Speakers

 


 

2018 Speakers

 


 

Ambassador Hector Marcelo Cima of Argentina

Permanent Representative of Argentina to the World Trade Organization and
the United Nations Office in Geneva

As a member of the Argentine Foreign Service since 1985, Ambassador Marcelo Cima serves currently (since 2016), as the Permanent Representative of Argentina to the World Trade Organization and (!) the United Nations Office in Geneva. In 2015, before taking office as the Permanent Representative, he was the Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Office in Geneva. He has been posted to the European Union in Brussels (1989-1994), and to the United States of America in Washington D.C twice (1998-2000, and 2003-2008). Working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was Director General for Export Promotion, Director for Capital Goods and Technology Export Promotion, acting Under Secretary of Investment Development, and member of the Cabinet of the Secretary of International Economic Relations and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has a degree in Law from the Catholic University of Argentina (1983), Master in International Relations and International Economic Policy, Belgrano University in Argentina (1987-1988 no thesis), and Master in Public Management, University of Maryland in the USA (2010).


Mr. Pierre Sauvé

Senior Trade Specialist at the World Bank Group

Pierre Sauvé is a Senior Trade Specialist within the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Based in the World Bank’s Geneva office, he manages interactions with Geneva-based trade institutions and the donor community and represents the Bank in key trade-governance related committees at the OECD, in Paris. He served most recently as the WTI’s Director of External Programmes and Academic Partnerships.  He also serves as an academic advisor and as a faculty member of the University of Barcelona’s LLM programme in international economic law and policy (IELPO) and is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, in Bruges, Belgium. He has held visiting professor appointments at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques’ (Sciences-Po) in Paris, France, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1993–2002, he served as a senior economist in the OECD Trade Directorate and he was a faculty member of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to joining the OECD, he served as services negotiator within the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Office of North American Free Trade Negotiations.



Dr. Theresa Carpenter

Executive Director Centre for Trade and Economic Integration IHEID

Theresa Carpenter is Executive Director of the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.  In this capacity, she conducts and coordinates interdisciplinary research on the multilateral trading system and other international integration issues.  Theresa’s current work focuses on the use of economics in the settlement of trade and investment disputes.  Her recent work focuses on regional trade agreements and their relationship to the WTO.  She is also the author of several chapters and the facilitator of several edited volumes on the multilateral trading system.  In previous work, she focused on trade and multinationals. Dr. Carpenter received her PhD in Economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva in 2006. Her prior experience includes a decade of work in management consultancy.


Mr. Felipe Hees

Counselor at the Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization in Geneva

Felipe Hees is a Brazilian diplomat with a strong background in trade negotiations. He holds a Ph.D. in Brazilian History from the University of Brasília, Brazil, and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. For professional reasons, wrote a thesis on the Doha Round negotiations on antidumping, with honors. As trade negotiator, Mr. Hees has significant professional experience, ranging from services, investment, e-commerce, agriculture, antidumping, safeguards, subsidies, countervailing measures, SPS, and other issues in the multilateral, regional and bilateral context (Mercosur, Free Trade Area of the Americas, Mercosur/European Union, WTO). Mr. Hees has also served as panelist in WTO dispute settlement cases and has authored several publications in his field. He was the Director of the Brazilian Trade Remedies Authority between 2011 and 2014 and headed the unit responsible for trade negotiations with Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. Mr. Hees holds a degree in Economics (UNICAMP, Brazil). Currently Minister at the Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.


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Mr. Thomas Pletscher

Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Switzerland

Thomas Pletscher studied law at the University of Zurich. He worked in a global audit company, in an international bank, in a trading company and in an export promotion institution before joining the Swiss Business Federation. Since 1988, he leads the Department for Regulatory and Competition Policy of economiesuisse. His main responsibilities include in addition to all fields of economic law issues related to multinational enterprises incl. business ethics. Further, he deals with bilateral relations to North America, British islands, Australia/New Zealand and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is Secretary General of ICC Switzerland, the bridge to the World Business Organisation ICC. He was member of numerous Commissions and Working Groups at national and international level, notably within BUSINESSEUROPE, BIAC (Business and Industrial Advisory Committee to the OECD) and ICC international Chamber of Commerce.


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Professor Simon J. Evenett

Professor of International Trade and Economic Development at the University of St. Gallen

Simon J. Evenett is Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, and for the past 5 years has also been Academic Director of the MBA, at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is also the coordinator of the independent trade policy watchdog Global Trade Alert. Professor Evenett’s interests include protectionism, trade disputes, WTO and regional trade negotiations, emerging markets, and the manner in which firms actually compete internationally. He was educated at Cam­bridge and Yale universities, taking economics degrees at both. Previously Professor Evenett has taught at Oxford and Rutgers universities, has been a Visiting Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and a World Bank official, twice. Professor Evenett comments frequently on leading international economic developments to the media and to corporate audiences. He has over 180 publications.


 

 

Mr. Hamid Mamdouh

Former Director of the Trade in Services and Investment Division of the WTO

Hamid Mamdouh is a Senior Counsel at King & Spalding LLP and former Director of the Trade in Services and Investment Division of the WTO. Prior to that he was a Senior Counsellor in the Services Division and was the Secretary of the WTO Council for Trade in Services since the establishment of the WTO in 1995.  During that time, he was also responsible for legal affairs in the area of Trade in Services.  During the Uruguay Round negotiations his responsibilities included legal matters relating to the negotiation and the drafting of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). His previous positions in the GATT include:  Assistant to the Deputy Director-General of the GATT and legal advisor on GATT dispute settlement.  Prior to that he was a trade negotiator with the diplomatic service of Egypt.


 

 

Mr. Bernard Kuiten

Head of External Relations WTO

Bernard Kuiten is Head of External Relations at the World Trade Organization since 2009 where he oversees the organization’s dealings with the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians and other intergovernmental organizations. He joined the WTO at the end of 1999, taking responsibility for civil society relations.

Bernard is a former diplomat and trade negotiator and a highly seasoned speaker on trade and WTO matters. From 1990 to 1999, he represented both the  Netherlands and the European  Union on a  number  of  trade  files,  including  shipbuilding,  steel  and  services  trade  in  general.  He  specialized  in financial, telecommunication and audio‐visual services when working for the European Commission. The  year  before  joining  WTO,  Bernard  was  the  chair  of  the  WTO  Working  Party  for  State  Trading  Enterprises.  He is a member and former chair of the International Geneva Committee of the Swiss Network  of  International  Studies,  as  well  as  an  Advisory  Board Member  of  the  Model  WTO  at  the  University of St. Gallen.


More Speakers will be announced soon


2017 Speakers

 

Mr. Thomas Pletscher, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Switzerland

Ms. Mina Mashayeki, Head of the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy at UNCTAD

Ms. Marion Jansen, Chief Economist at the International Trade Center (ITC)

Dr. Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration

Mr. Bernard Kuiten, Head of External Relations at the WTO and former First Secretary at the WTO Unit of the Dutch Permanent Representation in Geneva

Mr. Simon J. Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development at the University of St. Gallen

Mr. Remigi Winzap, Chief Negotiator Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) at Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

Mr. Paolo Garzotti, Deputy Permanent representative of the European Union Mission to the WTO

Ambassador Alfredo Suescum, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Panama to the WTO

 


 

2016 Speakers

 

Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director General of the WTO

Mr. Nicholas Niggli, Head of the Economic, Finance, Science & Innovation Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK

Mr. Luzius Wasescha, Former permanent representative of Switzerland at the WTO

Mr. Bernard Kuiten, Head of External Relations at the WTO since 2009

Judge Marc Steiner, Judge at the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, specialist in Government Procurement

Mr. John Newham, Chairman for the Government Procurement Agreement

Mr. Robert Anderson, Team leader for Government Procurement and Competition Policy in the WTO Secretariat


 

2015 Speakers

 

Ambassador Fernando de Mateo y Venturini, Chairman of the WTO General Council and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the WTO

Ambassador Guillermo Valles Galmés, Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Victor do Prado, Director of the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division in the WTO

Dr. Sherry M. Stephenson, Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Dr. Simon Evenett, Professor of Int. Trade & Director of the MBA at St. Gallen University, Coordinator of Global Trade Alert

Dr. Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration

Dr. Carlos A. Primo Braga, Director of the Evian Group and Former Worldbank Director for Economic Policy and Debt


 

2014 Speakers

 

Mr. Luzius Wasescha, Former permanent representative of Switzerland at the WTO

Alejandro Jara, Former Deputy Director-General of the WTO

Andreas Maurer, Chief of the International Trade Statistics Section at the World Trade Organisation

Victor do Prado, Director of the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division in the WTO

Dr. Simon Evenett, Professor of Int. Trade & Director of the MBA at St. Gallen University, Coordinator of Global Trade Alert

Dr. Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration

Dr. Carlos A. Primo Braga, Director of the Evian Group and Former Worldbank Director for Economic Policy and Debt


 

2013 Speakers

 

Dr. Doaa Abdel Motaal, Former Deputy Chief of Staff at the WTO and Advisor to the WTO DG Pascal Lamy

Dr. Thomas Cottier, Director of the World Trade Institute in Bern

Hubert Escaith, Chief Statistician at the WTO

Dr. Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor of Int. Political Economy at IMD and Senior Fellow at the Fung Global Institute (FGI)

Dr. Patrick Low, Former Chief Economist at the WTO

Wolf Meier-Ewert, Counsellor at World Trade Organization, Intellectual Property Division

William New, Counsellor at World Trade Organization, Intellectual Property Division

Mr. Luzius Wasescha, Former permanent representative of Switzerland at the WTO

Dr. Carlos A. Primo Braga, Director of the Evian Group and Former Worldbank Director for Economic Policy and Debt


 

2012 Speakers

 

Said El Hachimi, Counselor at the World Trade Organisation

Dr. Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute IHEID

Dr. Doaa Abdel Motaal, Former Deputy Chief of Staff at the WTO and Advisor to the WTO DG Pascal Lamy


 

2011 Speakers

 

Vesile Kulaçoğlu, Director of the Trade and Environment Division of the World Trade Organization

Said El Hachimi, Counselor at the World Trade Organisation

Dr. Thomas Cottier, Director of the World Trade Institute in Bern

Dr. Simon Evenett, Professor of Int. Trade & Director of the MBA at St. Gallen University, Coordinator of Global Trade Alert

Dr. Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration