Ken Costa

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Ken Costa, former investment banker turned peacebroker

Ken Costa is a former chairman of leading investment banks Lazard International (2007-2011), and UBS Europe who became chairman of London Connections in 2011. London Connections is a St Paul's Institute initiative of the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, which aims to reconnect and engage the City with a disenfranchised public picking up the bill for multi-billion-pound bank bailouts. [1]

In December 2011 Costa made the group's first move towards this goal by facilitating a meeting between Occupy London protesters, who are demonstrating against capitalist greed, and Financial Services Authority chief executive Hector Sants.


Conservative Party donor

In 2011 Costa gave £48,500 to the Conservative Party. [3]


Costa was born in South Africa and studied philosophy and law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he became President of the Students’ Union and was active in the student protest movements against apartheid. He went on to study law and theology at the University of Cambridge.[2]



  1. London Connection brings Occupy London and FSA chief together, 5 December 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 About Ken Costa, acc 8 Jan 2011
  3. GMB Union, Rich & City Elite Fund Tory Party, 1 December 2011