Tim Figures is a senior expert on geopolitics and trade impact within Boston Consulting Group’s Global Advantage practice. He is also a member of the BCG’s Center for Climate and Sustainability Policy and Regulation. He works with private and public sector clients globally to analyze and explain changes to trade conditions and trade patterns, assess impact, and recommend actions to maintain competitiveness and value. Tim is an expert on EU trade, economics, and regulations, with a particular focus on manufacturing, professional, and business services, as well as network industries. His current focus is the implications for clients of shifting global trade patterns due to COVID-19, climate change, technology, and market decoupling.
Tim joined the firm in September 2020, following a long career in public service in London and Brussels, that focused on trade, business regulation, and economic policymaking. Most recently he was a senior adviser on EU affairs and trade to the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy; and policy director at the UK’s main trade association for the manufacturing sector, where he helped members address the twin geopolitical challenges of COVID-19 and the UK’s exit from the European Union.
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