Kumar Iyer

British Deputy High Commissioner Mumbai

Kumar Iyer is the British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai with responsibility for Western India and the Director General of UK Trade and Investment with overall responsibility for the UK-India trade relationship. He was born in London to parents of Indian origin and has lived and worked abroad in India, Europe and the USA.

Kumar was appointed as the British Deputy High Commissioner from Her Majesty’s Treasury where he held a number of senior posts including most recently as Head of Financial Sector Interventions which included responsibility for the Government’s stakes in the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group; and Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning and Budget which included oversight of the UK Budget process and overall strategy for the Treasury. Prior to that Kumar was Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where he worked on a range of policy priorities for the Prime Minister.

Prior to his public sector career, Kumar spent several years at the Boston Consulting Group working mainly in the Financial Services Practice but also for large multinational media and retail clients. He led engagements ranging from cross-border M&A strategy to large-scale change management projects. Kumar joined BCG from Harvard University where he was a Kennedy Scholar and also a Teaching Fellow in International Capital Markets.

Kumar has an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University where he was a Bank of England scholar and also an undergraduate tutor in microeconomics.

He is married to Kathryn Iyer, who is a criminal barrister and was called to the bar at Middle Temple; they have two young children together that keep them busy. He is a keen cricketer and chess.