Chris Huhne has spent the last ten years concerned with energy and climate change policy as minister, shadow minister, and negotiator at national and international level. Chris has an in-depth knowledge of international, european and national political institutions.
Prior to politics, Chris had a successful track record in business and economics. He was also an award-winning writer and public speaker.
- Co-chair, ET Index Ltd
- Chairman, Europe, Zilkha Biomass 2013-
- Strategic adviser, Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association 2014-15
- Adviser, British Photovoltaic Association, 2014-
- Adviser, Nationwide Energy Services 2013
- Columnist, Guardian 2013-14
- Occasional lecturer and speaker for inter alia University of Cambridge Masters in Public Policy 2013
- Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change putting in place the first energy-saving act (setting up the Green Deal) and deciding low-carbon electricity market reform 2010-2
- Led the UK delegation to the Cancun 2011 and Durban 2012 conferences working for a global agreement on climate change.
- Responsible for “Zero Carbon Britain”, first UK party plan to decarbonise economy.
- One of 4-man Liberal Democrat team negotiating the UK Coalition government programme in 2010
- Member of the UK Parliament 2005-2013 holding front bench positions for the Liberal Democrats dealing with the Treasury, Environment and the Home Office.
1999 to 2005
- Member of the European Parliament and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee
- Liberal group’s spokesman on economics and finance, dealing with financial regulation (Financial Markets Action Plan) such as the prospectus directive.
- Introduced sunset clauses for the first time into European law.
1994 to 1999
- Founded the first European group of economists rating sovereign borrowers, ending as group managing director of Fitch, one of the three big rating agencies.
- Led the economic teams that first rated central and eastern European transition economies coming to the capital markets after the fall of the Berlin Wall (eg Russia, Poland, Ukraine).
- Reported and analysed the 1997 Asian financial crisis in South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand.
1976 to 1994
- Business editor on the Independent and Independent on Sunday.
- Wrote four books, mainly on international debt, development and European economics, and numerous articles in policy journals (selective list attached).
- Two Wincott awards as financial journalist of the year.
- Economics commentator and columnist on the Guardian 1980 to 1990
- Brussels correspondent of The Economist 1977 to 1980
- Undercover journalist during Mrs Gandhi’s emergency in India when others were expelled.
Qualifications and Awards
- First class degree in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. Certificat at the Sorbonne-Paris (French speaker).
- Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University 2008-2012.
- Council member of the Royal Economic Society 1993-8.
- Council member, Consumers’ Association 2002-2004.