Scientists for Labour congratulate Chi Onwurah MP on her appointment to Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Science and Innovation.
Chi has been a shadow minister with technology briefs since she was elected to Parliament in 2010, with roles covering the digital economy, cyber security, science and digital infrastructure. She has a strong background in technology, telecomms and engineering and we believe she will bring a lot to her new brief.
In response to Scientists for Labour's recent article on Brexit, Chi said:
"A Brexit that works for working people must deliver on high skill, high wage jobs and science and innovation are key drivers of the UK economic prosperity. In its no-plan Brexit chaos Government is overlooking the factors that make innovation and science in Britain so successful, from European collaboration to global investment. Labour’s industrial strategy will place science and innovation at its heart."
Prior to Chi’s election to Parliament in May 2010 she worked as Head of Telecom's Technology at the UK regulator Ofcom focussing on the implications for competition and regulation of the services and technologies associated with Next Generation Networks.
Prior to Ofcom, Chi was a Partner in Hammatan Ventures, a US technology consultancy, developing the GSM markets in Nigeria and South Africa. Previously she was Director of Market Development with Teligent, a Global Wireless Local Loop operator and Director of Product Strategy at GTS. She has also worked for Cable & Wireless and Nortel as Engineer, Project and Product Manager in the UK and France.
Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School.