Young Icebreakers network of next generation UK-China business leaders, and a member of TheCityUK/China Britain Business Council China Advisory Committee and the London Advisory Council of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He served on the Conservative Party’s Globalisation and Global Poverty Policy Group and previously worked for Hon. Ed Vaizey MP, Culture, Communications & Creative Industries Minister.
He is a Director of the Enterprise Forum, and a member of the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club Advisory Board and the Institute of Directors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London. He is Chairman of the Royal British Legion’s Young Professionals Network.
Alan read Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge winning the ECS Wade Prize for Administrative Law (Top of Year), and obtained his postgraduate law diploma in Oxford.
Find out more about Alan www.alanmak.com and follow Alan on Twitter: @AlanMakUK