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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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Marion Jansen

International Trade Centre
Chief Economist

Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC), responsible for ITC’s flagship publication “SME Competitiveness Outlook” and the institution’s recent publications on e-commerce. She also oversees ITC’s work on export strategies.

Marion previously held senior positions at the World Trade Organization and the International Labor Office. She worked in the private sector before joining WTO.

Her publications in the field of international trade and global governance include volumes on the internationalization of financial services, and on trade and employment. Marion recently published the co-edited volume “The Use of Economics in International Trade and Investment Disputes” (Cambridge University Press, April 2017).

Marion holds a PhD in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and has lectured in different academic institutions on international economics, managerial economics, and on the socio-economic impacts of globalization.