Vince Cable – Keynote Speaker

Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Specialist Subjects

  • UK trade
  • Industry and economic policy
  • Global Economy


The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable was Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015). He was Member of Parliament for Twickenham 1997-2015; deputy leader of the Lib Dems 2007-2010 and shadow chancellor 2003-2010. He was the leader of the Liberal Democrats 2017-2019.

Vince Cable read Natural Sciences and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University.

From 1966 to 1968 he was Treasury Finance Officer for the Kenya Government. After lecturing at Glasgow University in economics he worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a first secretary in the Diplomatic Service (1974-76). He was then appointed Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute, which included a period working for the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, John Smith, as a special advisor. From 1983 to 1990, Vince worked as special advisor on Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Sonny Ramphal.

In 1990 he joined Shell International taking up the post of Chief Economist in 1995. He has also been head of the economics programme at Chatham House and is a former fellow of Nuffield College Oxford and the LSE.

Vince Cable is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, Nottingham University and St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is also author of several books including The Storm (on the financial crisis), After the StormMoney and PowerThe Chinese Conundrum and a novel, Open Arms.

He is a non-executive director of several companies including Element 2, the hydrogen infrastructure company.

Vince Cable was recently made Freeman of the City of London

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