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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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Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla

Head of Latin America and Caribbean Programme, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Senior Research Fellow

 Dr. Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics obtained from the Department of Economics at The Johns Hopkins University. He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute since april 2012, focusing on macroeconomic and trade issues related to food security and poverty at the global level and for Latin America and the Caribbean. Washington D.C.  He has more than 30 years of professional experience as an economist, working on development and poverty issues, including grass-root work, academic activities, consulting work, and positions of institutional leadership in international organizations and governments. Direct experience of community work with urban and rural poor groups in several developing countries. Resided and worked for extended periods in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Consultant and staff member with several international organizations: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), and World Bank. Long experience as advisor and consultant to governments in different developing countries on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation and food security programs. Extensive involvement in project preparation, financing, and implementation in developing countries, mainly on agricultural and rural development operations. Diplomatic and negotiating activities as senior diplomat for Argentina, working on agricultural trade issues in bilateral, regional, and multilateral negotiations. Member of the Board of Executive Directors of the IADB for almost nine years, occupying leadership positions as Chairman and Vice Chairman of several Board Committees responsible for the governance of the Bank, including the Ninth Capital replenishment (70 billion dollars) . Several books, articles, and other academic and policy-oriented publications on development, poverty, food security, trade and macroeconomic issues in developing countries. Teaching positions in Universities in Latin America and the United States. Member of different tasks forces on trade and development.