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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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Hector Torres

Centre for International Governance Innovation
Executive Director

Hector Torres, former Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. He served at the IMF’s Executive Board for two different constituencies of Fund Members. Twice for the constituency led by his own country (Argentina 2004-2008 and 2016- 2017) and once for that led by Brazil (2013-2015). He also worked at the World Trade Organization as legal counsel to Appellate Body Members, the WTO’s Task Force on the Financial Crisis and more recently was counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division (2015-2016). He is a trained lawyer with knowledge in macro-economics and finance and a professional diplomat. He has post-graduate studies in international economic law and several publications on international economic matters and experience in dispute adjudication. Hector is currently Senior Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation (Canada); Member of the “High-Level Board of Experts on the Future of Global Trade Governance” (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany) and advisor to Argentina on WTO & G20 matters.