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Christopher Holden OBE, Director

Chris Holden is a former diplomat and Arab expert who joined MEC International Ltd as a senior consultant working on due diligence, banking, finance, government and other sectors with particular reference to business development in Europe, the Gulf, Levant, Central Asia and countries of the Eastern Mediterranean including Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, as well as in Eastern Europe and the USA. He is a specialist on Iraq and Jordan where he has a wide range of senior contacts in the political and business sectors.
During his career in the Foreign Office he studied Arabic and served in Lebanon, Libya, Kenya, Egypt and Jordan.  In Kenya he acted as the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to UN organisations.  In 1997 he was seconded to the UK Immigration Service to prepare a plan of action to improve the performance of the Service in curbing illegal immigration into the UK. Prior to joining the Diplomatic Service he was with Rio Tinto Zinc after graduating from Birmingham University with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a BCom in Economics.  He speaks Arabic and French.