Owen Kelly, OBE, SFE Chief Executive
Owen Kelly was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2008.
Owen’s role focuses strongly on representing the industry to governments and regulators in Scotland, London and Brussels. He has also worked extensively in China and other Asian markets, promoting in particular Scotland’s internationally recognized strengths in asset management and servicing, life assurance and pensions.
Owen regularly contributes to public debate on financial services matters in articles, speeches and media appearances.
Before joining SFE in January 2008, Owen worked for 20 years as a government official, in both the UK and Scottish Governments. His key policy specialisms in government were EU and international relations, and communications. He spent two years in Tokyo in the 1990s, promoting Scotland as an investment location.
Owen joined the government service in 1988, shortly after graduating from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in Chinese. He also studied for one year at Shandong University.
Owen was recognised with an OBE for his work supporting the financial services industry in the 2014 New Year Honours.