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Launch of the e-Trade for All Initiative
Monday, 18 July
18:00-19:30, KICC Amphitheatre room



Overview Launch of the e-Trade for All Initiativehttp://unctad14.org/Documents/U14dtl_eTradeForAll_Overview_en.pdfOverview Launch of the e-Trade for All Initiative2016-07-15T00:00:00.0000000ZGP0|#d6678fa0-ceda-4103-be9a-fc18c51e7c20;L0|#0d6678fa0-ceda-4103-be9a-fc18c51e7c20|Event Document;GTSet|#60bbd025-61a4-47d0-918b-4c2a51f9bd7aGP0|#493b14a8-b938-4ca5-9e40-302650b335af;L0|#0493b14a8-b938-4ca5-9e40-302650b335af|English;GTSet|#97fc69a2-c2a5-49bc-89dc-ef067f469a79
New initiative to help developing countries grasp $22 trillion e-commerce opportunityhttp://unctad14.org/Documents/U14_PR_2016_002_eTrade_En.pdfNew initiative to help developing countries grasp $22 trillion e-commerce opportunity2016-07-18T00:00:00.0000000ZUNCTAD/PRESS/U14/PR/2016/002GP0|#6bab51d3-3536-4c89-8e6c-0c2461e6c77c;L0|#06bab51d3-3536-4c89-8e6c-0c2461e6c77c|Press Release;GTSet|#60bbd025-61a4-47d0-918b-4c2a51f9bd7aGP0|#493b14a8-b938-4ca5-9e40-302650b335af;L0|#0493b14a8-b938-4ca5-9e40-302650b335af|English;GTSet|#97fc69a2-c2a5-49bc-89dc-ef067f469a79
E-commerce opens new opportunities for developing countrieshttp://unctad14.org/Documents/U14_IN_2016_011_Ecommerce_En.pdfE-commerce opens new opportunities for developing countries2016-07-01T00:00:00.0000000ZUNCTAD/PRESS/U14/IN/2016/011GP0|#ed0c6728-983d-4529-bb7e-e0bbe8a99b2d;L0|#0ed0c6728-983d-4529-bb7e-e0bbe8a99b2d|Information Note;GTSet|#60bbd025-61a4-47d0-918b-4c2a51f9bd7aGP0|#493b14a8-b938-4ca5-9e40-302650b335af;L0|#0493b14a8-b938-4ca5-9e40-302650b335af|English;GTSet|#97fc69a2-c2a5-49bc-89dc-ef067f469a79
Programme Official Launch of eTrade for Allhttp://unctad14.org/Documents/U14dtl_eTradeForAll_Programme_en.pdfProgramme Official Launch of eTrade for All2016-07-15T00:00:00.0000000ZGP0|#d6678fa0-ceda-4103-be9a-fc18c51e7c20;L0|#0d6678fa0-ceda-4103-be9a-fc18c51e7c20|Event Document;GTSet|#60bbd025-61a4-47d0-918b-4c2a51f9bd7aGP0|#493b14a8-b938-4ca5-9e40-302650b335af;L0|#0493b14a8-b938-4ca5-9e40-302650b335af|English;GTSet|#97fc69a2-c2a5-49bc-89dc-ef067f469a79
Le commerce électronique offre aux pays en developpement des opportunites d'accroitre leur productivitehttp://unctad14.org/Documents/U14_IN_2016_011_ECommerce_fr.pdfLe commerce électronique offre aux pays en developpement des opportunites d'accroitre leur productivite2016-07-01T00:00:00.0000000ZUNCTAD/PRESS/U14/IN/2016/011GP0|#ed0c6728-983d-4529-bb7e-e0bbe8a99b2d;L0|#0ed0c6728-983d-4529-bb7e-e0bbe8a99b2d|Information Note;GTSet|#60bbd025-61a4-47d0-918b-4c2a51f9bd7aGP0|#27116d42-81f1-4f77-8ba8-06ae2639a64a;L0|#027116d42-81f1-4f77-8ba8-06ae2639a64a|Français;GTSet|#97fc69a2-c2a5-49bc-89dc-ef067f469a79
El comercio electrónico ofrece nuevas oportunidades a los países en desarrollohttp://unctad14.org/Documents/U14_IN_2016_011_Ecommerce_Sp.pdfEl comercio electrónico ofrece nuevas oportunidades a los países en desarrollo2016-07-01T00:00:00.0000000ZUNCTAD/PRESS/U14/IN/2016/011GP0|#ed0c6728-983d-4529-bb7e-e0bbe8a99b2d;L0|#0ed0c6728-983d-4529-bb7e-e0bbe8a99b2d|Information Note;GTSet|#60bbd025-61a4-47d0-918b-4c2a51f9bd7aGP0|#15243b69-7d6f-4d00-8ecd-44cdf9a54e4f;L0|#015243b69-7d6f-4d00-8ecd-44cdf9a54e4f|Español;GTSet|#97fc69a2-c2a5-49bc-89dc-ef067f469a79

