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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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Felipe Sandoval

ICTSD
Senior Advisor, Trade Law and Negotiations
Geneva
Felipe is now ICTSD's Senior Advisor, Trade Law and Negotiations, having previously been a Lead Negotiator Trade in Services Agreement – TISA 2012-2017. In this capacity, Mr. Sandoval coordinated Chile´s team on a variety of topics ranging from electronic commerce financial services, and telecommunications, to overall negotiation strategies.Felipe's additional experience includes: Counsellor. Permanent Mission of Chile to the World Trade Organization (WTO) 2011- 2016. In this role his portfolio scope covered trade remedies, trade & environment and trade in services. He has served at the WTO as Chairperson to the Committee on Specific Commitments, and the Working Party on GATS Rules.Senior Legal Advisor. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. In this capacity, Mr. Sandoval served as a lead negotiator for the Chapter on Cross Border Trade in Services in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), and the Dispute Settlement Section of the Chile- China Bilateral Investment Agreement. Additionally, he has served as a negotiator on the bilateral free trade agreements between Chile and Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Australia, Japan, and the Pacific Four (New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore). Head of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Department. Responsible for the coordination of all Chile´s actions under APEC´s diverse subfora, and head of the Task Group behind the preparation of Ministerial level and Leader´s meetings. Mr. Sandoval holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of Chile, School of Law and an L.L.M. from the Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Sandoval speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.