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Chief Executive Officer, National Security Strategic Investment Fund (NSSIF)

Andy Bamford


Andy Bamford is the Managing Partner and CEO of the UK National Security Strategic Investment Fund (NSSIF). He received his BA ‘02 from the University of Warwick in Politics and International Studies and MA ‘04 from the Australian National University in International Relations.

Andy is a career diplomat and has served in the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) since 2005. Most recently, he spent three years serving as FCDO Deputy Director Global Security, with a range of thematic policy delivery responsibilities from Weapons and Counter Proliferation to Serious and Organised Crime. Andy is an Arabic speaker and during his diplomatic career, has been posted throughout the Middle East, including in Jordan, Kuwait and in Syria as First Secretary Political.

Andy is an experienced National Security strategist and has previously advised the Cabinet Office on the development and implementation of national security strategy as well as designing the doctrines used to organise UK national Security from 2015-2020 (Full Spectrum Approach and then Fusion Doctrine).

Andy has a passion for technology, having established the FCDO Open Source Unit in 2015 and as a national business change manager, led change elements of a large government cyber programme. Since the 2020 Integrated Review of National Security, Andy has played a leading role in developing the FCDO's approach to Science and Technology both in terms of capability and international policy. Andy is committed to the UK S&T ecosystem and as such is an Alan Turing Institute (ATI) Centre for Emerging Technology and Security (CETaS) Steering Committee member. Andy is interested in all deep tech, but has particular experience in Artificial Intelligence (AI), where he has been the product owner for AI in the FCDO since 2022, this built on the Executive Diploma in Artificial Intelligence he was recently awarded from the Said Business School.

Andy has two kids and loves swimming, canoeing and most recently pack rafting!

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