Victor Platten

Deputy Director, Trade Disputes and Market Access at Department for Business and Trade (DBT)

Deputy Director, Trade Disputes and Market Access, Department for International Trade
Policy Fellow Alumnus, Centre for Science and Policy

Vic Platten is a Deputy Director at the Department for International Trade (DIT). Vic is responsible for ensuring that by the time the UK leaves the European Union, we are ready to launch or defend trade disputes in our own right at the World Trade Organisation (the European Commission currently represents our interests).

Before transferring to DIT Vic worked for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Roles included: leading the development of a new 25 year Food and Farming Strategy, redesigning Defra’s delivery landscape, and improving market access for UK businesses exporting to non-EU countries. His first degree was in Economic and Social History and he also holds a Masters In Business Administration (with distinction) specialising in decision analysis (assessing its potential to inform public policy decisions).

Vic intends to use his CSaP Fellowship to examine the motivations behind trade disputes, how decisions to launch disputes are determined, how to avoid formal disputes and how to manage international relationships on trade disputes both before and after the UK has left the European Union.