Chamber strengthens international offering with new appointment

April 22, 2024

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, the membership organisation representing start-ups, SMEs and multi-national businesses within the Cambridgeshire-wide area, announces the appointment of Dr Ilona Karpanos as International Trade Advisor.

The Chamber has undergone a significant transformation to become an accessible, relevant and forward-thinking organisation, ensuring that the voice of business is heard locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. This appointment will help to support international trade between Cambridgeshire and the world.

Ilona is an experienced project manager and consultant in international business development with almost 20 years’ experience in international trade, including research on specific markets and market activities, and working with both SMEs and large companies across different industries.

On her appointment as International Trade Advisor, Ilona commented: “With my extensive expertise and practical knowledge in international business, coupled with my PhD academic background in political science and international relations, I am looking forward to putting my skills and experience to use to support the work of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce.”

Ilona also holds an MBA in marketing, MA in international business and BA in finance.

Charlotte Horobin, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ilona to the Chamber to strengthen our international trade team. Her expansive knowledge will support companies across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Stamford to embark on their journey to trade internationally, to assist companies with entering new markets and help importers and exporters to grow their international footprint.”

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce is committed to serving as the leading advocate for the entire business community, fostering economic growth and development across Cambridgeshire, and enhancing the quality of life in our community. Through advocacy, education and networking opportunities, we aim to empower our members to achieve their goals and contribute to the prosperity of our community as a whole. Our mission is to be a trusted partner and resource for businesses of all sizes, across all industry sectors, and work together with local government organisations to build a thriving, dynamic community that is of benefit to all.