Global Conference 2017
Chairman, Global Counsel; Former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State
Lord Mandelson is chairman of Global Counsel. He is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round. Prior to this, he was Minister Without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the British government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown between 1997 and 2010. He was a member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and director of campaigns and communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. He became president of the Great Britain China Centre in 2015 - a non-departmental public body that encourages dialogue and collaboration between Britain and China - and in June 2016 became Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also president of the Policy Network think tank and senior adviser at Lazard.