Dr Mike Short was Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Trade from November 2017 to February 2023.
He has over 40 years of experience in the electronics and telecommunications industry, latterly as Vice President of Telefonica for 17 years to December 2016. In that post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK, established an office in Brussels and went on to lead international research, innovation and standards for Telefonica Europe.
His career includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile and digital technology. He is a former chairman of the GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and was president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2011 to 2012.
He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry,