Ken 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.

Following university, he went to work for an investment bank in the City of London, where he has worked for over 30 years. After serving as Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank, a global financial institution, where he advised international corporations, Mr Costa was named as the Chairman of Lazard International, joining the bank in October 2007 until 2011.

Ken Costa is the Chairman of Alpha International, which promotes the Alpha course - an introduction to the Christian faith attended by over 2 million people in the UK and 10 million worldwide – and Church Warden of Holy Trinity Brompton. Ken is also the Gresham Professor of Commerce in the City of London. He was Chairman of the Tick Tock Club appeal on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital; a member of the Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra; and a Trustee of the UK arm of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

He and his wife, Fi, live in London. They have two sons and two daughters.