Peter is Co-founder and Chairman of Global Counsel. He is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round.

Prior to this, he held a number of Cabinet posts under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown including Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour Party between 1985 and 1990.

As well as Chairman of Global Counsel, Peter is a member of the International Advisory Committee of BlueVoyant, a cyber security company and member of the Group Holding Board of The Bank of London. He is President of the Great Britain China Centre and Governor and Member of the Council of Management at the Ditchley Foundation. Peter is Chairman of the Design Museum in London and Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University. 

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Top in Tech: Ofcom CEO Melanie Dawes on regulating the metaverse


Last week, we hosted an event in central London presenting the initial findings of our new report on public attitudes to the metaverse and its regulation.  Today, we're presenting a recording from the event: Ofcom CEO Melanie Dawes joined GC Chairman Peter Mandelson for a discussion on the role of regulators in online safety and emerging technologies like the…

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Reviving the multilateral trading system

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Digital in-conversation with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, WTO; and Peter Mandelson, Chairman, Global Counsel, discussing potential solutions to the many challenges the World Trade Organisation and the multilateral trading system are facing.

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Not if, but how: digital regulation in the UK


Global Counsel brings together the leaders of the four UK regulators for a panel discussion about the future of digital regulation. The speakers include Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority; Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive, Ofcom; Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, Information Commissioners Office; Nikhil Rathi, Chief Executive,…

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