Head of Region, Asia & U.S., Access Partnership
Christopher (Chris) Martin is responsible for Access Partnership’s offices and operations across Asia and the US. With over 15 years of experience in international business and policy, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge across various technology policies including cybersecurity, data protection, cross-border data flows, online content, Internet governance, spectrum and trade. He leads a team of staff with expertise on China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia and North America, and language capabilities in Bahasa, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and Vietnamese.
Christopher Martin leads Access Partnership’s office in Singapore and manages operations in the Asia Pacific. Consulting on information and communications technology policy, he works with global companies and organizations to develop strategies, shape policy discussions, and access new markets. Martin began his work in Asia in 2001 by helping small businesses grow and trade internationally. Since then, he has worked on public affairs issues and campaigns across the region, as well as North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He previously worked for five years at the United States Council for International Business, where he managed ICT policy and served two years as the large-business representative on ICANN’s Nominating Committee. He also coordinated development of global self-regulatory standards in marketing and advertising, and advanced stakeholder positions in various national and multilateral government bodies.
Chris leads his team in monitoring and analysing a range of issues including artificial intelligence, competition, cross-border data flows, cybersecurity, e-commerce, fintech, high performance cloud computing, investment policy, IoT, over-the-top (OTT), privacy and tax. They have developed collateral and research studies in many of these areas, including cyber policy risk assessments on China, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The team actively engages policymakers on a regular basis at the national and regional levels in the Asia Pacific region, and on behalf of regional interests in global-level forums.
Christopher Martin’s career includes experience in the non-profit sector and at the World Trade Organization, and he has published papers on trade and economic reform in Asia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international affairs from James Madison University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.