While Sir Mark Allen ran MI6’s Middle East desk, he fixed a BP-Libya oil deal. He went to work as a special adviser to BP after he left the Foreign Office in 2004.
Allen is a senior adviser to the Monitor Group—“a global consultancy and private equity firm”. The firm is headed by Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6 and adviser to BP.
Monitor drew up a strategy to “enhance the profile of Libya and Muammar Qadhafi”. It helped write Saif Gaddafi’s PhD thesis at the LSE.
Allen is still on the advisory board of the LSE’s centre for the study of international affairs, LSE Ideas.