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2017 Speakers

 


 

 

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Mr. Thomas Pletscher

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

Mr. Pletscher Presentation

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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Ms. Mina Mashayeki

Head of the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy at UNCTAD

Mina Mashayekhi heads the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy at UNCTAD. Previously she led the Division of International Trade at UNCTAD. She has held senior policy related and leadership positions at the UN and advised developing countries and emerging market leaders on the international trading system, multilateral and regional trade negotiations and joining the WTO as well as on trade policy and services sector policies. Her research and policy work has covered international trading system and global governance, services in trade and development as well as RTAs, dispute settlement, trade, employment and migration, intellectual property and trade related investment measures . She has founded the Global Services Forum which brings together business and government leaders to discuss 21st century services issues including education, health, financial, energy and digital trade and ICT services. She is widely respected and has published on international trade and development in leading journals and edited and contributed to various books.   Her latest publications and articles include Services, Trade and Development Services Regional Integration and Developing Countries, The Regulatory and Institutional aspects of Infrastructure Services, and Legal aspects of Trade in Agriculture: WTO Agreement on Agriculture and Preferential Trade Agreements. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences.  She sits on various task forces and boards.  She works closely with many universities and leading think tanks around the world. Ms Mashayekhi holds a BA in Political Science and Public Law from UCLA, an LLB from Cambridge University, and an LLM in International law from the London School  of Economics and Political Science.


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Ms. Marion Jansen

Chief Economist at the International Trade Center (ITC)

Ms. Jansen Presentation

Ms. Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of ITC and in this position responsible for the ITC’s flagship publication “SME Competitiveness Outlook”. She previously held senior positions in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labor Office (ILO). She worked in the private sector (economics consulting) before joining the WTO.  Her publications in the field of international trade and global governance cover the areas of standards and regulations in international trade, the employment effects of globalization, services trade, economic effects of migration and the use of economics in international economic law. Ms. Jansen holds a PhD in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and has lectured in different academic institutions on international economics, managerial economics and on the socio-economic impacts of globalization.


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Dr. Theresa Carpenter

Executive Director of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration

Dr. Carpenter Presentation

Dr. Theresa Carpenter is currently the Executive Director of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration. Her current work focuses on the economics of global and regional value chain production, on the link between financial markets and trade, and the impacts of the 2008-2009 global crisis. In previous work, she has covered issues including the implications of monetary and financial integration and other policy interventions for trade, FDI and competition, globalization and its impacts on labour demand and international competitiveness, trade in services, and estimates of trade openness and protectionism. Dr. Carpenter received her PhD in Economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva in 2006. Her prior experience includes almost a decade in management consultancy.


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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

Bernard Kuiten joined the World Trade Organization in 1999, and has been Head of External Relations since 2009. He coordinates relations with business, non-governmental organizations, parliamentarians and intergovernmental organizations and has a general oversight of protocol and diplomatic matters. His professional career started in 1990 at the ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. He represented the Netherlands in negotiations on shipbuilding, steel and trade in services at EU, OECD and WTO level, and was actively involved in the final years of the GATT Uruguay Round negotiations. From 1995 to 1997, he worked at the European Commission in Brussels, Directorate General for External Relations, negotiating trade in financial services, basic telecommunication services and audiovisual services. From 1997 to 1999, he was first secretary at the WTO Unit of the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands in Geneva, Switzerland. He overed various WTO files, including agriculture, investment and dispute settlement. Chairman of the WTO Working Party for State Trading Enterprises in 1999. Mr. Kuiten was also the Chair of the WTO Staff Council in 2008-2009, as well as being a member (and former President) of the International Geneva Council of the Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS). Additionally, he has become a member of the Advisory Board of the Model WTO.


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Mr. 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.


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Mr. Remigi Winzap

Chief Negotiator Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) at Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

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Currently, Remigi Winzap is the Swiss coordinator for trade policy issues “post-Brexit” between Switzerland and the UK at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Bern and Switzerland’s Chief Negotiator for the plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). From 2012 to 2016 Remigi Winzap was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the WTO and other international organizations (EFTA, ECE/UN, UNCTAD, ITC) in Geneva. In that function, he was also a Member of the Board of Directors of SECO. At the WTO, Ambassador Winzap chaired the Negotiating Group on Market Access for non-agricultural goods (NAMA) as well as negotiations on the Trade Facilitation Agreement, the first multilateral trade agreement successfully negotiated under the auspices of the WTO. Previously, he was head of the WTO division at SECO, Counsellor at the Swiss Mission to the EU in Brussels, head of SECO’s division for trade cooperation with developing countries, and a member of the diplomatic staff at the Swiss Embassy in Paris. Prior to joining the Swiss federal administration, he worked six years with Swiss Bank Corporation (today UBS) in Geneva, Basel and New York. Remigi Winzap holds a law degree from Geneva University and a post-graduate diploma in International Public Administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of France. He speaks fluently Romansh (native language), English, French, Spanish and German.


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Mr. Paolo Garzotti

Deputy Permanent representative of the European Union Mission to the WTO

Mr. Paolo Garzotti was appointed Deputy Permanent representative of the European Union Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva in September 2016. Following his studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento, he started his career in the European Commission in 1994 in the Directorate-General for Customs and Taxation. In 1998, Paolo Garzotti moved to Directorate-General for Trade. Before coming to Geneva, was in charge of the division (Head of Unit) dealing with multilateral affairs as well as the one responsible for coordinating trade policy with the Council and the European Parliament.


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Ambassador Alfredo Suescum

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Panama to the WTO

Ambassador Suescum is a lawyer by training, a diplomat, and consultant in international trade law and commercial diplomacy. His portfolio includes the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the International Standards Organization (ISO), and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). As Chairman of the TRIPS Council in the WTO (2013-2014), he facilitated the negotiations for the extension of the Least Developed Country exemption from TRIPS agreement obligations until 2021. At the request of the WTO General Council Chair, he coordinates the organization’s horizontal work program on electronic commerce. He chaired UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board, and the Paragraph 166 Advisory Committee in 2016.  In this capacity, he presided the Committee of the Whole of UNCTAD XIV in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Conference document negotiations. He has also been Chairman of the UNCTAD Commission on Trade and Development (2012-2013), chaired multi-year expert meetings, and coordinated the Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries prior to and during UNCTAD XIII.


 

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