Founder, Executive Director
Glyn Ford was a Member of the European Parliament for over 25 years leaving the EP in June 2009. Before entering the European Parliament Glyn was a Senior Research Fellow in Manchester University’s Department of Science and Technology Policy and was at various times a Visiting Fellow/ Professor at Sussex University, the University of Tokyo and the East-West Centre in Hawaii. At the European Parliament he served on both the International Trade and Foreign Affairs Committee, particularly on dossiers related to Asia, giving him unrivalled knowledge and networks in Brussels and Strasbourg. During his time as an MEP, Glyn was rapporteur for the Free-Trade Agreement with ASEAN, for implementing the Scientific Partnership Agreement with the Republic of Korea, and he was ‘shadow’ on the EU-Japan and EU-China trade agreements.
Glyn was also a member of the delegation with the Japanese Diet from 1984 to 2009, and the Korean Peninsula from its creation in 2004 to 2009. Glyn was leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and Deputy Leader of the Socialist Group and served at various times on the Research, Technology and Energy, Justice and Home Affairs, Petitions and Rules Committees along with the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence. He was the Socialist Co-ordinator on both the Rules and Petitions Committees.
(For more information about Glyn Ford’s activities in the European Parliament, please follow the link: Glyn Ford)
Ford founded POLINT, focusing on European Politics, Foreign Relations and International Trade. He continued his engagement with the DPRK and the East Asian. These activities, on a ‘non-profit’ basis, are carried out in the framework of the NGO Track2Asia. In a personal capacity Glyn is a Board Member of the North East Asian Economic Forum (NEAEF).
In the past five years, as Polint’s Executive Director, Glyn has provided political and strategic advice to third country governments in East Asia on trade and political relations with the EU. Last year he published Talking to North Korea which has been translated into Korean and published in Seoul.