About the Author

Andrew Alderson is an experienced corporate financier who worked in the City for twelve years. As a director of Lazard, one of the UK's pre-eminent merchant banks, he was involved in a significant number of high profile public and private transactions raising billions of dollars and advising corporate and government clients worldwide.

As a long-serving member of the Territorial Army, Andrew was called up to serve in both Kosovo and then later in Iraq.

From May 2003 to June 2004 he was responsible for designing and recruiting a team of fifty specialists to form the Economic Planning & Development Department within the interim government of post-conflict southern Iraq, where he found himself responsible for all economic activity in the British-led sector.

Overseeing disbursal of more than US$1 billion, often in cash, during their period of tenure he and his team worked closely with their Iraqi counterparts and oversaw hundreds of reconstruction projects throughout the southern region.

After his departure from Basra he remained in the Middle East and went on to establish Oryx Projects, a specialist firm which offers strategic consultancy and advice to a diverse range of clients in the emerging markets - particularly in the Middle East.

Educated at Uppingham School and then Newcastle University, he currently lives in London.