John Gerson

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John Gerson was deputy head of MI6. He studied Art History at the University of Freiburg and then went to King’s College, Cambridge.[1] He went to India on the Commonwealth Expedition (COMEX) in 1965.

He was HM Consul in Beijing from 1974 to 1977 and interpreted for and advised Margaret Thatcher on China.[2] Later he worked as a consultant in Brazil, Tanzania, and North Korea and was an Associate Member of University College London’s Centre for the Study of Socialist Legal Systems.[1][3][4][5] In 1992, he was Visiting Fellow in East Asian Studies at Princeton University.[1]

In 2001, he left MI6 and joined BP as a senior political adviser; he became their Head of Government and Public Affairs[6] from 2007 to 2012.[7] He joined the company in 2000.[5] Gerson also chaired BP China Ltd and BP South East Asia Ltd.

On 24 April 2012, he has been appointed in the Board of Directors of the Handeni Gold Inc., a mineral exploration company which is mainly active in Tanzania.[4][8]

He became CMG im 1999. He is a bird-watcher.


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  2. ^ "The team of Ridgeway". Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ Stephen Dorril (2002). MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service. Simon and Schuster. p. 797. ISBN 9780743217781. Archived from the original on 30 May 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Handeni Gold 10K public submission of 2012" (txt). 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 17 May 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "John Henry Cary Gerson". Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  6. ^ Chittenden, Maurice; Rufford, Nicholas (17 June 2001). "The Sunday Times: MI6 'Firm' Spied on Green Groups". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via
  7. ^ Richard Norton-Taylor (8 May 2000). "Former MI6 officer gets top post at BP". The Guardian.
  8. ^ "Handeni Gold appoints new board member". 24 April 2012. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2019.