Panellists and Discussants
 
 

 Round Table I

 
Deborah James
Ms. Deborah James
Director International Programs,Center For Economic and Policy Research, United States of America
 
Deborah James has over a dozen years of expertise working on issues of trade and democratic global governance. At CEPR, her work focuses on the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and US policy towards Latin America. Prior to CEPR, she was the Director of the WTO Program of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she worked to inform civil society and governments worldwide about the potential impacts of the WTO's proposed Doha Round expansion. She was also the Global Economy Director of Global Exchange, where she did similar work around the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. She has written numerous articles and makes regular media appearances in English and Spanish on these issues, and has appeared on CNN en Español, Voice of America, CNN International, and the O'Reilly Factor, among other news outlets. She graduated cum laude in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of California at San Diego, and holds a Masters in International Policy and Planning from the George Washington University.
 
Supachai Panitchpakdi
Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Thailand
 
Supachai Panitchpakdi's career started off as an officer of the Bank of Thailand, and has served as Thailand's Deputy Finance Minister, Commerce Minister, and twice as Deputy Prime Minister. In between he was for some years president of a commercial bank, and chairman of several private corporations including an international insurance company. His international career is noteworthy for the fact that he is the first representative of a developing country to be appointed Director General of the World Trade Organisation (2002-2005) followed by two terms as Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2005-2013). At present he is a board member of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, a founding member of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation, and recently appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve on the High Level Panel of Experts on Re-costing.
 
Guy Ryder
Mr. Guy Ryder
Director General of International Labour Organization
 
Guy Ryder assumed office as the ILO's 10th Director-General in October 2012. Guided by a strong commitment to social justice and as an active practitioner of tripartism, he has consistently reached out to secure consensus in diverse contexts. Mr. Ryder has served in senior positions in the ILO, including as Director, Office of the Director-General (1999-2002) when he actively contributed to the development of the ILO's decent work agenda, and as Executive Director, International Labour Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work from September 2010 to September 2012. At a different stage in his career he was instrumental in the unification of the democratic international trade union movement within the ITUC. Elected as the ITUC's first General Secretary in November 2006, he established sustainable development and climate change as key international trade union priorities. Born in Liverpool (UK) in 1956, Guy Ryder was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Liverpool.
 
Claire Melamed
Ms. Claire Melamed
Head of Programme of Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom
 
Claire Melamed is the Head of the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI. She was previously the Head of Policy at ActionAid UK. She has also worked for Christian Aid, the United Nations in Mozambique, and taught at the University of London and the Open University. Claire's work focuses on progress towards the current MDGs and on the post-2015 development agenda. She leads a major cross-organisational work programme on how to measure progress in development, and what lessons to learn from successful cases. She also heads ODI's work on the post-2015 agenda, looking at sectoral and cross-cutting issues, tracking the political negotiations, co-leading the 'MY World' survey with UNDP, and working on the 'data revolution'.
 
Jose Antonio Ocampo
Mr. Jose Antonio Ocampo
Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University, United States of America
 
José Antonio Ocampo is director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Member of the Committee on Global Thought and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He is also the Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, an expert committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 2012 - 2013 he chaired the panel created by the IMF Board to review the activities of the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Ocampo served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary ECLAC; Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del República (Central Bank of Colombia); Minister of Planning; and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. He received his BA in economics and sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and his PhD in economics from Yale University in 1976.
 
Ms. Jayati Ghosh
Ms. Jayati Ghosh
Professor of Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
 
Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was born in 1955 and educated at Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Cambridge where she obtained her Ph.D. in 1983. Since 2002 she has been the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS), an international network of heterodox development economists. She is also Founding Trustee of the Economic Research Foundation. Ms. Ghosh received the NordSud Prize for Social Sciences 2010 of the Fondazione Pescarabruzzo, Italy, and was awarded the ILO Decent Work Research Prize for 2010. She was the principal author of the West Bengal Human Development Report 2004 which received the 2005 UNDP Award for excellence in analysis. She has authored several books and more than 150 scholarly articles. In addition to her academic work, she is a regular columnist for several newspapers and journals.
 
Ms. Deborah Hardoon
Ms. Deborah Hardoon
Senior Researcher of Oxfam Great Britain, United Kingdom
 
Ms. Deborah Hardoon works in Oxfam GB's research team on issues related to economic and social justice. Her current work involves data analysis, constructing indices and analysing quantitative and qualitative data, particularly in the context of inequality. Prior to joining Oxfam GB in October 2013, Deborah was the Research Manager at Transparency International, responsible for the global corruption measurement tools, including the Corruption Perceptions Index. She was an ODI fellow in Lesotho between 2009 and 2011 and before that worked for three years as a commercial analyst at BP. Deborah holds a BA in Economics and Business management from Newcastle University and an MA in Economics from the University of British Colombia in Canada.
 
Mr. Roberto León
Mr. Roberto León
Member of Parliament, Chile
 
Mr. Roberto León Ramírez is a politician and lawyer who has been a member of the Chilean parliament since 1993. In Chile's Chamber of Deputies he represents district N ° 36, comprising the towns of Curico, Vichuquén, Licantén, Hualañé and Teno. He is a member of the Christian Democrat party. In the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mr Leon is President of the Grulac Group and of the Second Standing Committee. Married with four children, he graduated as a lawyer from the University of Chile in 1975. He developed a career as a lawyer and is also a partner in businesses in the fields of industrial safety and agriculture. He is Director of the Cultural Corporation of Mataquito and the Advancement Committee of Licantén.
 
Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta
Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta
Secretary General of CUTs International, India
 
Mr. Pradeep S Mehta is the Secretary General of CUTS International. CUTS was established in 1983 as a leading research, advocacy and networking NGO in India, with offices in Nairobi, Lusaka, Accra, Hanoi and Geneva. Mr. Mehta studied commerce at Calcutta University and law at Rajasthan University, Jaipur. In April 2012, he was nominated to the High Level Stakeholders Panel of WTO on Defining the Future of Trade. He was Honorary Adviser to the Commerce & Industry Minister of India and NGO Adviser to the WTO Director General from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Mehta serves on several policy-making bodies of the Government of India and Inter Governmental Organisations related to trade, investment, competition, environment and consumer affairs. He also chairs the advisory committee of the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment. Mr. Mehta was named as one of the 30 most famous columnists in India by a leading newspaper.
Mr. Arjun Karki
Mr. Arjun Karki
International Coordinator, LDC Watch, Nepal
 
Mr. Arjun Karki is the International Coordinator of LDC Watch, based in Brussels, Belgium with the international headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal. He co-ordinates civil society policy, advocacy and campaigns in 49 United Nations-defined Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean. Dr. Karki was the Chair and Spokesperson of the Civil Society Forum to the Fourth UN Conference on LDCs held in 2011 in Istanbul which adopted the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs for the Decade 2011-2020.
 

 Round Table II

 
Mr. Shawn Donnan
Mr. Shawn Donnan
World Trade Editor, Financial Times, United Kingdom
 
Shawn Donnan leads the FT's coverage of trade and development globally. He previously served as World News Editor, co-ordinating the FT's international economic and political news coverage. In that role he oversaw the paper's award-winning coverage of major news events including the Eurozone crisis and the Arab spring. Before that he served as deputy world news editor, helping co-ordinate the FT's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent economic meltdown. From 2006-2008 he was the FT's deputy Asia news editor, overseeing the paper's economic and political coverage of the region. He was the paper's correspondent in Indonesia for four years before that, covering events including the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Mr. Donnan is a graduate of Boston University.
 
Mr. Rubens Ricupero
Mr. Rubens Ricupero
Former Secretary-General of UNCTAD, former Minister of Finance, Brazil
 
Currently Dean of the Faculty of Economics and International Relations of Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, in São Paulo, Brazil, Rubens Ricupero was, between 1995 and 2004, the Secretary General of UNCTAD. In 1994, as Brazil's Minister of Finance, he supervised the launching of the new currency, the real, which brought to an end more than 30 years of chronically high inflation. Before that, he had been Minister of the Environment and Amazonian Affairs, and Chairman of the Negotiation Group on Finance during the UN Conference on Environment and Development, in Rio in 1992. Mr. Ricupero was also Chairman of the GATT Council of Representatives (1990), Chairman of the GATT Contracting Parties (1991), Coordinator and spokesperson for the Informal Group of Developing Countries in the GATT (1988-1992). He represented Brazil as Ambassador at the GATT and the United Nations Organization, Geneva (1987-1991), Ambassador to the United States of America (1991-1993) and Ambassador to Italy (1995). He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo.
 
