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George Zambellas
UK Lead at Agorai


Sir George Zambellas completed a three year appointment as First Sea Lord in April 2016, a period that delivered the wholesale reset of the Royal Navy's authority and focus. During his tenure, Sir George took the strategic challenge of global maritime delivery responsibility to the heart of Government, and won the highest level of support, turning this endorsement into a political-industrial delivery agenda.

Even with significant quantities of new equipment secured for the Navy, including two new carriers, new ballistic missiles and attack nuclear submarines and warships, in shaping the Royal Navy, Sir George’s focus was always on its people to ensure that the quantity and quality of emergent technical expertise would be ready.

Sir George has an extensive background in strategic leadership and communication. His 36 year public career as a pilot, sea commander, amphibious force commander, national and NATO 4* joint operational and maritime commander, have given him a unique perspective within his generation. He has, subsequently, advised the U.K. Parliament.

Interspersed, Sir George has a wealth of knowledge in the ways of the UK Ministry of Defence, the U.K. Government, and the UK and international defence-industrial base. He was Private Secretary to two Chiefs of the Defence Staff, and has served as Service Chief of Staff on numerous Boards and Committees.

An apprentice and engineer by training, Sir George also has transformation leadership expertise, especially in the delivery of breakthrough innovation performance. His particular passion is for shaping and supporting fresh thinking within the top management of emerging technical sectors, and for leading-edge technologies - such as unmanned vehicles, artificial intelligence, cyber resilience, next generation computing, and big data processing. He has a portfolio to reflect this, and is now in executive or advisory positions to numerous tech companies.

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