World Trade Symposium
Global Visionaries and Experts
Simon ParisChief Executive Officer; Finastra. Chair, World Trade Board
Chief Executive Officer; Finastra. Chair, World Trade Board
As Chief Executive Officer, Simon has overall responsibility for Finastra including its strategic direction, growth and financial results.
Simon joined Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in June 2015, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He brings more than 20 years of sales, management and leadership expertise to the company. He came to Misys from SAP where his last role was President Industry Cloud. Formerly a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, Simon holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the INSEAD Business School in France and a Bachelor’s degree in Business & European languages from the European Business School.
Anabel GonzálezNon Resident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, former Costa...
Non Resident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, former Costa Rica Minister of Trade, World Bank, Senior Director of Trade & Competitiveness, and WTO Agriculture Director
For over 25 years, Ms. Gonzalez has promoted job creation and economic growth through international trade, regional integration, foreign investment and competitiveness. She also has extensive experience in management in government and at multilateral organizations. Most recently, as Senior Director of the World Bank Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness (2014-17), she led the Bank’s global positioning and operations in the areas of trade, investment climate, competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation. With her 500 people team, she directed projects for over $5.5 billion, in more than 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Previously, she held the position of Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (2010-14) where she led actions to join the OECD; negotiated and implemented six free trade agreements; enhanced the investment climate and contributed to the attraction of over 140 foreign direct investment projects; also had a lead role in Costa Rica's Competitiveness and Innovation Council, and acted as President of the Export Promotion Board. In her more than 15 years of service at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, she held several positions, including Ambassador and Chief Negotiator, Vice-minister, and Director General of Trade Negotiations. Ms. Gonzalez has also been Director of the WTO Agriculture Division, Senior Consultant on Trade and Integration at the Inter-American Development Bank, and Director-General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Board. She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Trade & Foreign Investment and of several boards. She has lectured in over 50 countries around the world and writes regularly on trade and competitiveness.
His Excellency Ambassador Alexandre Guido Lopes ParolaPermanent mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization and other economic...
His Excellency Ambassador Alexandre Guido Lopes Parola
Permanent mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization and other economic organizations in Geneva
Alexandre Guido Lopes Parola currently serves in the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other economic organizations in Geneva since October 2018. Previously, Ambassador Parola held positions in the Brazilian Government, including advisor at the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1991), the Cabinet of the Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning (1992) and at the Special Advisory to the Presidency of the Republic (1999); Spokesperson for the President of the Republic of Brazil (2002, 2016-2018); Director of the Economic Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015) and President of Brazil Communication Enterprise - EBC (2018). Ambassador Parola also worked in various positions abroad: Embassy in Washington (1993), Embassy in Santiago (1997), Mission of Brazil in Geneva (2006) and Embassy in London (2011). The Ambassador has extensive experience in trade negotiations and has held relevant positions as Head of Delegation to the Group of Economic and Trade Issues (BRICS) meetings in Moscow (2015). Ambassador Parola has been a diplomat since 1988, with a bachelors degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1985, a masters degree in Economics from the University of Brasília in 1991, a PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 2003 and a post doctorate in International Relations and Foreign Policy by the University of Oxford in 2003.
Jennifer HillmanProfessor, Georgetown University Law Center
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Jennifer A. Hillman is currently a professor of practice at the Georgetown Law Center, teaching the lead courses in international business and international trade, while serving as a fellow of Georgetown’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL). She recently published Legal Aspects of Brexit: Implications of the United Kingdom’s Decision to Withdraw from the European Union (IIEL 2017). Hillman has had a distinguished career in public service, both nationally and internationally. She recently completed her term as one of seven members from around the world serving on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body. She previously served for nine years as a commissioner at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), rendering decisions in more than six hundred investigations regarding injury to US industries caused by imports that were dumped or subsidized, along with making numerous decisions in cases involving alleged patent or trademark infringement. Before her appointment to the USITC, Hillman served as general counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), where she had previously been an ambassador and chief textiles negotiator. She also served as legislative director and counsel to US Senator Terry Sanford of North Carolina. Hillman formerly served as a partner in the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent, a senior transatlantic fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as president of the Trade Policy Forum and on the selection panel for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of visitors at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University .She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and Duke University.
Chad BownSenior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Chad P. Bown, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow since March 2018, joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics as a senior fellow in April 2016. His research examines international trade laws and institutions, trade negotiations, and trade disputes. With Soumaya Keynes, he co-hosts Trade Talks, a weekly podcast on the economics of international trade policy. Bown previously served as senior economist for international trade and investment in the White House on the Council of Economic Advisers and most recently as a lead economist at the World Bank, conducting research and advising developing country governments on international trade policy for seven years. Bown was a tenured professor of economics at Brandeis University, where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and International Business School for 12 years. He has also spent a year in residence as a visiting scholar in economic research at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat in Geneva. His work has been published in journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. Bown is author of the book Self-Enforcing Trade: Developing Countries and WTO Dispute Settlement (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), and coeditor, with Joost Pauwelyn, of The Law, Economics, and Politics of Retaliation in WTO Dispute Settlement (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Bown received a BA magna cum laude in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a member of the advisory board of the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.
