Matthew Li

Engagement Manager, UK-US Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Team at Department for Business and Trade (DBT)


Counsellor, Trade Policy, British Embassy Tokyo

Junior Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Matthew currently works at the British Embassy in Tokyo as a Counsellor on Trade Policy.

Previously, he was at the UK’s Department for International Trade, where he wasa member of the UK-US free trade agreement (FTA) negotiation team. The UK-US FTA negotiations team is a small team of about 20 officials, led by the UK’s Chief Negotiator, which coordinates the full UK negotiation team of several hundred officials from across various departments. To date, the UK has held 5 rounds of formal negotiations with the US negotiating team, which is led by the United States Trade Representative’s Office. Matthew led on stakeholder engagement for the UK-US FTA and was responsible for securing stakeholder input into negotiations, as well as communicating developments from the negotiating room to stakeholders throughout the negotiation process.

Matthew previously worked at the Department for Exiting the European Union, serving as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, where his portfolio covered the future UK-EU trading relationship, the UK’s trading relationship with the rest of the world, and the renegotiation of the Northern Ireland / Ireland Protocol. Prior to joining Private Office, he was a Fast Streamer at the Department for Exiting the European Union for two years, working on no deal preparedness communications in the Communications and Engagement Directorate.

Matthew read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours.

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.