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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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Tristram Travers

Global Trade Professionals Alliance
Technical Director

Tristram Travers is a consultant with over 30 years of management experience in both the public and private sectors, 20 of those in senior leadership positions. In the private sector he led corporate export businesses through high levels of growth and organisational change including twice leading the restructure of companies in financial distress to deliver viable entities. He has passion for developing strategies for business to commercialise ideas, build markets and drive scale.

He came to the public sector with 20 years of experience and understanding of the drivers of the commercial world. He has worked in Austrade in trade development roles both on-shore and off-shore before transitioning to the Department of Industry Innovation and Science. At the Department he led a dynamic team of business advisers providing strategic advice on innovation, international trade and investment, business strategy, R&D, continuous improvement and operational excellence to SMEs.