Hywel’s career was focused on the world’s poorer countries; initially as an agricultural economist working on development projects and programmes and latterly working in development finance and private equity. He spent over 20 years living and working in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He was a Partner in Actis and later a Managing Director at CDC, the UK’s official development finance institution. At CDC he was responsible for building its microfinance portfolio. He has non-executive director experience in the finance sector in the UK and overseas. He was a Church Commissioner and is currently Treasurer of Church House Corporation.