As the CEO of Competere, Shanker focuses on promoting international trade and competition policy throughout the world.
He is an Academic Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Director of their International Trade and Competition Unit – an advisory board focused on providing advice to the UK government, industry and media on the Brexit negotiations, among other trade policy issues.
Shanker has worked with governments and multi-national companies on trade, competition and regulatory issues in over 50 countries around the world. His more recent undertakings have been in the areas of Anti-Competitive Market Distortions and the efforts to reduce barriers to free trade on a global basis.
Most recently, Shanker chaired the Prosperity UK’s Alternative Arrangements Commission Technical Panel, consisting of 23 technical experts in the areas of trade, borders, and customs, in order to help find a solution to the Irish border impasse in the Brexit negotiations.
Shanker is regularly quoted on issues of trade, competition, regulatory systems and their ability to lift the poor out of poverty. He has been featured in over one hundred articles, book chapters and media publications surrounding his expertise, as well as lectured, written and spoken extensively. Shanker frequently writes columns for the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Times and is a regular guest on Sky News, Channel Four, CNN, and BBC Radio 4.
Shanker was educated at St. Paul’s School, London. He has an MA in Chemistry from Balliol College, Oxford University and postgraduate legal degrees in both the UK and US.