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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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Konstantin Matthies


Konstantin Matthies is an Associate with AlphaBeta, a strategy and economics advisory business serving clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors globally. AlphaBeta helps clients to identify the forces shaping their markets and develop practical plans to create prosperity and wellbeing. Konstantin is a trained microeconomist and economic theorist focussed on digital economies, digital financial inclusion and disruptive technologies. He also heads AlphaBeta’s Data IP on sub-regional economic activity and

forecasting from Singapore.

Konstantin previously worked with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS Asia) in Singapore on economic development of energy markets and energy policy in Asia. He holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge as well as a BSc from UCL. During his PhD he worked extensively on both theoretical and applied topics as well as behavioural and experimental economics, with a focus on applying economic analysis to fields sometimes considered beyond the realm of economics, such as digital technologies or epidemiology.