Abalkhail Waleed

Waleed Abalkhail

Chairman and Managing Director
TradekeySaudi Arabia

​Waleed Abalkhail is the founder and Chairman of TradeKey.com, a major international online B2B marketplace that connects buyers and sellers, with more than 8.5 Million registered corporate users from 240 countries. Mr. Abalkhail has been recognized as a Visionary Investor and a First-Generation Entrepreneur for his business acumen, leadership and strategic thinking. Mr. Abalkhail also serves as Chairman of The Edcomm Group Banker’s Academy, a 25 year old US based training company that provides E-Learning and Instructor Led Training to more than 2500 clients globally.

Adhikari Ratnakar

Ratnakar Adhikari

Executive Director
Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat

​Mr. Ratnakar Adhikari is the Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat. Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a Kathmandu-based regional think tank. Previously he served, among others, as a Senior Adviser to the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, and Trade Programme Specialist for the UNDP, Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mr. Adhikari has conducted extensive research in the areas of international trade particularly from the perspective of LDCs.

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Agah Yonov Frederick

Yonov Frederick Agah

Deputy Director-General

​Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria's Ambassador to the WTO in 2005. In that capacity, he served as the Alternate Chief Negotiator for the Doha Round and Head of Nigeria's Trade Office to the WTO in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The Trade Office is responsible for Nigeria's participation in Geneva-based trade-related international organizations, particularly the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the International Trade Centre and the WTO.

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Borglin Jonas

Jonas Borglin

International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR)Sweden

​Jonas Borglin is the CEO of NIR since October 2013. Mr. Borglin’s background is within marketing, consulting and business development within both Nordics, EMEA and Asia/Australia. He has previously held various positions at American Express and has successfully developed a global consultancy service within the company. As a leader, Mr. Borglin is curious to find improvements and growth opportunities within businesses and partners as well as within individuals and takes pride in motivating his surrounding to perform better. Mr. Borglin dedicated one year for his passion for photography and visual communication.

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Bramble Nicholas

Nicholas Bramble

Senior Policy Specialist
Googlethe United States of America

​Nicholas Bramble is Public Policy Manager for Trade and International Relations at Google. Before joining Google, he served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow with the U.S. Treasury Department and a lecturer at Yale Law School on intellectual property and telecommunications law. Mr. Bramble holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.

Bromander Erik

Erik Bromander

State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure
Ministry of Enterprise and InnovationSweden

​Erik Bromander is State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure, in the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, since 2014 and his duties include planning and coordination. Prior to that position, he worked for 8 years in various Government positions including dealing with transport and traffic issues. He has a Master’s degree in business from Stockholm University.

Ceccarelli Maria Rosaria

Maria Rosaria  Ceccarelli

Acting Chief, Trade Facilitation Section, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division

​Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli has 18 years of experience in Trade and Transport Facilitation at UNECE where she is the Acting Chief of the Trade Facilitation Section, responsible for Trade Facilitation, the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and related issues. She manages a group of some 300 experts working on Trade Facilitation and electronic Business projects to produce Trade Facilitation Recommendations and electronic business standards, which can foster growth in international trade and related services. In her former position in the UNECE’s Transport Division, she provided training and advisory services to promote the development of border-crossing and transport facilitation. Ms. Ceccarelli holds a PHD in Transport Policy and Economics and a Master in Political Science and International Tax Law.

Crosby Daniel

Daniel Crosby

Office Managing Partner
King and SpaldingSwitzerland

​Daniel Crosby is the Managing Partner of King & Spalding’s Geneva office and has worked in the area of international trade and WTO law for over 20 years, and has practiced in Switzerland since 2000. He assists sovereign and commercial clients to achieve practical economic and business objectives by applying international trade and investment rules. Mr. Crosby has assisted several governments with accession negotiations and trade disputes, and counsels global companies on the application of WTO rules to improve access to global markets for goods and services and to defend their interests in trade remedy investigations. He also has particular expertise in WTO issues related to the energy and petrochemical sectors, and on the transition economies and the Middle East. Mr. Crosby obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, in 1999.

