The E15 Initiative stream at the Trade and Development Symposium will focus on dialogue around the key deliverables the Initiative’s world class experts will release in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Discussion will provide an exclusive preview of the policy options that have been developed over four years by some of the world’s most pre-eminent trade policy experts.

ICTSD launched the E15 Initiative in 2011 to stimulate a fresh, strategic look at key challenges and opportunities for the global trade and investment system and improve its efficacy, fairness, and inclusiveness as well as its ability to promote sustainable development.

Since then, ICTSD, the World Economic Forum, and 16 partnering institutions have brought together more than 375 leading international experts in over 80 interactive dialogues. 

Several of these experts will be present in Nairobi, providing a unique opportunity to engage with key influencers on the side lines of the Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference.

The E15 Initiative’s activities at the TDS will include a high level plenary and 10 panel discussions:

Date & time (GMT+3) Session title Speakers
15 December,
Plenary: Priorities for the WTO in an evolving global trade and investment architecture
15 December,
Requiring local content in extractive industries: Key E15 policy options for the WTO
15 December,
Leveraging finance for development beyond 2015
15 December,
20 years after Singapore: Need for an enhanced 21st century approach to international competition policy
16 December,
WTO rules on farm goods and fish: Towards more equitable, sustainable, and efficient global markets?
16 December, 10.45-12.15 Clean energy technologies and climate change: Priorities for the WTO
16 December,
Services and global value chains in the 21st century globalised economy
  • Sean Doherty - Head of International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum
  • Stephen Karingi - Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Pascal Kerneis - Managing Director, European Services Forum (ESF)
  • Pranav Kumar - Head of International Trade Policy, Confederation of Indian Industry
  • Patrick Low - Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University
  • Paulina Nazal - Director for Multilateral Economic Affairs at the General Directorate on International Economic Relations (DIRECON), Chile
  • François Rousseau – Partner, Industrial Goods & Services practice, Bain & Company
  • Sherry Stephenson - Senior Fellow, ICTSD
16 December,
The digital economy and innovation: Game changers for the multilateral trading system?
16 December,
Subsidies and industrial policies in a world of global value chains
  • Harsha Vardhana Singh - Senior Associate for Strategic Research and Policy Analysis, ICTSD
  • Ana Escobedo - Director of International Government Affairs, Arcelor Mittal
  • Bernard Hoekman - Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
  • Gary Horlick - Attorney, Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick
  • Mark Wu - Assistant Professor, Harvard University
17 December,
Regulatory convergence through the WTO
17 December,
The end of the North-South game: foreign direct investment in the 21st century
  • Georgios Altintzís - Economic and Social Policy Officer, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle - Lead, Trade & Investment Policy, World Economic Forum
  • Ana Escobedo - Director of International Government Affairs, ArcelorMittal
  • Nicolle Graugnard - Policy Manager, Trade and Investment, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Moses Ikiara - Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest)
  • Marten Van den Berg - Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • James X. Zhan - Director of the Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD

*Invited speakers

Selected E15 publications:

Climate Change and Clean Energy
Climate Change and a Renewable Energy Scale-up: Responding to Challenges Posed to the WTO
Thomas Brewer and Amelia Porges

Addressing Climate Change: A WTO Exception to Incorporate Climate Clubs
Beatriz Leycegui and Imanol Ramírez

Finance and Development
Trade Preferences for the Least Developed Countries: Opportunities Not Panaceas
Kimberly Ann Elliott

Aid for Trade 10 Years On – What’s Next?
Frans Lammersen

Extractive Industries
Unpacking Local Content Requirements in the Extractive Sector: What Implications for the Global Trade and Investment Frameworks?
Isabelle Ramdoo

International Investment Law and Natural Resource Governance
Jorge E. Viñuales

Fisheries and Food Security
Trade-Related Measures to Address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
Margaret Young

Rethinking the Rules for Agricultural Subsidies
Timothy Josling

Services and Global Value Chains
Services SMEs in International Trade: Opportunities and Constraints
Hildegunn Nordås

Services Trade and Regulatory Cooperation
Aaditya Mattoo

Who Captures the Value in the Global Value Chain? High Level Implications for the World Trade Organization
Peter Draper and Andreas Freytag

Subsidies and Industrial Policy
Re-examining ‘Green Light’ Subsidies in the Wake of New Green Industrial Policies
Mark Wu

WTO Dispute Settlement and Industrial Policy
Jan Bohanes

Subsidies and Spillovers in a Value Chain World: New Rules Required?
Bernard Hoekman

Regulatory Coherence
Regulatory Spillovers and the Trading System: From Coherence to Cooperation
Bernard Hoekman and Petros C. Mavroidis

A Role for the World Trade Organization on Regulatory Coherence
Thomas Bollyky

The Third Pillar: Behind the Scenes, WTO Committee Work Delivers
Erik Wijkström

How Can We Know (More) About the Trade Effects of Regulation?
Robert Wolfe

Investment Policy
An International Support Programme for Sustainable Investment Facilitation
Karl Sauvant and Khalil Hamdani

Competition Policy
Competition Law/Policy and the Multilateral Trading System: A Possible Agenda for the Future
Robert Anderson & Anna Caroline Muller

Innovation and the Digital Economy
A New Digital Trade Agenda
Joshua Meltzer

Trade Secrets, Innovation and the WTO
Douglas Lippoldt and Mark Schultz


The E15 Initiative is jointly implemented by


International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development


World Economic Forum


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