Tristan Ace

British Council
Head, Global Partnerships and Development, Social Enterprise


Tristan is a Development Professional with over 12 year’s experience working in more than 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Tristan has managed a variety of programmes and projects for the British Council, as well as donors including the EU and the World Bank.

Tristan is passionate about the role that social enterprises can play in building fair, inclusive and just societies and has a particular interest in the role that social enterprise can play in strengthening civil society. He is currently based in Hong Kong where he leads the British Council’s efforts across Asia to support the development of social enterprise and social investment. Prior to this, Tristan was based in Beijing for a year and in Myanmar for four years, where he launched one of the first social enterprise programmes after the democratic transition.