Mr. Martin Khor
Mr. Martin Khor
Executive Director, South Centre, Switzerland
 
Martin Khor is the Executive Director of the South Centre, an inter-governmental organization established in 1995 with a membership of 51 developing countries acting as the multilateral think tank for the South. He was appointed in 2009. Previously he was the Director of the Third World Network where he focused on key issues of the "Global South Agenda" including UN reform, poverty and inequality, the WTO, the financial crisis, industrialization policy, and sustainable development. Mr. Khor has participated in numerous UN expert forums, committees and task forces such as the Committee on Development Policy; the UN Secretary-General's Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements and International Task Force on Climate Change. He has been a consultant for UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP and the UN University. He has published numerous books and discussion papers on topics such as globalization and the green economy. He is an economist with degrees from Cambridge University and the Science University of Malaysia.
 
Deborah James
Ms. Deborah James
Director International Programs,Center For Economic and Policy Research, United States of America
 
Deborah James has over a dozen years of expertise working on issues of trade and democratic global governance. At CEPR, her work focuses on the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and US policy towards Latin America. Prior to CEPR, she was the Director of the WTO Program of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she worked to inform civil society and governments worldwide about the potential impacts of the WTO's proposed Doha Round expansion. She was also the Global Economy Director of Global Exchange, where she did similar work around the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. She has written numerous articles and makes regular media appearances in English and Spanish on these issues, and has appeared on CNN en Español, Voice of America, CNN International, and the O'Reilly Factor, among other news outlets. She graduated cum laude in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of California at San Diego, and holds a Masters in International Policy and Planning from the George Washington University.
 
Mr. Roberto Bissio
Mr. Roberto Bissio
Global Coordinator, Social Watch Network, Uruguay
 
Mr. Roberto Bissio coordinates the secretariat of Social Watch, an international network of citizen organizations from over eighty countries that reports every year on how governments and international organizations implement their commitments on poverty eradication and gender equity. He is executive director of the Third World Institute, a non-profit research and advocacy organization based in Uruguay, and a member of the international committee of Third World Network.
 
Mr. Peter White
Mr. Peter White
Chief Operating Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
 
Mr. Peter White joined the WBCSD in September 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, following over 20 years developing the sustainability program at Procter & Gamble, the world's largest consumer goods company. For the last seven years Mr. White was P&G's Director for Global Sustainability, creator and chair of the Sustainability Leadership Council and a key architect of the company's long term sustainability vision and 2020 goals. During that time, he was the WBCSD Liaison Delegate. Peter is also a Visiting Professor at the Newcastle Institute for Research into Sustainability at Newcastle University, UK. Prior to joining P&G, he held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Oxford, California (Berkeley) and Arizona, and taught in Nigeria with the UK development charity Voluntary Service Overseas. A biologist at heart and by training, Peter holds a doctorate in Chemical Ecology from Oxford University, and Masters degrees in Zoology (Oxford) and Applied Hydrobiology (London).
 
Mr. Michael Hastings
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Member of the House of Lords and Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International, United Kingdom
 
Michael Hastings is International Global Head of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG, an independent Member of the House of Lords, and Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty. Michael is also a non-executive Director of British Telecom; a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation; Chairman of Millennium Promise UK; sits on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute in the UK; and is Vice-Chairman of Business in the Community's International Leadership Board. In 2012 Michael became Vice Chairman of the WEF Agenda Council - the Future of Civil Society. In 2011 he became a Vice President of UNICEF and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business. In 2010 he was a leading adviser to the Chatham House enquiry into the Future Role of the UK in Foreign Affairs and served on the 'Global Agenda Council on the Next Generation'. Lord Hastings was previously the BBC's first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility 2003 to 2006.
 
Mr. Tetteh Hormeku-Ajei
Mr. Tetteh Hormeku-Ajei
Head of Programmes, Third World Network-Africa, Ghana
 
Tetteh Hormeku, from Ghana, is the Head of Programmes at Third World Network Africa's Secretariat. The Political Economy unit of TWN-Africa coordinates the Africa Trade Network, which has over 25 members from 15 countries in Africa.
 
