Okonjo-Iweala appoints two women as Deputy CEOs for the first time

Okonjo-Iweala appoints two women as Deputy CEOs for the first time

The WTO pays tribute to the outgoing four WTO Deputy Director Generals and Xiaozhun Alan Wm. Wolf, Karl Brauner and Jonov Frederic Aga for their work and dedication to strengthening the multilateral trading system.

We are delighted to appoint four external leaders today as Deputy CEOs! Looking forward to jointly ending opportunities to revitalize the WTO!

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Appoints Four WTO Deputy Directors General



I am very pleased to announce the appointment of four new Deputy Directors General (DDG) at the WTO. For the first time in the history of our organization, half of DDG

This underlines my commitment to strengthening our organization with talented leaders and, at the same time, achieving gender balance in leadership positions. I look forward to welcoming them to the WTO.

Ms Angela Ellard (USA)
Ms. Angela Paolini Ellard has established herself in the US Congress as Chief Trade Advisor and Chief of Staff for Majority and Minority Affairs. She is internationally recognized as an expert in international trade and economic policy, trade agreements and support for multilateral solutions for effective trade and development policies.

Ms Ellard has negotiated and presented important results of bilateral trade policy and legislation with US Congressmen and Elders Trump, Obama, Bush and
Clinton administration officials. Ms. Ellard has also worked as a lawyer in the private sector, dealing with trade disputes, as well as strategic, political and legislative issues.

Fellow Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, Washington, 1986-1990, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Washington, 1990-1995. Trade Advisor, Trade Subcommittee, US Internal Ways and Means Commission, 1995-2007, Director of Human Resources, Legal Counsel, Trade Subcommittee, 1998-2007, Chief Trade Advisor, Republican Level, since 2007.

Ms. Ellard received her JD from Tulane University School of Law with honors in 1986. She also holds an MA in Public Policy from Tulane University (1983) and a BA from Tulane University Newcomb College, summa cum cum laude in 1982.

Ms. Ellard (born March 19, 1961) is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, frequently lectures in law in graduate and undergraduate courses, and has published articles on law and trade policy. In 1981 he received the Harry S. Truman Award.

Ms Anabel Gonzalez (Costa Rica)
Anabel Gonzalez (born August 22, 1963) is a global expert and practitioner in trade and development. From July 2014 to December 2017, she was Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Global Trade and Competitiveness Practice, where she led a 500-strong team to develop and implement the World Bank Group’s global and national agendas in the areas of trade, investment climate, competitiveness. , innovation and entrepreneurship.

She was previously the Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (2010-2014), during which she led Costa Rica’s efforts to join the OECD, negotiated, approved and implemented six core free trade agreements and implemented policies to improve the investment climate. which helped to attract more than 140 people. new investment projects.

He also played a leading role on the Costa Rican Competitiveness and Innovation Council. Over 15 years of service in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, he held various positions, including Director General for International Trade Negotiations (1990-97), Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade (1998-2001) and Ambassador-Chief Negotiator (2003-2004) biennium).

She was also Director of the Costa Rica Investment Promotion Agency (2001-02), International Consultant (1997-1998; 2004-2006), Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division of the World Trade Organization (2006-2009) .) And senior international consultant. Trade and Investment at the Inter-American Development Bank (2009-10).

Anabel is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Future Trade and Investment Council (2016-18), served as Chair of the Global Competitiveness Agenda Council (2014-16) and Chair of the Council on Trade and Foreign Direct Investment. (2012 – 14). He is currently a member of the World Trade Council of the World Trade Symposium.

He has lectured in over 50 countries and has written on many trade and competitiveness issues.

Anabel Gonzalez is a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a Trade and Investment Advisor to the World Bank. He is also the host of the Alicei series of virtual events. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica and a Law Degree from Georgetown University.

Ambassador Jean-Marie Pogam (France)
Ambassador Jean-Marie Pogam has held senior positions in the French government on trade issues, most recently as France’s Permanent Representative to the WTO.

He also held a number of senior positions in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, including as a member of the Executive Committee of the French Ministry of Finance. He was also Deputy Executive Director of the Geneva World Trade Center. He had accumulated in-depth and practical knowledge of government trade practices and was also familiar with
high-level dialogues on international trade and economic activities.

In 2019, he chaired the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment. [/url]

He has published a number of articles on trade-related issues, especially while serving as Senior Fellow in International Trade at the French Institute of International Relations (IFPRI).

Ambassador Pogam is an ENA graduate in Paris and holds a degree in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science in Aix-en-Provence and the Faculty of Law in Aix-Marseille III.

Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang (PRC)
Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang is currently the Deputy Minister of Commerce of China. He has many years of extensive experience in WTO issues, international negotiations and policy research.

Ambassador Zhang, until recently, was the Permanent Representative of China to the WTO, and earlier – Assistant to the Permanent Representative. He has over 30 years of experience in international trade, holding the position of Director of the Department of International Trade and Economy of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation; as Director General of the WTO Department of the Ministry of Commerce; and as Director General of the Policy Research Department of the Department of Commerce.

Ambassador Zhang holds a law degree, a master’s degree in international relations and a doctorate in international politics from Peking University.

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