Challenges and opportunities for the world trading system

Challenges and opportunities for the world trading system

Sep 18
CEDA NSW/ACT is delighted to welcome World Trade Organization, Deputy Director-General, Ambassador Alan Wolff to the 2019 Trustee program. 


Ambassador Alan Wolff, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Event overview

Ambassador Wolff will discuss the world trading system, commenting on the future of the multilateral trading system; the state of play on WTO reforms; and the politics around WTO Appellate Body appointments.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Ambassador Alan Wolff
Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Alan Wm. Wolff became WTO Deputy Director-General on October 1, 2017.  He has had a long career dealing with international trade, as a negotiator for the United States, as chief trade lawyer of the U.S. executive branch, and subsequently in private law practice advising major clients in business and labour on matters of international trade policy.  He has served and advised both Republican and Democratic Administrations.  Prior to joining the WTO, he also served as the Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council.
Ambassador Wolff served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations in the Carter Administration and was General Counsel of the Office in the Ford Administration. He was for a time acting Head of the U.S. Delegation for the Tokyo Round of GATT Multilateral Trade Negotiations and a principal draftsman of the basic U.S. law creating a mandate for trade negotiations. As Deputy USTR he was a founder of the OECD Steel Committee and its first chairman.

He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the PIIE, is a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies, having served several terms on the Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board of the Academies and chairing its Committee on Comparative Innovation Policies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University and an A.B. degree from Harvard College. 

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