Deborah Elms is also the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Asia Business Trade Association and the Board Director of the Asian Trade Centre Foundation. She is also Vice Chair of the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA). She sits on the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance and is Chair of the Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Prior to that, she was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and Senior fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her current research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and E-commerce, Digital Trade and Global Value Chains.
Mark Wu is the Henry L. Stimson Professor at Harvard Law School. His research focuses on international trade law, including issues concerning digital trade, intellectual property, trade remedies, environment, and investment. At Harvard, he is a Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a member of the Asia Center. Previously, he served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he was the lead IP negotiator for several free trade agreements. Professor Wu currently serves on the Advisory Board of the WTO Chairs Programme, designed to enhance knowledge of the trading system among academics and policymakers in developing countries. He also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Trade and Investment. He worked previously as a World Bank economist and operations officer and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Following his undergraduate degree at Harvard, he received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his M.Sc. in development economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Mostafa Abid Khan is currently serving in Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC) as Member. He served in various capacity in the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in Geneva, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI), WTO, UNESCAP as well as in BTC. His areas of expertise are trade policies, trade negotiations, WTO, regional trading arrangement, UNCTAD and LDC issues. During last twenty-three years, he has been the key negotiator in the areas of bilateral trade talks, SAPTA, SAFTA, APTA, Trade Preferential System among OIC Countries, BIMSTEC FTA, WTO, UNCTAD and LDC plan of Action and was involved in drafting SAFTA, BIMSTEC FTA, APTA, SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services and some LDC-specific WTO submissions and WTO decisions. He attended all WTO Ministerial Conferences since Doha Ministerial as a member of Bangladesh delegation, UNCTAD XIII and XIV and mid-term review of IPoA for LDCs.
Paul Baker is the founder and CEO of International Economics Ltd. He has been team lead or lead economist for impact assessments of FTAs in Asia and Africa, and supported different governments in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean. He was an adviser in negotiations for Caribbean-EU EPA and WTO, SADC-EU EPA, COMESA-EU EPA Market Access, Ethiopia-EU EPA and WTO accession, Vietnam-EU FTA and WTO accession, Indonesia-EU FTA, and Pacific Island-EU Market Access. He was also the EPA negotiation expert for the ACP-EPA PMU in Brussels in 2005-6. He has been a lead economist for monitoring and evaluations of FTAs for the Pacific region, New Zealand, UK and Southern African region. He teaches economic modelling at various universities, including the University of Barcelona and College of Europe. Paul completed an MSc (Econ) in Economics from the University of London (SOAS), a Maîtrise in Financial Engineering from the University of Nantes (France) and completed Executive Programmes in Systems Dynamics, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics at MIT, and Computational Computing in Python at the University of California Berkeley.
Pierre Sauvé is a Senior Trade Specialist in the Geneva office of the World Bank’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice, where he leads the Bank’s work on trade governance with key stakeholder organizations in Geneva and Paris. Previously, he served as a faculty member and as Director of Studies and Director of External Programs and Academic Partnerships at the University of Bern's World Trade Institute (WTI), in Switzerland. He holds visiting professor appointments at the World Trade Institute and at the University of Barcelona, whose LL.M. program in international economic law and policy (IELPO) he advises. He held Visiting Professor appointments at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium in 2006-17 and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris, France and the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003-05. He served as a senior economist in the OECD Trade Directorate from 1993-2002, a period during which he also taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was appointed Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. (1998-2000). 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 (1991-93). He was previously a staff member of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in Geneva, Switzerland (1988-91) as well as the Bank for International Settlements, in Basel, Switzerland (1987-88). Mr. Sauvé was educated in economics and international relations at the Université du Québec à Montreal and Carleton University in Canada and at Cambridge and Oxford universities in the United Kingdom. He has advised the governments of a number of OECD and developing countries and served as a consultant to leading regional and multilateral agencies involved in trade, finance and development.
Sok Siphana is a practicing attorney and the Managing Partner at SokSiphana&Associates and a Member of Zicolaw. He is also serving as Senior Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia. Previously from 1999 to 2005, he served as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce, where he was instrumental in negotiating Cambodia’s accession to the World Trade Organization. From October 2005 to July 2009 he served as Director at the International Trade Center, a joint technical agency of UNCTAD and WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Sok is holder of a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Widener University School of Law in Delaware, United States (1992) and a Ph.D. from Bond University School of Law in Queensland, Australia (2009). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. on Comparative Laws with the Université de Paris II, Panthéon-Assas.