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"Numbers are the key to understanding the real situation"


Paul Browne


Paul is an expert in law firm finance, combining a wealth of experience in international M&A and post-merger integration with an intellectual drive and curiosity for data. He has lived and worked extensively across Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  

Paul is a Partner at the Møller Institute at the University of Cambridge. Following a highly successful career within consulting then banking, he served in various law firm CEO and finance roles. 


After starting his career with Bain & Company, Paul spent a decade in senior positions with Standard Chartered including Regional Head for Corporate & Institutional Banking in Africa and leading a global crisis team centred on India. He then moved to Barclays Bank as Director for Group Strategy. 


Within Barclays, Paul designed, led and implemented a major culture change programme in Barclays UK covering 43,000 people that was singled out by the Group Barclays CEO as a global highlight of the year. He believes that the importance of managing culture change is often over-looked in post-merger integration. 


Paul has been involved with over twenty five acquisitions and personally led the post-merger integration work at both Standard Chartered Bank and Pinsent Masons.He has delivered successful firm-wide strategies at Barclays, Standard Chartered and Abbey National. Aside from his assignments at Bain & Company, his clients have included Diageo, Pinsent Masons, Allen & Overy, Skipton Building Society, American Express and many others. 


Paul has also advised and led international expansion - for example credit card entry into South Korea (a joint McKinsey / Standard Chartered Bank team); entry into Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire; evaluating a bank privatization in Tanzania; and a law firm evaluating Asian expansion options, culminating in a new Singapore office. He is currently working with the Omani government coaching business and public sector leaders to unlock AI and digital business opportunities.

Paul has been a Non-Executive Director for many global corporations including in Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (when at Standard Chartered Bank), plus also for a UK - Premier professional rugby club.


Paul completed his MBA  jointly from Manchester Business School and HEC, Paris, also attending an executive programme at Harvard Business School which entailed study at Harvard, in China, and in Singapore as well as analyzing opportunities in India. His undergraduate degree was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Trinity College, Oxford. In addition, he also has a first class degree equivalent from Oxford University in Archaeology. 


Paul takes a data-driven approach to solving problems, informed by his wide experience and a strong thirst for new insights and approaches to analysing and solving problems. 

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