James Houston is a founder member of the Hub Africa project and is currently Chairman of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce UK Network.
He is closely involved in the initiatives between The British Chambers of Commerce and The Department for International Trade in relation to their respective programmes for the development of overseas business networks.
In his earlier career, he was a Partner in an International firm of Chartered Accountants where he specialised in the area of Corporate Finance. He moved into the Private Sector, taking up a number of Non-Executive appointments including a large food based Cash and Carry Distribution company from which he developed an interest in the Agro-Allied sector which is of particular relevance to Africa
He is a former Director of a Midlands based Chamber of Commerce in which capacity he became closely involved in Government funded City based regeneration projects involving implementation of Public, Private and Voluntary Sector Partnerships.
He supports a consortium led approach to facilitating business to business trade and investment links between the UK and Africa and believes that the UK’s Referendum on EU Membership should be regarded as a catalyst to encourage more UK companies to become involved with Africa.
Accessing Opportunities in Africa
James Houston of Hub Africa is also Chairman of the Nigerian – British Chamber of Commerce UK Network. He will be speaking on the promotion of trade and investment linkages between the UK and Africa. Six out of ten of the World’s fastest growing economies are African and in the next forty years half of the world’s population increase will come from Africa. The seminar will include an overview on sector opportunities including Agro Allied, Creative & Entertainment, Education & Training, Energy, Engineering, Healthcare, Infrastructure & Construction, Logistics, Professional Services, Mining and Technology. The session will address the perceived challenges of operating in Africa and balance these against the opportunities of engaging with fast growing consumer markets.