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With a first degree in languages at Nottingham University (UK), Dr Chris Downes moved to Brussels where he completed a Masters in European politics, an LLM in international law and a doctorate investigating the relationship between WTO rules and EU food law. Following six years of consultancy work on European food and nutrition policy, he joined ECCO – a Brussels-based independent consultancy specialised in EU food policy and association management – in 2005. Dr Chris Downes focuses within ECCO on international trade policy and trade law. He is Secretary-General for a European Trade Association in the food sector.