Derek Ridyard is an economist with expertise in the economics of competition, regulation and intellectual property. He holds an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics. He spent 30 years as an economist working in private practice. Derek was one of the co-founders of economic consulting firm RBB Economics, prior to which he worked for 15 years establishing and heading up the European competition practice at NERA, and for five years in the UK Government Economic Service. He is also a member of the UK’s Regulatory Policy Committee.