Chris Southworth

Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce UK

Chris Southworth is Secretary General at the International Chamber of Commerce UK and a regular voice for business in the international media. He is founder of the ICC Digital Trade Roadmap and a member of the ICC G7, G20, Digitisation and Ecommerce Working Groups and ICC World Council as well as the International Advisory Boards of the Digital Trade Network and Queen Mary-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law. Prior to joining ICC, he was Executive Director for Global Partnerships, at the British Chambers of Commerce, Head of the International Chambers of Commerce Unit at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and a Senior Policy Advisor to Lord Heseltine for his independent review of UK competitiveness. In 2011 he helped set up the mid-size business export programme at UKTI and was a Senior Policy Advisor for the 2011 Government Review of Mid-Size Businesses. Former roles have encompassed deregulatory and social enterprise policy at the Department for Business and stints improving public services at local strategic partnership level and the NGO sector.