Sir Roger Gifford (Alderman)

Title: Alderman

Ward: Cordwainer

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PO Box 270


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Sir Roger Gifford was born in St. Andrews, Scotland and educated at Sedbergh and Trinity College, Oxford. He joined S.G. Warburg & Co. in the 1970s and in 1982 the Swedish Bank, SEB. Prior to his appointment as SEB UK Country Head (2000-2016) he headed the bank’s operations in Japan for six years. He is now a Senior Banker at SEB. 


Sir Roger is a former Chair and current Vice-Chair of the Association of Foreign Banks.  He is also Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE).  He was Chair of the London Green Finance Initiative launched in 2016 to further the contribution of the financial sector to the G20 climate agenda and chaired the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce in 2018. He is now Chair of the recently launched Green Finance Institute, which will focus on the economics, risk and commercial opportunity of meeting the challenge of climate change.


Sir Roger is Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians (Master 2017/18) and the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (Master 2010/11); and a member of the WC Cordwainers, Communicators and Security Professionals. He was Lord Mayor of The City of London in 2012/13 and knighted in 2014 for services to international business, culture and the City. Roger is a Trustee of St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation, Chairman of the English Chamber Orchestra charity and the Tenebrae Choir and Founder of the City Music Foundation.