Douglas has experience in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors and is the CEO of the Portland Trust. Prior to this, Doug spent six years as Group Development Director and Advisor to the Global MD of Investec Bank Plc working with Private, Corporate and Institutional clients of the international specialist bank.
Doug was CEO of the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) from 2005-2012 where he led the UK Jewish Community’s engagement with Israel and in particular its strategic support for the regeneration of the educational and social infrastructure of the Galil.
He was also founding Co-Chairman of the UK Task Force on Arab Citizens of Israel and Executive Director of the Community Security Trust (CST) and founding Executive Director of the Maimonides Foundation, promoting cooperation between Muslims and Jews in the UK and Middle East, and Arab-Israel dialogue.
Doug has a Masters degree in Middle East Area Studies from the London University School of Oriental and African Studies and a degree in Modern Arabic Studies from the University of Leeds. He spent a year at Ain Shams University in Cairo and speaks Arabic, Hebrew and French.