Navigating the Global Startup Frontier with Lord Grimstone of Boscobel

Feb 5, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

British Ambassador's Residence, Sidab, Muscat, 1234

Fireside Chat with Lord Grimstone of Boscobel, former Chairman of Barclays Bank Plc, TheCityUk and Standard Life Plc., Member of the House of Lords and former UK Minister of State for International Trade and Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

After an exciting relaunch in 2023, Startup Grind Oman is kicking off the new year with an intimate Fireside Chat with a renowned and esteemed guest - Lord Grimstone of Boscobel, who brings with him a wealth of experience across the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally.

Lord Grimstone is the former Chairman of Barclays Bank Plc, professional services company TheCityUk, and global investment company Standard Life Plc. As well as being a Member of the House of Lords, Lord Grimstone has also held a number of prominent posts in the UK Government including Minister of State for International Trade and Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (2020-2022). 

With a robust foundation in finance, Lord Grimstone has navigated the intricate world of banking and investment. His early career saw him excel in leading financial institutions, where he honed his skills in strategic financial management and risk assessment. His keen insight into economic dynamics and financial markets positioned him as a thought leader in the financial sector.

Lord Grimstone's influence reaches across continents, and his commitment to fostering economic prosperity has earned him respect internationally, including across the Middle East. He has brought his wealth of expertise and strategic vision to the region through multiple roles, advising the Ministry of Investment in Saudi Arabia on its operational effectiveness with Bain & Co, supporting Bahrain's modernisation and reform efforts with Equilibrium Gulf Ltd, and as a Member of the Saudi Investment Council. Lord Grimstone is also co-Chair of the Oman-UK Strategic Advisory Group, which enables knowledge sharing on economic development in the Sultanate.

His strategic insights have influenced policy decisions, creating an environment conducive to innovation, job creation, and sustainable economic growth. His impact in the Middle East is characterized by a holistic approach to economic development, emphasizing the importance of a thriving private sector and the empowerment of local businesses. Lord Grimstone's legacy in the Middle East reflects a dedication to building bridges between nations, fostering economic resilience, and leaving a positive imprint on the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from Lord Grimstone about his experience as a senior UK minister and leading businessman. He’ll be sharing his invaluable insights into trade and investment, and his perspectives on opportunities and challenges for Oman’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the regional and global economy.

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  • Laura Cretney

    Startup Grind Muscat




Monday, February 5, 2024
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM UTC


  • Mo Salah

    Startup Grind Oman + Jordan

    Country Manager

  • Laura Cretney

    Startup Grind Muscat



  • Mo Salah

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

  • Nadeen Al-Towaiya

    Marketing Specialist

  • Laura Cretney

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Co-director


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