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Judith Unwin OBE

Judith Unwin read Philosophy Politics & Economics at Somerville College and subsequently spent 35+ years in international banking in the City.

Judith initially joined the merchant bank Lazard Brothers & Co., Limited as their first female graduate trainee.  She worked in the Bank’s International Division arranging financing for infrastructure contracts in a range of overseas markets; having first visited India in 1984 she has been a regular and frequent visitor ever since.

After 10 years at Lazard Judith joined ANZ Grindlays Bank in London specialising in South Asia, particularly India. Judith was appointed to various UK Government advisory positions including the South Asia Advisory Group under the auspices of the then Department of Trade & Industry and participated in many Ministerial Trade Missions.   In 2000 she moved to BNP Paribas in London during which time Judith was a founding member of the Indo British Partnership then Director and Chair, Nominations Committee of the UK India Business Council (2008-2014).   Judith took a short sabbatical from the Bank in 2006 to travel to rural India researching women’s self help groups and microfinance and has been a supporter of various Indian charities.

During Judith’s banking career she travelled extensively and worked on many different types of transactions; her final role at BNP Paribas  was Head of UK Export Finance and Development Finance Institutions/Multilateral Agencies.

In parallel with her professional career Judith has held a number of Non Executive Director and pro bono voluntary roles across a range of activities and sectors.

Judith retired from banking in 2016 and inter alia is currently Chair of Contemporary Applied Arts in London, a member of the Management Team of Read Easy Hackney, an Adult Literacy project.

Judith was awarded an OBE in 2000 for Services to Export promotion to South Asia.

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