• David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union; MP for Haltemprice and Howden


  • Shanker Singham, Director of Economic and Prosperity Studies; Chair of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission


  • Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 9:20am—10:00am; followed by a Business Forum members-only roundtable with Shanker Singham (10:00am—11:00am)
  • Legatum Institute, 11 Charles Street, London, W1J 5DW

This event was invite only. To find out more about the Business Forum, please contact Izabela Joshi.

About the Speakers

Since being elected in 1997, David has been the Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden. Previously he was MP for the Boothferry constituency from 1987. In the last Conservative government David held the position of Foreign Office Minister, where he was responsible for government negotiations on Europe, NATO enlargement, the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the updated Geneva Convention. After the 1997 election David was elected as Chairman of the influential Public Accounts Committee. David was Shadow Home Secretary from 2003 until he announced his resignation in 2008. In July 2016, David was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union under Theresa May.

Shanker leads the Legatum Institute’s Economics of Prosperity work, including the Special Trade Commission, which seeks to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations the UK faces in the wake of the decision to exit the EU. Previously, Shanker was head of market access at Squire Sanders and Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities project at Babson Global. Shanker has worked with governments and companies around the world on market opening and transition issues. In 1997, Shanker founded the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition as a way of promoting the notion of free trade, competitive markets and property rights protection around the world. He is a cleared advisor to the United States government on trade issues and has also been a senior trade and economics adviser to a number of political candidates, including Democratic Governors Lawton Chiles and Buddy McKay of Florida, as well as Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.