Ambassador Alan Wm. WolffWTO Deputy Director-General
Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff
WTO Deputy Director-General
Alan Wolff became WTO Deputy Director General on October 1, 2017. He oversees the work of the WTO Divisions responsible for trade and the environment, agriculture, accessions information technology support, and translation, interpretation and publications. A substantial part of his responsibilities is public outreach, with speeches and other writings available at https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/archive_e/ddgra_arc_e.htm. He was formerly in private law practice dealing extensively with international trade matters. For the last six years prior to joining the WTO he also served as the Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC). Wolff served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations in the Carter Administration, Acting U.S. Trade Representative during the beginning of the Carter Administration and was General Counsel of the Office in the Ford Administration. He was Acting Head of the U.S. Delegation for a period during the Tokyo Round and was a principal draftsman of the basic U.S. law creating a mandate for trade negotiations. He has served as a senior trade negotiator in, and advisor to, both Republican and Democratic administrations. Prior to his service at USTR, he served in the U.S. Treasury as staff attorney for the National Advisory Committee on International Monetary and Financial Policy. He has lectured and written extensively on trade topics including the need for a strong, open rules-based multilateral trading system. He holds a JD degree from Columbia University and an AB degree from Harvard College.
Dr Huiyao WangFounder & President of Center for China and Globalization
Dr Huiyao Wang
Founder & President of Center for China and Globalization
Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG is the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the leading Chinese think tank that ranked among the top 100 think tanks in the word and No. 1 social think thank in China. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appointed Dr. Wang as a Counselor of China State Council, China’s cabinet. Dr.Wang is also Vice Chairman of China Association for International Economic Cooperation Association of the Ministry of Commerce and Chairman of China global Talent Society under Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. In addition, he is the Dean of Institute of Development Studies of China Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. He is also a Vice Chairman of China Western (Overseas) Returned Scholars Association.
Dr. Wang is a steering committee member of Paris Peace Forum initiated by French President Macron. He also sits on the Migration Advisory Board of International Organization of Migration (IOM) of United Nation. He is also a member of Yale University Asia Development Advisory Council and a member of Duke Kunshan University Advisory Council. In addition, he is a Steering Committee Member of Global Competent Council of Tsinghua University and also a steering committee member of Metropolis International Network. He is a also a Policy Fellow of IZA.
Dr. Wang served as an official with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade in charge of Chinese companies going global. He had also worked as Managing Director for Asia at SNC-Lavalin in Montreal and also served as Chief Trade Representative of Canada Quebec Government office in Hong Kong and greater China.
Dr. Wang pursued his PhD studies in International business and global management at University of Western Ontario and University of Manchester. He was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution as well as a Senior Fellow at Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He has taught at Peking University,Tsinghua University and University of Western Ontario as adjunct professor. He has published over 70 books and more than 100 articles and papers in both Chinese and English on global trade, global governance, global migration, China outbound and inbound investment, Chinese Diasporas and Chinese think tanks.
Dr. Phil LevyChief Economist at Flexport
Dr. Phil Levy
Chief Economist at Flexport
Dr. Phil Levy is Chief Economist at Flexport where he leads qualitative and quantitative economic research informed by public policy data and proprietary data. Dr. Levy's research informs the market on global trade trends and helps Flexport teams make product and business strategy decisions to best serve clients. Before Flexport, Dr. Levy spent two decades researching and forming global trade policy. Prior to joining Flexport, Dr. Levy served as Senior Fellow on the Global Economy at Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Adjunct Professor of Strategy at Northwestern Kellogg. Previously, Dr. Levy served on the President's Council of Economic Advisors as Senior Economist for Trade and as a member of the policy planning staff for the U.S. Department of State. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has written regularly for Forbes, The Hill, and Foreign Policy. He has also taught global economic policy and international trade at Georgetown, Columbia, the University of Virginia, and Yale. Phil holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Mark ShaylerFounding Partner of the Do Lectures
Founding Partner of the Do Lectures
Mark helps big companies think like small ones and small companies think like big ones. He works on innovation of products, services and business models; he works on sustainability and company purpose; and he coaches businesses and individuals. He has worked for Nike, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Hotpoint, Samsung, John Lewis, Fenwick, Teapigs, Bacardi, Diageo, Mars, Thorntons, 3M, Amazon, Panasonic and hundreds of funky little businesses like Propercorn, Teapigs, Hiut Denim, and Ugly Drinks. He is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and author of the book Do Disrupt. His new book Do Present is due out in 2020.
Ulrik Vestergaard KnudsenDeputy Secretary-General of the OECD
Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen
Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD
Mr. Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen took up his duties as Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in January 2019. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Science, Technology and Innovation, Trade and Agriculture, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs’, Regions & Cities.
Until the end of 2018, Mr. Knudsen was Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark. In this capacity, he has served numerous Danish Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation, Trade and European Affairs since 2013. Prior to this, he served as Sherpa and Chief Diplomatic Advisor to two Danish Prime Ministers on Security Policy, EU and Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mr. Knudsen was appointed Ambassador in 2006. He served as Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris (2008-2009). Prior to this, he was Press Officer and Principal Private Secretary to a number of Danish Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
Besides his diplomatic career, which includes postings in London (2003-2004), Washington (1998-2000) and Moscow (1997), he briefly served as Group Director for International Policy in Vodafone, London (2013).
He holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen (1994) , where he also acted as external lecturer, and he has published various papers and publications on Asia, WTO, trade policy and globalisation.