DR. ALEXANDER BARKAWI, FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SAM INDEXES AND THE DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDEXES, SWITZERLAND
Dr. Alexander Barkawi has worked in finance and sustainability as Managing Director of SAM Indexes until 2009. Today, he is preparing for a move into policymaking and sustainability. In his role at SAM, he was responsible for worldwide marketing, sales and licensing as well as media and public relations for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and other indexes compiled by SAM – one of the first companies to specialize in sustainability investments.
He studied economics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, followed by a Ph.D. at the university's Institute of Sociology. He remains connected to the academic world as president of the oikos foundation – an organization that supports the integration of sustainability issues into teaching and research at faculties for economics and management worldwide.
Patricia Francis, an award-winning leader and business facilitator, joined the International Trade Centre as Executive Director in June 2006.
During her tenure at ITC the annual project implementation has moved from US$ 25.3 million to US$40 million with larger, multi-year, multi stakeholder programmes now representing more than 50% of the portfolio.
This has been the result of a change management process which has instilled a strategic planning and reporting cycle, mainstreamed MDG programmes for gender, environment and poverty and introduced results based management principles. The profile of the organization has been improved with a new brand identity and values, and information outreach has been increased through the launch of a new website and upgrading of the Trade Forum, corporate events and the publications programme.
ITC now has a better understanding of its clients through the first ever ITC client survey, and partnerships have been strengthened through active participation in the WTO’s Aid for Trade and the One UN initiative which seek to achieve greater coherence among international and regional trade related organizations. ITC has also conducted a major study of programme support functions to streamline processes, and is reviewing financial administration systems to ensure greater efficiencies in the organizations operations.
Ms Francis came to ITC from Jamaica Trade and Invest, where she served as President since 1995 to mid 2006. She was a member of Jamaica’s Cabinet Committee for Development and during her tenure Jamaica attracted more than US$ 5 billion in foreign direct investment. She served twice as President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, has chaired Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Caribbean Rim Investment Initiative as well as the China-Caribbean Business Council, and is on the advisory boards of IESE graduate business school.
She has received awards from the Washington D.C. based Caribbean-Central American Action Council and from the King of Spain for her leadership and support for investment and business advocacy. In 2010 she was nominated to become a member of the Eminent Persons Group for the Commonwealth Secretariat, a group created to undertake an examination of options for reform in order to bring the Commonwealth’s many institutions into a stronger and more effective framework of co-operation and partnership.
Pascal Lamy has been the Director-General of the World Trade Organization since September 2005.
Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection Générale des finances and at the Treasury. He then became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy.
In Brussels from 1985 to 1994, Mr. Lamy was Chief of staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7. In November 1994, he joined the team in charge of rescuing Credit Lyonnais, and later became CEO of the bank until its privatisation in 1999.
Between 1999 and 2004, Pascal Lamy was Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission under Romano Prodi.
After his tenure in Brussels, he spent a short sabbatical period as President of “Notre Europe”, a think tank working on European integration, as associate Professor at the l’Institut d’études politiques in Paris and as advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (President of the European Socialist Party).
Dr. Panitchpakdi Supachai began his second four-year term as Secretary-General of UNCTAD in September 2009, following his unanimous confirmation by the UN General Assembly.
Dr. Supachai attended school in his native Bangkok at St. Gabriel's College and Triam Udom School. He received his Master's Degree in Econometrics, Development Planning and his Ph.D. in Economic Planning and Development at the Netherlands School of Economics (now known as Erasmus University) in Rotterdam.
In 1973, Dr. Supachai completed his doctoral dissertation on Human Resource Planning and Development under the supervision of Prof. Jan Tinbergen, the first Nobel laureate in economics.
Dr. Supachai began his professional career at the Bank of Thailand.
In 1986, he was elected to the Thai Parliament and appointed Deputy Minister of Finance. In 1988, he was appointed Director and Advisor, and subsequently President, of the Thai Military Bank.
Dr. Supachai became Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand in 1992, entrusted with oversight of the country's economic and trade policy-making. In this role, he was actively involved in international trade policy and represented Thailand at the signing ceremony in Marrakech of the Uruguay Round Agreement in 1994. He was also active in shaping regional agreements, including Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).
In 2001, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne. He has published a number of books, including Globalization and Trade in the New Millennium (2001) and China and WTO: Changing China, Changing World Trade (2002, co-authored with Mark Clifford).
Dr. Supachai also served as Director-General of the World Trade Organization from September 2002 to August 2005.
LUZIUS WASESCHA, AMBASSADOR, STATE SECRETARIAT FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SWITZERLAND TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION, SWITZERLAND
Luzius Wasescha is Ambassador, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Amb. Wasescha is Delegate of the Swiss Government for Trade Agreements, member of the board of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). He is head of the Swiss negotiating team in WTO in several free trade negotiations (Japan, Ukraine, Russia). He is presently Chair of the NAMA negotiations (WTO) in the Doha Round.
From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Wasescha served as the chairman of the Trade Committee of OECD. He has been involved in defining the strategy and coordination of WTO Affairs in the Swiss Government. He was also head of the Swiss Delegation to the Energy Charter Treaty from 1997 to 1999. He has been Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Economic Commission for Europe of the UN (1982-1983) and in this capacity co-ordinator of the Western Caucus at the technical level and then for GATT (1983-1987).
Ambassador Wasescha has a Ph.D. in law. He has been involved in defining the strategy and coordination of WTO Affairs in the Swiss Government and was the initiator i.a. of the Swiss project of special training courses for countries in transition.
RAMONJAVELO, HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE MADAGASCAR TRAVEL AGENTS ASSOCIATION –
TEMPORARY TECHNICAL ADVISOR OF THE MADAGASCAN MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND
Patrick Ramonjavelo is
Honorary President of Malagasy Travel Agencies Association since December 2010
He is also the technical advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts of
Madagascar since June 2009.
Together with those
appointments, he works for Amadeus France as Air Product Manager in
the Marketing department since August 2006. He was the project manager of the
100% electronic ticket for the French market.
Previously, he has
held various positions such as Area Sales Manager in a French MRO (Maintenance
Repair Organisation), Research Officer in competitive intelligence for Air
France, junior Project Manager of the Air France-KLM merger or research analyst
in the 4th and 5th freedom air to African routes for
Mr. Ramonjavelo obtained
a Graduate Diploma (DESS) in Law, Economics and Management of Air Transport in Aix-Marseille3
in 2002 (http://www.ifurta.fr/) . In 2005,
he obtained a Master in Strategy and Diplomacy from the Centre d’Etudes
Diplomatiques et Stratégiques de Paris (http://www.ceds.fr/
DAVID EADES, PRESENTER, BBC WORLD NEWS
David Eades became a presenter on BBC World News in 2003 after a decade as a frontline news correspondent for BBC television and BBC radio. As well as presenting the news daily, David focuses on major sporting events and European stories, providing live coverage of events from the World Cup to key EU summits.
David was the BBC’s Europe Correspondent for five years from 1994, covering stories from the Bosnian war to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as all the main developments of the European Union. He travelled widely from Eastern to Western Europe, but also had the opportunity to extend his global reporting on stories from Russia and China.
David moved to Belfast as Ireland Correspondent in 1999, reporting on a critical period in the evolution of the Good Friday Agreement. He moved back to London in 2001 to take up the post of senior sports news correspondent.
David began his career in print journalism working on the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, and he continues to write articles on sport and European politics for a variety of publications.
A keen sportsman, David enjoys golf, tennis and running. He is a keen Francophile and studied at the University of Bristol, where he gained a joint honours MA degree in French and Politics.