Chris Clark is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of international trade, customs, and maritime security operations in high-risk environments. His decades of experience include both front-line work and senior-level management of a broad range of programs including anti-smuggling, drug enforcement, cargo inspection, customs risk management, customs modernization, and customs capacity building projects for HM Customs & Excise for the British government and in the private sector. Chris served on HM Customs & Excise patrol boats for more than 12 years supporting maritime interdiction and enforcement missions. He has more than 17 years of direct experience working directly with international organizations such as the United Nations, Euro Customs, DFID, the World Bank, and the IMF, providing Customs capacity building training to Customs Administrations in Kenya, Georgia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Belize, Lebanon, South Africa, and Angola. For four years he was seconded to the British Ministry of Defense in Cyprus where he supported international counter-drug efforts in Turkey, Egypt, and Israel.
In the private sector, Chris worked as a regional vice president for the Cotecna Group, an international trade facilitation and inspection company where he served in multiple roles, including Senior Liaison Officer to the Pakistan Customs authority for the implementation of their pre-shipment inspection program, manager of the company’s Eastern & Southern African operations and as head of the company’s Customs Support Unit where he was responsible for the global implementation of customs modernization, capacity building and risk management programs.
Chris was the co-founder of the UK-based AEON Customs Consultancy Limited, providing capacity building, modernization, risk management, trade security, and asset tracking services to governments globally.