A graduate of both Oxford (MA Geology) and Liverpool Universities (PhD Oceanography), Graham worked as a geologist in the oil and gas sector for 11 years, joining Britoil in 1981. He subsequently worked in a number of commercial roles in BP's exploration, production and gas businesses in the UK, before joining BP Solar in 1999 where he was initially Chief of Staff and then Vice-President of Solar Solutions.
Moving in 2003 to BP Group HQ in London, Graham developed a comprehensive corporate responsibility framework for the organisation. As Vice-President, Corporate Responsibility, he was accountable for implementing the framework, managing international NGO and socially responsible investment relationships, as well as shaping community engagement and investment globally. During this period, Graham was also a founding Board member of the Extractive industries Transparency Initiative.
After leaving BP in July 2007, Graham's strong interest in Africa and his belief that business can - and should - play a central role in building prosperity by building sustainable and inclusive business models, brought Graham to a senior role at IBLF as Director, Global Programmes. In 2011, he took on the role of Senior Adviser, where he leads on IBLF’s programmes around leadership and supporting the development of Inclusive Growth Models through the Business Call to Action initiative, Business Innovation Facility and other inclusive business activities.
"IBLF has the ability to help business to deal with the challenges of poverty by demonstrating the opportunities that exist for direct engagement in inclusive business models
Visit: IBLF's programmes page
Watch: A video of Graham talking about inclusive business and the role of companies in the development agenda
Read: 'Voluntary coalitions: In crisis or just growing up?' - an editorial from Graham
Graham delivers a keynote address at the World Council for Corporate
Governance’s 'Global Summit on Sustainability'