Chris Downes

With a first degree in languages at Nottingham University (UK), Chris moved to Brussels where he completed a Masters in European politics, an LLM in international law and a doctorate investigating the relationship between WTO rules and EU food law. Prior to joining ECCO in 2005, he worked for six years at a Brussels-based consultancy specialised in EU food and nutrition policy. Chris focuses within ECCO on international trade policy and trade law. He is Secretary-General for a European Trade Association in the food sector.  He is fluent in French and Dutch and has a good knowledge of German.