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Member Feature – Oliver St. Clair Franklin OBE

Oliver St. Clair Franklin OBE is the third Honorary British Consul for Greater Philadelphia. In this role Oliver liaises with the Consul General in New York and the British Embassy on providing advice to businesses, solving consular issues in the region, and engaging in public diplomacy. Oliver has been a BABCPHL Board Member for more than two decades, and he was appointed by the UK Government in 1998 to represent British interest in the Philadelphia region. Oliver’s relationship with the UK started as a college student in 1966 after graduating from Lincoln University. In 2002 Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the OBE Honour in recognition of his services to British business. In his public diplomacy role, Oliver has hosted senior members of the British Royal Family as well as government ministers and members of Parliament. He created a program for Philadelphia public high school students to visit London and founded another initiative to provide opportunities for mid-career American minorities to work in UK investment banks. In September 2019, Oliver received ‘The Distinguished Friend of Oxford’ Award, and in November 2019, was elected an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford where he studied as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Honorary Fellows are expected to enter the intellectual life of the college and university. Oliver, thank you for all that you do to promote the diplomatic, business and cultural ties between our region and the UK. We are honored to have you actively participate on our Board of Directors. Thank you for partnering with us on many important initiatives that drive economic development and promote a positive diplomatic relationship with the UK.

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