James Gunn has over 25 years’ experience working in technology, media, financial advisory and property as both director and shareholder. One of several consultancy positions and directorships, he supports from Belgrade export growth to the United Kingdom and British inward investment. A British citizen and since 2008 a Serbian resident, he was educated in the United Kingdom and lived extensively abroad, including Spain, southern Africa and southeast Asia.
From his team’s Belgrade hub, James leads emerging markets’ corporate affairs and investor relations programmes for companies and governments internationally, and provides company representation services for several inward investors to SE Europe.
His sector experience includes defence, government and commercial diplomacy, pharmaceuticals, mining, technology and telecoms, media, financial advisory and property. He has also worked and undertaken education in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Thailand and Spain where he lived for extended periods.
James commenced his management consulting career in South East Asia supporting infrastructure development and environmental projects. In Serbia his mandates include European Union lobbying in the defence, infrastructure development, mining and renewable energy sectors for US, UK and Israeli companies; as well as issues management consulting for a Big Four audit firm.
His professional delivery of advisory services has been recognised by several public, professional and academic bodies including the Criminal Justice Board and Public Relations Consultants Association in the UK. He is a frequent guest lecturer at leading educational institutions; serves as chairman or director of several charities; and mentors several start-up businesses. In 2015, James was appointed vice-chairman of the British Society of Serbia.