Vince Cable was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1997-2015.
He has held the posts of Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Secretary of State for Trade & Industry, Treasury Spokesman, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Acting Leader for two months in 2007.
In May 2010, Vince Cable was chosen by David Cameron to become Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, a post he held until the General Election of 2015.
He was previously the Chief Economist at Shell International and Head of Economics at the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Vince has a wealth of experience in the field of finance and economic issues, both at home and abroad, holding positions including:
- Special adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary-General
- President of The United Nations Association London and South East Region
- Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute
- Treasury Official for the Government of Kenya
He has worked extensively in India and in Latin America and has undertaken Freelance work for the World Bank and United Nations.
He has written books on Trade Policy and International Finance and published an in-depth study of international telecommunications – Global Superhighways. In 1999 he published a major book on Globalisation and Global Governance for Chatham House and Brookings.
He is very interested in environmental issues and drafted a report for the Commonwealth Prime-Ministers’ Conference on climate change and the ‘Greenhouse Effect’. He helped to prepare the report of the World Commission for the Environment with the Prime-Minister of Norway and Commonwealth Secretary General.
His book ‘The Storm: The World Economic Crisis & What It Means’ published in 2007 was widely acclaimed and correctly predicted the global economic crisis later that year.
As a keynote speaker his speaking topics include:
- Environmental Issues
- European Economic
- Global Economics
- Monetary Union
- The City