Katherine Garrett-Cox

Chief Executive Officer, Gulf International Bank (UK)

BA (Hons), History, Durham University. Katherine is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd, (GIB UK) the UK subsidiary of Gulf International Bank B.S.C. owned by the governments of the six GCC countries, with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia being the primary shareholder. GIB UK was established in 1975 and focuses on client-related activities in asset management, treasury and structured finance. Katherine was formerly Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer of Alliance Trust PLC, one of Europe’s largest providers of sustainable and responsible investment funds. She is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG and was a Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee of the Baring Foundation 2006-2018. She is Chair of the Clean Air Fund, a philanthropic initiative addressing air pollution and a Trustee of CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, which runs the global disclosure system enabling companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. She served as a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2012-2015 and the Scottish Business Board during the same period. Katherine served as a British Business Ambassador for Financial Services, from 2012-2018, appointed by the UK Prime Minister to be an advocate of the UK abroad.
Katherine was a Member of the Commission for the Green Investment Bank reporting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and a Steering Group Member of the Capital Markets Climate Initiative reporting to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She was nominated a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006, appointed to the Foundation Board of Young Global Leaders in January 2014 and also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum 2015-16 and Chair, Global Agenda Council on Values (2014-16). She was a member of the Executive Committee for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development from 2014-2016 and a Founder Member of the Advisory Council of The CityUK. Katherine has been an Ambassador and Speaker at the World Forum on Natural Capital which has taken place in Edinburgh in 2013, 2015 and 2017 and a Patron of City Week UK since 2017. She won the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in 2015 and was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for her services to the asset management industry and her charitable work as a trustee of the Baring Foundation. Katherine has worked in the asset management sector for over 29 years.