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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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Philippe Isler

Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Director, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Philippe Isler is the Director for the Global Alliance For Trade Facilitation and is based at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Alliance aims at incubating and delivering trade facilitation projects from the bottom up by leveraging on funding and expertise from both donor countries and private sector companies working jointly. Philippe has been leading trade facilitation initiatives for the past 20 years in many parts of the world. In particular, he developed and deployed solutions aimed at digitising the supply chain processes in a number of developing countries through Public Private Partnership mechanisms. He also spent 10 years developing traceability solutions aimed at tracking consignments transiting through countries with harsh environments. Formerly Vice President at SGS Group leading Government and Institutions Business Development for Trade Community Systems, E-Government, Telecom Monitoring and Port/Customs Operations. He holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering, Bristol University.