A former long serving British diplomat in Asia and extreme negotiator. Claire has played hard ball with governments, political institutions, and corporate bodies across the globe. She was part of the UK government delegation to negotiate the future of Hong Kong and played a key role negotiating with the Taliban to resolve the Ariana Afghan Airlines hijack in 2006. Expert in managing the complexities of global business practice and the Art of Negotiation. Claire now runs her own consultancy business, CH Smith Consulting, specialising in helping governments re-build capabilities after conflict and companies navigating turbulent times.