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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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Nick Ashton-Hart

President of the Assembly
Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
Nick Ashton-Hart recently concluded several years as the senior Geneva-based full-time representative from the technology sector. He has participated in multilateral policy development since 1992 and international digital trade policy for the last several years. He’s presently a consultant advising Fortune 50 companies, UN member-state delegations, and on trade and development policy for the UN Conference on Trade and Development and is currently an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
He came to international relations from private-sector careers in the entertainment and ICT sectors; in the music industry he managed the careers of some of the world’s most successful and influential artists. He was elected twice to lead the Intenrational Music Managers Forum. In the private sector he went from systems administration to CIO/CTO enterprise management in just a few years.
He is a periodic writer for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Net Politics, on CircleID and on Twitter @nashtonhart.