Diagne Ibrahima

Ibrahima Diagne

African Alliance for E-CommerceSenegal

​M. Ibrahima Nour Eddine Diagne is the Managing Director of GAINDE 2000, the Chairman of the African Alliance for E Commerce (AAEC) and the Rapporteur of Africa of the UNCEFACT since 2006. Mr. DIAGNE has 20 years in depth experience on trade facilitation and paperless trade. Prior to joining GAINDE 2000, he was the Director of e-business at Trade Point Senegal. Ibrahima led the inception and implementation of the Senegalese single window from 1995 to 2002, and led the AAEC's single window Guide that groups 17 countries in Africa. Mr Diagne holds a B.Sc, MBA and M.Sc from HEC Montreal and HEC Paris.

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González Arancha

Arancha González

Executive Director

​Ms. Arancha González is an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience; serving as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013. Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations. Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO's Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy's representative at the G-20. Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner. Ms. González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. She served as an associate at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, a major German law firm, in Brussels. Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid.

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Kairamo Päivi

Päivi Kairamo

Ambassador and Permanent Representative Permanent
Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in GenevaFinland

​Ambassador Kairamo was appointed Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva in July 2012. Prior to that, she served at the UN and Global Affairs Unit of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. She previously held different positions within the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland, both as Secretary General and Chief of the President’s Cabinet, and as Diplomatic Adviser and Member of the Cabinet. Ambassador Kairamo also served as Administrator of the European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs from 2000 to 2005 and Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the European Union from 1998 to 2000. She obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1990.

Khan Khurram Dastgir

Khurram Dastgir Khan

Federal Minister for Commerce
Ministry of CommercePakistan

​Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has revitalized Pakistan’s trade diplomacy. He spearheaded the successful campaign to obtain European Union’s GSP+ trade preferences for Pakistan and is currently leading the drive to invigorate Pakistan’s regional trade. Under his stewardship, the Ministry of Commerce has revamped national trade defence laws, obtained approval for Pakistan’s accession to TIR convention, and has commenced effective institutional reforms. Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan was trained as an engineer at California Institute of Technology and also holds a degree in Economics from Bowdoin College, both in the United States. He is a Life Member of Pakistan Engineering Council.

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Korjus Kaspar

Kaspar Korjus

e-Residency Managing Director
Government of Estonia

​Kaspar Korjus is the Managing Director of e-Residency in the Government of Estonia. Mr. Korjus leads a team of eight that is working to build a digital society of 10 million e-Estonians by 2025. After earning a BSc and MSc in e-Business from Lancaster University, Mr. Korjus was invited back to Estonia by the president's prestigious "Bring Talent Home" program. In 2015 he was listed as #1 on the Forbes Estonia’s 30 Under 30 in Technology and Finance list.

Lee Tae Ho

Tae Ho Lee

Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairsthe Republic of Korea

​Mr. Taeho LEE is Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Prior to his appointment at this position in March 2015, he served as Korean Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco for three years. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982, Mr. Lee was engaged mostly in economic diplomacy and trade negotiations throughout his career. He worked for the Minister for Trade as his Special Assistant and served as Director-General for Multilateral Trade and FTA Policy. He also worked in various Korean overseas missions, which include the Korean Embassies in United States, Czech Republic and Bangladesh and the Korean Delegation to the OECD in France.

Masinde Catherine

Catherine  Masinde

Manager East Africa Region Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice
World Bank GroupKenya

​Catherine Masinde is the Practice Manager of the East Africa Region in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank group. She joined the World Bank in 2005 and has since served as Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Principal Operations Officer, Head of Investment Climate Advisory at the IFC covering East and Southern Africa, and as Head of the Trade and Competitiveness Advisory Program in East Africa. Before the World Bank, she was Private Sector Advisor at the UK’s Department for International Development in East Africa, Professor of Business and Management at the University of Nairobi, and a researcher on enterprise and private sector development issues. Catherine is a graduate of Durham Business School in the UK.

