Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister (Science, Research and Innovation) at Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)

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Shadow Minister (Science, Research and Innovation)
Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Chi Onwurah has been Shadow Minister (Science, Research and Innovation) since April 2020. Previous to that, she has held shadow ministerial roles in the Departments for Culture Media and Sport; Business and Trade; Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Business Innovation and Skills; and the Cabinet Office.

She became Newcastle's first black MP in the 2010 election.

She attended Kenton School before studying Electrical Engineering, graduating from Imperial College in 1987. Ms Onwurah worked in hardware and software management, product management, market development and strategy for a variety of companies in the UK, France, US, Nigeria, and Denmark. She also has an MBA from Manchester Business School and has Chartered Engineer status.

From 2004 - 2010, Chi was responsibille for technology stategy and analysis for the telecommunications sector - including broadband, internet and systems - and for leading Ofcom's technology strategy in the international domain, particularly standardisation and EC policy.

Chi was involved in the Anti Apartheid movement, on the national executive of ACTSA. More recently she has joined the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School.

  • In news articles

    Digital Government – for the many or the few?

    Chi gave a fascinating insight into the issues surrounding digital democracy and an invitation to make use of the technologies available to engage with our MPs as often as possible.