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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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Matthias Helble

Asian Development Bank Institute
Senior Economist, Co-Chair, Research Department
Tokyo, Japan

Matthias Helble is Senior Economist and Co-Chair of the Research Department at ADBI. His research interests include international trade, health and climate change. His research has been published in prominent scientific journals, books and flagship reports of international organizations such as the WTO World Trade Report. His columns and policy work have been published and cited in prominent international media such as the Associate Press, AFP, BBC, Japan Times, Jakarta Post, Nikkei Asian Review, and VoxEU. He also teaches regularly at Hitotsubashi University, Keio University and the University of Tokyo. Matthias began his professional career in the trade team of the Development Research Group of the World Bank, before joining the WHO, where he was responsible for research on the intersection of trade and health. He then worked as an economist for the WTO in the areas of environment, climate change, and technical standards. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Tübingen (BA, MSc) in Germany, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA) in the United States, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (MSc, PhD) in Switzerland. During his PhD studies, he was a research fellow at Yale University.