Matendo Fernand

Fernand Matendo

CEO and Co-Founder

​Mr. Matendo Fernand is CEO & Co-founder of Burundi Shop, the first E-commerce Company in Burundi. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the National Commission on E-commerce. Before, he was the Head of the Burundi Internet Global Applications Network (BIGAN). Since 2003, He has led several projects in the field of ICT, crossborder transport and logistics. He is particularly recognized for his great contribution in developing e-commerce strategies tailored to the local context and the legal framework. Thanks to his good knowledge of local and regional business environment, he succeeded in building strategic partnerships between local and foreign actors.

Matthews Mark

Mark Matthews

Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom in GenevaSwitzerland

​Mark Matthews is an Arabist who has combined multilateral work (in Brussels, The Hague and now Geneva) with postings to the Middle East (Libya and the United Arab Emirates). Immediately prior to Geneva, Mr. Matthews was Deputy Head of Iran Department in the FCO, working on the Iranian nuclear issue and the UK relationship with Iran.

He was Deputy Special Representative to the National Transitional Council in Libya in late 2011; and Deputy Ambassador to Libya from 2007 to 2010. He was UK Alternate Representative to the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague from 2003 to 2007. He was Foreign Office Spokesperson for the Middle East and North Africa from 2000 to 2003.

Melin Hanne

Hanne Melin

Director, Global Public Policy
eBay Inc.Switzerland

​Hanne Melin leads eBay’s Public Policy Lab for the EMEA region (http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/lab). Ms. Melin is a member of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship, and represents eBay as a member of the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group. Before joining eBay, Ms. Melin was an associate at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP based in Brussels, practising competition law for five years. Ms. Melin holds a Master in International Business Law from King’s College London, she is a guest lecturer at the law faculty of Lund University (Sweden).

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Molins Ayuso Pere

Pere Molins Ayuso

Business Development Associate
Impact EnterprisesZambia

​Pere Molins a Business Development Associate at Impact Enterprises. He graduated from ETH Zurich with a mechanical engineering degree and has since expanded his education at Stanford University and the University of Bristol, where he also worked as a Visiting Researcher for a public-private research partnership. He also worked for a Swiss startup at the Impact Hub Zurich and has done consulting work in Rwanda.

Mora Alexander

Alexander Mora

Minister of Foreign Trade
Costa Rica

​Alexander Mora was appointed Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica on May 8 2014. As Foreign Trade Minister, Mr. Mora oversees Costa Rica´s foreign trade and investment portfolios, as well as the relationship with multilateral organizations like the WTO, OECD, SIECA, among others.

Mr. Mora has extensive experience in trade, banking and digital technologies. Firstly, as a successful entrepreneur in the digital technologies, telecommunications and corporate services areas, with over 25 years of experience. Secondly, as representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, as member of the Foreign Trade Advisory Council, the National Commission on Information Technologies and Communication and the National Commission on Competitiveness. Also as President and Vice-President of the Costa Rican Chamber and Latin American Federation of Information and Communication Technologies, the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters and as President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of several banks, insurance brokers and investment management funds.

Mr. Mora has a degree in Economics and holds an MBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Costa Rica.

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Mujica Sergio

Sergio Mujica

Deputy Secretary-General
World Customs OrganizationBelgium

​Sergio Mujica has been Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) since 1 January 2010. Before joining the WCO, Mr. Mujica was the Director General of Customs in Chile. Before 2006, he held various Government positions as National Director of the National Fisheries Service, Member of the Board of Directors for several public companies, Chief Lawyer for the National Forestry Agency, and Legislative Consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture. Mr. Mujica has a degree in law from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a master's degree in international law (LL.M.) from the American University in Washington DC.

Mutuma Andrew

Andrew Mutuma

Country Manager
DHL ExpressKenya

​Andrew Mutuma has worked for over 17 years in various business sectors, which include International Logistics, Interior Design, Non- governmental, telecommunications and banking. He specifically has worked with ExxonMobil in the Kenya Oil Industry and has had extensive hands on experience in Business Development. Further, he has a wealth of experience in General Management, Sales and Marketing. He is currently the Managing Director of DHL Express Kenya. He is a former Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Kenya Branch, and is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

Ozsar Kumcu Berna

Berna Ozsar Kumcu

Secretary General
Wold SME ForumTurkey

​Berna Ozsar Kumcu is the Secretary General of the World SME Forum (WSF). Reporting directly to the CEO, she shapes and scales the WSF’s agenda, staff, partnerships and collaborations. Prior to joining the WSF, Ms. Ozsar Kumcu worked in the insurance sector, as the Deputy Director of SEGEM, Turkey’s leading insurance training organization and the EU & IR Coordinator of the Turkish Insurance Association. Ms. Ozsar Kumcu completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University. As a Jean Monnet scholar, she received her LL.M. degree in EU Law from the University of Nottingham and her Ph.D. degree from the Marmara University.

