On joining the Civil Service as a trainee Accountant and undertaking a range of finance appointments he qualified as a Management Accountant.
Following a number of operational and policy roles in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) he joined UK Trade & Investment in August 2008 as Assistant Director Support to Business and was responsible for delivering the strategy of industry engagement to ensure focused UK Government support for exports. In July 2013 he joined the Regional Directorate with specific responsibility for building and developing export opportunities in the Americas.
In September 2016 Arfan led a team that delivered policy, operational, personnel, logistics, and governance support to the MoD’s overseas Operating Bases. In May 2018 he joined the UK Space Agency as the Head of International Policy, responsible for developing the Agency’s policy for international interventions and establishing effective relationships across Whitehall and strategically prioritising our international engagements both in Europe and globally according to the benefits to the UK. He also leads a team that conceived and delivers HMG’s export strategy for space whilst ensuring space interests are adequately captured in wider Government bilateral relationships and trade agreements in a post EU exit context.