Alan Laing

Libya Resident Director (based in Tunisia)

Alan Laing is NDI’s resident director for Libya, based in Tunisia. He has worked in politics and public affairs for over 13 years and is British citizen.After a short spell as a management consultant, Laing became the campaign manager for New Europe, a U.K. think-tank which was part of a national cross-party organization which campaigned on issues such as the U.K.'s membership of the European Union and was active during the national debate about whether Britain should join the euro currency.In 2002, Laing was elected as a councillor in the London borough of Hackney. After being re-elected in 2006, Laing was appointed by the mayor of Hackney to be the cabinet member for neighborhoods. Laing was re-elected for a third consecutive term as a councillor in 2010.While in office, Laing also worked as the head of U.K. government relations for Bloomberg. In this position, Laing hosted a significant number of political figures in Bloomberg's offices, including the then President of Ukraine, the British Prime Minister and Chancellor, the former president of South Africa as well as the prime minister and foreign minister of Turkey.After returning to private sector work, Laing worked in public affairs in London advising a significant number of clients on interacting with government and politicians on the local, regional and national levels. Between 2012 and 2014, Laing was press advisor to the Scottish Labour Party. Laing worked with senior Scottish and U.K. Labour politicians on press and media strategy as well as contributing to policy discussions in the Scottish Parliament. Laing led the Labour press and media strategy for three Parliamentary by-elections and worked closely with journalists and politicians. During his time with the Scottish Labour Party, Laing worked with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in advising Labour's Tunisian sister Party, Ettakatol in preparation for Tunisia's General Election in 2014.

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