The Future of Trade with Mike Short, Chief Scientific Adviser, DIT

As part of our efforts to support the work of the Department for International Trade and enhance cross-sector understanding, WIG are bringing together 40+ experts to discuss the future of international trade, with a view to 2030. Participants will feedback on several key areas, namely:

  • Trade disputes and liberal vs. protectionist trade policies
  • How Technology will impact trade
  • Security and geopolitical issues impacting trade
  • Global challenges such as climate change, AMR and pandemics
  • Barriers to trade

The workshop aims to bring together a wide audience of relevant experts who will debate the key questions around the future of global trade and scope what the dynamics of global trade might look like in the future. The workshop will commence with a cross sector panel, including Dr Mike Short CBE, DIT Chief Scientific Adviser, and Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. The panel will followed by an interactive session of roundtable discussions, to establish the key drivers for change in international trade and research questions to address moving forward.

About the speakers 

  • Dr Mike Short CBE

    Chief Scientific Officer

    Department for International Trade

    Dr Mike Short CBE , after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade as the department’s first chief scientific adviser in December 2017. Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises on the technical aspects of future trade deals as DIT looks to create new arrangements following Brexit, and works with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports. Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as vice president of Telefonica, the parent company of the O2 mobile phone network, for 17 years to December 2016. In this post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK, and led research and development for Telefonica Europe. His career also includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile technology, and he is also a former Chairman of the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is currently a visiting professor at the universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds, Lancaster and Salford, where in recent years he has led the development on collaborations in areas such as smart cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles. He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

  • Professor Ngaire Woods CBE

    Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance

    Oxford University

    Professor Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organizations, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions and global economic governance. Previously, she founded the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University and co-founded (with Robert O. Keohane) the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. She led the creation of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. Ngaire Woods serves as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and as a Rhodes Trustee. She is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values, Technology and Governance. She serves on the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC). Previously, she served as a Non-Executive Director on the Arup Global Group Board and on the Board of the Center for International Governance Innovation in Canada. She has also served as a member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, and as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the African Development Bank, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She has presented numerous documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV2. Ngaire Woods’ books include: The Politics of Global Regulation (with Walter Mattli, Oxford University Press, 2009), Networks of Influence? Developing Countries in a Networked Global Order (with Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Oxford University Press, 2009), The Globalizers: the IMF, the World Bank and their Borrowers (Cornell University Press, 2006), Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program (with Jennifer Welsh, Laurier University Press, 2007), and Making Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries (with Dana Brown, Oxford University Press, 2007). She has previously published The Political Economy of Globalization (Macmillan, 2000), Inequality, Globalization and World Politics (with Andrew Hurrell: Oxford University Press, 1999), Explaining International Relations since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 1986), and numerous articles on international institutions, globalization, and governance. She was educated at Auckland University (BA in economics, LLB Hons in law). She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, completing an MPhil (with Distinction) and then DPhil (in 1992) in International Relations. She won a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford (1990-1992) and subsequently taught at Harvard University (Government Department) before taking up her Fellowship at University College, Oxford and academic roles at Oxford University.  Ngaire Woods has been appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year's Honours for services to Higher Education and Public Policy.

  • Christopher Bates


    Clifford Chance

    Chris Bates is head of Clifford Chance's financial regulation practice in London. He advises banks, securities firms and other financial institutions on issues associated with the impact of Brexit, regulatory response to the financial crisis, the impact of the EU single market programme, financial services regulation and regulatory capital, as well as advising on securities and derivatives transactions and mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector. Chris is a member of the Council of the International Regulatory Strategy Group advising the City of London Corporation and TheCityUK. Chris is also a Visiting Professorial Fellow in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London.

  • Richard Price

    Chief Economist and Director of the Analysis Group

    Department for International Trade

    Richard’s role at the DIT covers economic analysis in all aspects of DIT’s role, from trade and investment promotion to data science, the production of statistics, the department’s preparation for FTA negotiations, the multilateral framework, and the role of trade in UK domestic policy and economic performance.  Previously Richard was Chief Executive of the Office of Rail and Road, Britain’s transport infrastructure regulator, and launched and chaired the cross-sectoral UK Regulators’ Network.  In various roles at HM Treasury he covered international trade; public spending, policy design, and industrial policy – overseeing spending on the UK’s business department – and shaping business and economic regulation, including the design and launch of the Better Regulation Executive.  As Chief Economist at the Home Office, Richard pioneered the application of economics to the reform of the criminal justice system in the UK, producing the first estimates of the economic and social costs of crime; assessing the cost-effectiveness of policies to reduce crime, and whole-system efficiency. He co-led the first serious policy work in the UK on the economic costs and benefits of migration, identifying ways to help improve the positive contribution of migrants to the UK, including their integration into labour markets. In environmental policy at the Treasury, Richard developed the UK government’s first comprehensive assessment of options for cutting carbon emissions, and early work on carbon taxes and trading. He introduced the UK’s shadow price of carbon and led engagement with China on findings of the Stern Review.  As Chief Economist at Defra, Richard led work to develop pro-growth approaches to environmental policy, promoting innovation and investment in natural capital. Richard has worked as an advisor to investors, businesses, governments and development banks on the design and implementation of policies for financing and regulating infrastructure in the UK, eastern Europe and Asia.  He has served as a non-executive director for Etc Venues Ltd, Atelier Advisory Ltd and Freightliners Farm Ltd.  Richard’s publications include “The economic and social costs of crime” (with Sam Brand); “Migration: an economic and social analysis” (with Jonathan Portes and others); “Globalisation and the UK: Specialisation, place and prosperity in global markets” (with Sue Connaughton and Hannah Brown); “Blueprint for a better railway” and “The social cost of carbon” (with Simeon Thornton and Stephen Nelson). 

  • Chris Allan

    Director Global Strategy

    Department for International Trade

    Chris is DIT’s Director for Global Strategy, responsible for leading the department’s contribution to cross-Whitehall international policy and developing DIT’s own strategic thinking function. He was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2015 to 2019 and previously Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia, where he also led the UK’s relationship with Somaliland.  From 2003 to 2006, he was posted to Japan as First Secretary for Energy and the Environment. In London he worked from 2009 to 2010 as Head of South Asia Group at the FCO, with a focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Prior to that he led the FCO’s nuclear deterrence and disarmament policy team. Chris speaks fluent Japanese and Russian, and passable French.  He comes from Edinburgh and studied at Cambridge and the London School of Economics. 



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