Deborah Botwood Smith heads AFME's external relations activities. Previously she was global head of corporate communications at Investcorp, the transatlantic alternative asset manager in private equity, real estate investment and hedge funds. There she had responsibility for corporate public relations, issues management, corporate creative services and media relations activities for the firm as a whole and for its six business lines.
Deborah was previously director of group corporate communications for the Coutts private banking group and, before that, Vice President, corporate relations for Visa's Europe, Middle East, Africa region. She has an MA in Law from the University of Cambridge. She is a Trustee and Member of the Finance and Fundraising Committees of Women & Children First, a UK charity addressing maternal and new born mortality and mortality and morbidity in poor communities in Bangladesh, India, Malawi and Nepal.