Mr. Akhteruzzaman Sano
Mr. Akhteruzzaman Sano
Management Advisor, Save The Earth Cambodia, Cambodia
 
Mr. Sano works for the Equity and Sustainability Field Hearings coordinated by Initiative for Equality. Initiative for Equality is a network of organizations, researchers and communities working towards more equitable and sustainable development, and the Field Hearings are designed to ensure that disadvantaged and marginalized communities are heard in the global dialogue on sustainable development. Mr. Sano works on institutional capacity building, advocacy and engaging businesses, foundations, and civil society on climate risk analysis and reduction and development. This includes partnering with UN agencies, intergovernmental organisations and government ministries. Mr. Sano has been a consultant to projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Climate Investment Fund etc. His doctoral research is on climate risk financing. He is a Bangladeshi national and has lived in Cambodia since 2002.
 
Mr. Zhongxiu Zhao
Mr. Zhongxiu Zhao
Vice President of the University of International Business and Economics, China
 
Mr. Zhongxiu Zhao is Professor and ­Vice-President of the University of International Business and Economics, China (UIBE). After receiving his first degree from Peking University, Mr. Zhao completed his Ph.D. in Economics from UIBE,specializing in international trade. Dr. Zhao’s prolific academic career has included contributions as co-author and editor for twelve books, including International Trade Theory and Policy (Peking University Press, 2009) and Green Low-Carbon Development in China (Springer, 2013), as author of numerous academic articles, and a frequent participant in academic conferences. He has also used his academic expertise in frequent consulting positions for government agencies, international organizations, and both Chinese and international companies, including his position as Vice Chairman for the China Society of World Economics and General Secretary for China International Business Graduate Education Steering Committee
 
 

 Panel

 
Mr. Shawn Donnan
Mr. Shawn Donnan
World Trade Editor, Financial Times, United Kingdom
 
Shawn Donnan leads the FT's coverage of trade and development globally. He previously served as World News Editor, co-ordinating the FT's international economic and political news coverage. In that role he oversaw the paper's award-winning coverage of major news events including the Eurozone crisis and the Arab spring. Before that he served as deputy world news editor, helping co-ordinate the FT's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent economic meltdown. From 2006-2008 he was the FT's deputy Asia news editor, overseeing the paper's economic and political coverage of the region. He was the paper's correspondent in Indonesia for four years before that, covering events including the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Mr. Donnan is a graduate of Boston University.
 
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
Secretary-General, UNCTAD
 
Mukhisa Kituyi, of Kenya, became UNCTAD's seventh Secretary-General on 1 September 2013. He was elected to the Kenyan Parliament in 1992, and twice re-elected, and served as Kenya's Minister of Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2007. During this period, Dr. Kituyi chaired for two years the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the African Trade Ministers' Council. He also chaired the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and was lead negotiator for Eastern and Southern African ministers during the European Union-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations. Immediately prior to becoming Secretary-General, he was Chief Executive of the Kenya Institute of Governance. During 2012, Dr. Kituyi also served as a non-resident fellow of the Africa Growth Initiative of the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. He holds a BA from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and an MPhil and a doctorate from the University of Bergen, Norway.
 
Supachai Panitchpakdi
Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Thailand
 
Supachai Panitchpakdi's career started off as an officer of the Bank of Thailand, and has served as Thailand's Deputy Finance Minister, Commerce Minister, and twice as Deputy Prime Minister. In between he was for some years president of a commercial bank, and chairman of several private corporations including an international insurance company. His international career is noteworthy for the fact that he is the first representative of a developing country to be appointed Director General of the World Trade Organisation (2002-2005) followed by two terms as Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2005-2013). At present he is a board member of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, a founding member of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation, and recently appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve on the High Level Panel of Experts on Re-costing.
 
