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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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David Weller

Head of Global Trade Policy

David Weller is Head of Global Trade Policy at Google based in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining Google, he was a partner at WilmerHale, where he advised technology and other clients regarding market access barriers, WTO disputes, and trade policy issues.  David previously served as Deputy Assistant USTR for China and USTR Assistant General Counsel.  He was USTR’s chief legal advisor on China trade issues and chief lawyer for negotiations of free trade agreements with Morocco and Bahrain.  He also represented the United States in WTO dispute settlement proceedings.

David has worked and lived in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam and is proficient in Mandarin.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, was notes editor of the Columbia Law Review, and clerked for the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.