Speakers

2020 Speakers

The Speakers for the Model WTO 2020 will be gradually announced before the beginning of the conference. A full list of the speakers may be expected to be uploaded around mid-March 2020.

2019 Speakers

  • Dr. Max Schweizer, Former Deputy Permanent Representative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the WTO, EFTA and UNCTAD
  • Ms. Anoush der Boghossian, Economic Affairs Officer, Gender Focal Point, Development Division, Aid for Trade Unit, WTO
  • Dr. Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director Centre for Trade and Economic Integration IHEID
  • Ms. Cheryl Spencer, Permanent representative to UN, Geneva and its specialized agencies
  • Mr. Thomas Pletscher, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Switzerland
  • Mr. Dennis Shea, Deputy United States Trade Representative and Chief of Mission to the WTO
  • Mr. Stefan Legge, postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in economics at the SIAW Institute of the University of St.Gallen and Global Future Council Fellow in the WEF
  • Mr. Bernard Kuiten, Head of External Relations WTO
  • Mr. Stephen de BoerCanada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO in Geneva
  • Mr. Peter van den Bossche, Member of the Appellate Body of the WTO and Professor of International Economic Law at Maastricht University
  • Prof. Dr. Gabrielle MarceauSenior Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO

2018 Speakers

  • Ambassador Hector Marcelo Cima of Argentina, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Office in Geneva
  • Mr. Pierre Sauvé, Senior Trade Specialist at the World Bank Group
  • Dr. Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director Centre for Trade and Economic Integration IHEID
  • Mr. Felipe Hees, Counselor at the Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization in Geneva
  • Mr. Thomas Pletscher, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Switzerland
  • Professor Simon J. Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development at the University of St. Gallen
  • Mr. Hamid Mamdouh, Former Director of the Trade in Services and Investment Division of the WTO
  • Mr. Bernard Kuiten, Head of External Relations WTO

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 and 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 Lam

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 and 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