Glyn Ford
Director of Track2Asia, and Former Labour MEP

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 Committees, 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.

After leaving the Parliament, Glyn Ford founded POLINT, focusing on European Internal Politics, International Relations and International Trade.  In a personal capacity Glyn is a Board Member of European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and the North East Asian Economic Forum (NEAEF).

Glyn is also a book writer and has written several books, the most recent book is called, Talking to North Korea.