British lawmaker, Indian-origin, Mr. Alok Sharma, 48, has been named Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Mr. Sharma is a qualified chartered accountant, and has worked as a corporate finance advisory holding senior roles based out of London, Stockholm and Frankfurt before taking to politics. He was first elected to the British parliament in May 2010 and was re-elected in May 2015 from Reading West. In his new role in the FCO, Sharma is likely to be handed the charge of Indian affairs. Incidentally, he has chosen India for his first official visit, to ensure the "strongest possible" bilateral ties in the post-Brexit world.
Following his appointment Alok Sharma said, “I am honoured to have been appointed by the Prime Minister as Minister for Asia and the Pacific, hugely important parts of the world that are crucial for the UK’s prosperity and security”. Consequently, he becomes the second Indian-origin minister, after Ms. Priti Patel, in Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet.