Past IET President, Dr Mike Short, becomes Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for International Trade
Dr Mike Short will take up the role later this month at the Department for International Trade.
As Head of the science and engineering profession, Mike will play a key role in ensuring the department's policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice and will advise on the technical aspects of future trade deals. He will work closely with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to promote British scientific and engineering exports around the world. Science and technological exports, including pharmaceutical products, are key sectors for UK trade, accounting for more than £25 billion (or 8.3%) of UK good exports in 2016 alone, making it the UK’s 4th largest goods export.
Mike was IET President for the 2011-2012 term and has over 40 years of technical experience in the Electronics and Telecommunications sectors. He was Vice President of Telefonica for 17 years, managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK, led Research and Development for Telefonica Europe and helped found the Wayra digital accelerator. Mike is a former Chairman of the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association and is a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Lancaster. He was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to the mobile industry.
Speaking of his new appointment, Mike said: “Joining the department as Chief Scientific Adviser during a period of such great global opportunity is tremendously exciting.
“I look forward to working closely with businesses, research institutions and industry to drive UK economic growth, through a trade policy which champions the best in scientific research and innovation.”
International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said: “As an international economic department, having the best people with the right expertise will guarantee we create and deliver a world class trade policy, whilst at the same time deepening our existing trade relationships around the world.
“An industry leader, Dr Short’s many decades of experience in technology, innovation and public policy will ensure that cutting-edge scientific and technical know-how is firmly at the core of DIT’s work.”