A Year after Imran Khan’s Election: the Challenges for Pakistan

Speaker: David Kemmis-Betty MBE

With Pakistan hitting the global headlines in February following air to air clashes with India as a result of a terrorist attack in Indian Administered Kashmir, the talk (illustrated with slides) will discuss the difficult political, security and economic challenges facing Pakistan, one year on from Imran Khan’s victory. David will give his perspective from working in Pakistan for 6 1/2 years both as a soldier and as a commercial risk management consultant.

Bio:  David EJ Kemmis Betty MBE had a rather unique globetrotting career in the Regular Army until 2013; since when he has worked as a risk management consultant, spending 5 of the past 6 years embedded with the oil & gas industry in Pakistan.  He is now London based working part-time for Strategia Worldwide helping businesses to protect the value of their investments, particularly in complex emerging and frontier markets.

David was commissioned into The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) in 1987, serving initially in Berlin where his cousin & fellow RSAA member Sir Michael Burton was British Minister.  He served on operations in Northern Ireland for over 8 years, in Kosovo twice in 2000 & 2001, in Iraq during the invasion in 2003, in Afghanistan (Helmand) in 2006 & 2010 and in Libya (Benghazi) & Tunisia during the Arab Spring of 2011.

His association with South Asia and particularly Pakistan includes family history in the region (his father and two uncles served on the NW Frontier pre-partition), his own private travels in India, Nepal and Northern Pakistan, a posting in 2008 to Islamabad as a counter-terrorist liaison officer and a year at Pakistan’s Army Command & Staff College in Quetta 2008/09. In late 2009 he became a roving military attaché / liaison officer working in troubled spots across South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caucasus, including support to the FCO and Met Police during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2012.  He left the Army from a post in Whitehall supporting HMG’s counter-terrorism strategy, focussed on South Asia with visits back to Pakistan and Bangladesh.  Between 2013-2018 he worked in Pakistan for Control Risks, embedded with Schlumberger Oilfield Services.  David has an MSc from the University of Balochistan and an MA from Kings College London (with both dissertations focussed on Pakistan). He is an active member of The Pakistan Society and was recently elected to the Council of The Royal Society for Asian Affairs.

3 July 2019

Where: 7.00pm. The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1

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