Chris Welsh

Secretary-General, Global Shippers' Forum

Chris Welsh was appointed Secretary General of the Global Shippers’ Forum in July 2011. Since its inauguration in 2011, the GSF has expanded to represent over 25 national and regional shippers’ associations in every major region in the world; representing shippers’ interests in the main international UN based transport and inter-governmental organisations, such as the IMO, WCO, ILO, UNECE, ICAO, OECD, APEC and the EU.  

From 1996-2002 Chris was Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) where he played the prominent role in deregulating EU shipping and air cargo markets, spear-heading a series of successful maritime anti-trust legal cases culminating in the repeal of anti-trust immunity for liner shipping conferences in trades to and from Europe in 2006.

Chris has held a variety of senior management roles for the UK Freight Transport Association, and is currently Director of Global and European Policy and is a member of FTA’s Leadership team. In 1992 he establishing FTA’s Brussels operations and in 2010 set up FTA Ireland a new independent multimodal logistics trade association for Irish shippers and logistics interests.

Chris holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).