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Matthew Wilson

Chief Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC) (Geneva)

Matthew Wilson is the Chief Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, the joint development agency of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations. As part of senior management, he is responsible for providing strategic advice to the Executive Director and ensuring the effective outreach, coordination and running of the Cabinet. He also serves as Office in Charge of the Communications and Events team at the ITC.

Prior to this, he served in the Cabinet of Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation where he was responsible for Development issues, Aid for Trade, trade facilitation, trade finance and the relations with the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. He has represented the WTO at G20 Development Group meetings and the OECD DAC.

Mr. Wilson had previously served as Deputy Aid for Trade Coordinator at the WTO leading the work on Aid for Trade and the AfT Global Review monitoring and evaluation exercise. He was a trade negotiator and diplomat for the Government of Barbados for 8 years at the Permanent Mission of Geneva to the United Nations. In this role, he was a lead negotiator on trade, labour and human rights matters.  He was the inaugural ‘friend of the chair ‘ for the Trade Facilitation special and differential negotiations, the Chair of the ACP working group on EPAs and Vice Chair of the Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Duties, Vice Chair of the Safeguards Committee and Vice Chair of the Anti-Dumping Committee.

He started his career as a Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. He has a MSC degree in International Development, MSC Post-Graduate degree in International Relations and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Sociology. He is a Chevening Scholar and alumni of the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) and the University of Bath. He has authored works on Aid for Trade, Fisheries Subsidies and other development issues.