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Pan  Sorasak

Sorasak Pan

Minister of Commerce
Ministry of CommerceCambodia

​Sorasak Pan is the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Government of Cambodia responsible for international co-operation for trade and the implementation of trade sector-wide approaches (Trade SWAp) policy. He is the national focal person for the Enhanced Integrated Framework and in charge of Trade Development in the Sub-Steering Committee for Trade Development and Trade-Related Investment. He is the Vice Chairman of the National Committee for the development triangle between Laos and Vietnam. He leads the drafting of an e-Commerce law. Prior to this , Mr. Pan occupied the same position at the Offices of the Council of Ministers/Prime Minister’s Office, and was the Chief Technical Consultant to the National Election Commission on electoral processes during the election of 1998.

Stiegeler Leonard

Leonard Stiegeler

General Manager
Ringier AfricaSwitzerland

​Leonard Stiegeler has been the General Manager of Swiss Ringier Africa AG since 2016 - leading the company's operations in classifieds, e-commerce, content and its digital agency on the continent. Brands belonging to the group are among others Pulse, Jobberman, Cheki, DealDey, Brighter Monday, Private Property and Rupu and it is active in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his work with Ringier since 2013, Mr. Stiegeler helped to establish Rocket Internet and other German investors in Africa.

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Stone Susan

Susan Stone

Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)Thailand

​Susan Stone is a Director, ESCAP Trade, Investment and Innovation Division. Previously, she served as Senior Trade Policy Analyst in the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Development Bank Institute and Research Manager at the Australian Productivity Commission. Her main research activities have centered on trade and its interaction with various economic outcomes, most recently, on employment, especially trade along global value chains. She has also studied the relationship between trade and transport, poverty reduction, and environmental outcomes. She has a PhD in Economics from Drexel University, USA.

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Sun Gerald

Gerald  Sun

VP Business Development, Trade and Industry, Asia Pacific

​Gerald Sun leads MasterCard’s global trade digitization efforts and is also responsible for MasterCard's public sector commercial solutions in Asia Pacific. In his prior role heading commercial solution sales at MasterCard, he doubled the business in 3 years and sustained share growth. He has more than 10 years of experience in helping large organizations digitize how they collect & pay; for example, he pioneered Singapore Airlines eCommerce business. He has held various sales, marketing and product roles across Finance, Manufacturing & Travel. He continues to work with some of the largest companies in Asia Pacific and their partners on improving their working capital and operations through innovation in payables & receivables. Mr. Sun has a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management (Finance & Logistics), Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Engineering (Operations Research & Industrial Engineering) from Cornell University, NY, USA.

Suominen Kati

Kati  Suominen

Founder and CEO
Nextrade Group and of TradeUp Capital Fundthe United States of America

​Founder and CEO of an international trade research firm Nextrade Group, LLC and TradeUp Capital Fund, a digital financing platform for globalizing, export-driven companies. She is also Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading Washington, D.C. think-tank. She has expertise in international trade, trade and development, digitization, and finance, and has published nine books, five of which are about regional trade agreements. She previously served as Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (2010-2012) and Trade Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (2003-2010). She has collaborated in media as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BBC, CSPAN, CNN, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, AFP, Politico, USA Today, Time, US News and World Report, Global Journal and Los Angeles Business Journal. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Assembly’s Next Generation Fellow.

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Suzuki Toshiro

Toshiro Suzuki

Ambassador for International Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan

​Ambassador Suzuki graduated from the Faculty of law, University of Tokyo (LLB), in 1977. Since then, he has had a long and distinguished career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan. His more recent appointment in 2015 was as representative of the Government of Japan for Free Trade and Economic Partnership Agreements Negotiations. His postings abroad have included serving as Ambassador in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Counsellor in the Embassy of Japan in the United States. At home, he has fulfilled the duties of Director at the Foreign Service Training Institute, the MOFA Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, its Financial Affairs Division, Overseas Establishments Division, First Middle and Near Eastern Division, and the Developing Economies Division. In 2006 he was appointed Councilor for Security Affairs and Crisis Management in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office.