Mr. Rubens Ricupero
Mr. Rubens Ricupero
Former Secretary-General of UNCTAD, former Minister of Finance, Brazil
 
Currently Dean of the Faculty of Economics and International Relations of Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, in São Paulo, Brazil, Rubens Ricupero was, between 1995 and 2004, the Secretary General of UNCTAD. In 1994, as Brazil's Minister of Finance, he supervised the launching of the new currency, the real, which brought to an end more than 30 years of chronically high inflation. Before that, he had been Minister of the Environment and Amazonian Affairs, and Chairman of the Negotiation Group on Finance during the UN Conference on Environment and Development, in Rio in 1992. Mr. Ricupero was also Chairman of the GATT Council of Representatives (1990), Chairman of the GATT Contracting Parties (1991), Coordinator and spokesperson for the Informal Group of Developing Countries in the GATT (1988-1992). He represented Brazil as Ambassador at the GATT and the United Nations Organization, Geneva (1987-1991), Ambassador to the United States of America (1991-1993) and Ambassador to Italy (1995). He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo.
 
Mr. James Mwai
Mr. James Mwai
Director of Programmes- Fairtrade Africa, Kenya
 
Fairtrade Africa is the network that represents all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa. As Director of Programmes, Mr. Mwai is responsible for programmes that support approximately 400 producer organizations and 900,000 individuals, enabling them secure and grow their businesses and improve their communities. Before joining Fairtrade Africa, Mr. Mwai worked as a competitiveness consultant with governments, private sector and development organizations in countries including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Mozambique, working on achieving economic development through inclusive business and investment models. He was previously the Country Sector Leader for Economic Development at SNV Netherlands Development Organization. Mr. Mwai also worked in consultancy and organization development delivering assignments throughout Africa for KPMG TSL and TACK International to blue chip clients. He has an MBA from Cranfield University, School of Management and is a Certified Public Accountant.
 
HE. Ambassador Jean-Marc Hoscheit
HE. Ambassador Jean-Marc Hoscheit
Permanent Representative of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the United Nations in Geneva
 
Jean-Marc Hoscheit is the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations Office at Geneva. Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Hoscheit was Ambassador of Luxembourg to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons since 2008. Concurrently, since 2010, he was accredited as Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the African Union, and Special Envoy of Luxembourg to Africa, with residence in The Hague; and since 2011, he was Ambassador of Luxembourg to Ethiopia, with residence in The Hague. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Hoscheit was Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations in New York. A career diplomat, Mr. Hoscheit was Ambassador of Luxembourg to France from 1998 to 2003 and Deputy Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the European Union in Brussels from 1989 to 1998. Mr. Hoscheit has a degree in law and a degree in political sciences from the University of Strasbourg in France.
 
HE. Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty
HE. Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative, Mission of South Africa to the United Nations Office in Geneva
 
Born in 1939 in Hartebeesfontein, Minty grew up in Johannesburg before leaving for Britain in 1958 where he furthered his studies. While he was outside the country he worked for the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa. He was the Honorary Secretary of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) between 1962 and 1995. He played an important role in lobbying the International Olympic Committee in 1963 for the suspension of the South African Olympic Committee from the Olympics. Minty was also an activist on issues related to disarmament between 1979 and 1994 serving as Director of the World Campaign against Military and Nuclear Collaboration with South Africa. After the fall of apartheid in 1994, Minty was appointed Deputy Director-General for Multilateral Affairs in the Department of Foreign Affairs until 2004. He also oversaw South Africa's new membership of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Commonwealth. He served on the Board of Governors of the IAEA in 1995 and as a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 2001 to 2002. In 2006, he was elected president of the IAEA's General Conference as the IAEA marked its 50th anniversary. He is currently Ambassador at South Africa's Mission in Geneva.
 
Ms. Iara Pietricovsky de Oliveira
Ms. Iara Pietricovsky de Oliveira
Co-Director, Instituto De Estudos Socioeconomicos
 
Founded in 1979, INESC is one of Brazil's most well-established NGOs, covering analysis of public budgets, an equitable tax system, human rights and democracy. Ms. Iara Pietricovsky de Oliveira has represented INESC and Brazilian at the WTO and the UN and networks including the Brazilian Network for Peoples Integration, Brazil Network on International Finance Institutions and Social Watch Network. She joined INESC in 1987 with responsibility the environment and indigenous issues. She later focused on international policies and was appointed Co-director in 2001. Ms. Pietricovsky has a Masters in political science and anthropology from the University of Brasilia. An actress and drama teacher, she has performed in different regions of Brazil and internationally.