Stewart James

MD and Co-Head of Government Affairs APAC
Goldman Sachs

Stewart is the Co-Head of the Office of Government Affairs for Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. In this role, he focuses on the firm’s public policy agenda in Asia Pacific Ex-Japan, and manages the firm’s relationships with key regulators, policy officials, business groups and community leaders in the region. Stewart joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2022.

Prior to joining the firm, Stewart held multiple roles in international public policy and the private sector. Most recently, he served as a member of the Executive Office at HSBC, advising on sustainability policy and regulation. Before that, Stewart relocated to Hong Kong to lead Government Affairs for HSBC’s Asia Pacific region. He joined HSBC in 2016 as deputy head of Group Government Affairs, helping to establish a new global function to engage with public policy makers across the company’s geographical footprint.

Earlier in his career, Stewart worked at the Bank of England, where he acted as Governor Mark Carney’s Financial Stability Board (FSB) Sherpa, leading the team to support the governor in his role as FSB chair.