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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Bernard Hoekman

Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI)
Professor and Director
Bernard Hoekman is the Director of the research strand “Global Economics: Multilateral Cooperation and Policy Spillovers”. He has held various senior positions at the World Bank, including Director of the International Trade Department and Research Manager in the Development Research Group. He has also worked as an economist in the GATT Secretariat and held visiting appointments at SciencesPo. He has published widely on trade policy and development, the global trading system, and trade in services. He is a graduate of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and a Senior Associate of the Cairo-based Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Turkey and Iran (Cairo). Other positions include Chairperson, Global Agenda Council on Logistics & Supply Chain Systems, World Economic Forum. His most recent book is The Political Economy of the World Trading System (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2009, co-authored with M. Kostecki).