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.