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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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Sahra English

Vice President, Global Public Policy
Sahra English is Vice President of Global Trade Policy at MasterCard. In this role, she is responsible for leading the company’s global trade agenda, and leading advocacy strategies for major trade negotiations, including TPP, TiSA, TTIP, and other investment treaties. Among her priorities on trade policy is to protect MasterCard’s interests globally, and promote electronic payments through developing policies that facilitate market access and reduce global distribution costs. English joined MasterCard in 2000.

Prior to her current role, she was chief of staff for both the Chief Product Officer and Chief Emerging Payments Officer, managing business administration, executive communication, and developing strategy. She has also held several positions of increasing responsibility in the global product and business development departments. Prior to joining MasterCard, she started her career at America Online (AOL) as a financial analyst.

She holds an M.A. in International Political Economy & Development (IPED) from Fordham University, and a B.A. in Finance from Pace University.