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Visiting WTO Fellows

Dr Arne Klau

Dr Arne Klau

Dr Arne Klau
Visiting WTO Fellow (October 2016-May 2017)

A Visiting Fellow from the Trade Policies Review Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Arne studied economics and political science in Frankfurt, Lyon and Freiburg.  He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Freiburg and has published on international trade, poverty and employment issues.  Arne joined the WTO Secretariat in 2001.

Prior this he worked for a specialised UN organisation, Germany’s Foreign Service and as a Lecturer of Economics at the University of Freiburg.  Whilst on leave from the WTO between 2008 and 2012, Arne worked as Adjunct Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo and as Personal Advisor to Egypt’s Trade Minister.  Arne speaks German, English, French, Spanish and Italian.

  • Past Visiting Fellows
    Mr Yves Renouf

    Yves Renouf

    Mr Yves Renouf
    Visiting WTO Fellow (October 2015-June 2016)

    Yves Renouf graduated from the University of Rennes in France. He holds a postgraduate degree in European Law from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, and a LLM from the University of Michigan. He worked in a Brussels-based law firm before joining the European Commission Legal Service as part of its international trade law team. Yves Renouf joined the WTO Secretariat in 1995 and worked on several dispute settlement panels. Yves became the first WTO Legal Counsel for general legal matters in 2009.

    Yves has published numerous articles and book contributions on European trade law, international trade law and international administrative law and has lectured on international trade law and WTO dispute settlement in several universities.


    Peter Pedersen

    Peter Pedersen

    Mr Peter Pedersen
    Former Visiting WTO Fellow (October 2011-April 2012 & January-July 2005)
    Visiting Lecturer

    Peter Pedersen was the Institute's inaugural Visiting WTO Fellow between January and July 2005 while on leave from the WTO Secretariat where he has been employed since July, 1996. Peter returned to the Institute for the second time October 2011.

    Peter is the Head of the Trade Negotiations Committee Section of the Council & TNC Division of the WTO. He has also held positions in the External Relations Division, the Office of the Director-General and the Ministerial Sessions Division. Prior to joining the WTO Peter worked at the Centre for East European Studies at the Copenhagen Business School. Peter holds a Master of Science degree in International Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations from Cambridge University. He is the author of several articles on the WTO and international trade. He is fluent in Danish, English, French, German and Spanish.


    Ms Marie-Isabelle Pellan

    Marie-Isabelle Pellan

    Ms Marie-Isabelle Pellan
    Visiting WTO Fellow (August 2010-February 2011)

    Marie-Isabelle joined the Institute in August 2010 as the 7th Visiting WTO Fellow while on leave from WTO where she has been employed since 2000. Marie-Isabelle is Counsellor in the Trade and Environment Division. From 2005-2010, she served as Secretary to the Committee dealing with Trade and Environment negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda. As part of her duties she also delivered training and technical assistance to WTO member governments in her area of expertise. Prior to joining WTO, Marie-Isabelle worked in the legal team of Bombardier Transportation in Brussels. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as Bachelors’ degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.


    Mr Raúl Torres Troconis

    Raúl Torres Troconis

    Mr Raúl Torres Troconis
    Former Visiting WTO Fellow (January 2010-July 2010)

    Raúl Torres Troconis served as the 6th Visiting WTO Fellow at the Institute for International Trade while on leave from the WTO Development Division. Before joining the Institute, Raúl was a Counsellor in Development Division of the WTO, working on issues concerning the international trade integration of Small, Vulnerable Economies and Landlocked Developing Countries. He has been employed by WTO since July 1996, starting with the Rules Division where he worked for 8 years on issues related to Anti-dumping, Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, Safeguards, and State Trading Enterprises. Prior to joining the WTO, Raúl worked for Venezuela's Instituto de Comercio Exterior and participated in the Foreign Associate Program of Morrison & Foerster in its Washington D.C. office. He holds a degree in law from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas) and an LL.M. from Georgetown University. He has contributed to books on the WTO and the Multilateral Trading System and published articles on Anti-dumping and Duty Free Zones. Raúl is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and has an intermediate level of Italian and Portuguese.


    Ms Victoria Donaldson

    Victoria Donaldson

    Ms Victoria Donaldson
    Former Visiting WTO Fellow (February 2008-July 2008)

    Victoria served as the 5th Visiting WTO Fellow at the Institute for International Trade while on leave from the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat. Before joining Victoria worked as a Counsellor at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO since 1999. From 1996-1999 she practiced law with the Brussels office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, and from 1995-1996 with Russell & DuMoulin in Vancouver. Ms. Donaldson obtained Bachelors' degrees in Law from the University of Oxford and the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. She served as a law clerk to Mr. Justice Peter de Carteret Cory at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1993-94. Ms. Donaldson has contributed to books on WTO dispute settlement, writing in particular on procedures for appellate review.


    Mr John Finn

    John Finn

    Mr John Finn
    Former Visiting WTO Fellow (August 2007-February 2008)

    John completed an assignment as a Visiting WTO Fellow at the Institute for International Trade while on leave from the Agriculture and Commodities Division of the WTO where he has worked since 1998. At the WTO, he was responsible for the administrative work associated with the negotiations on agriculture which are part of the Doha Development Agenda. In addition, he has extensive experience with training and other technical co-operation related work for the Member governments of the WTO. Before joining the WTO Secretariat he worked for the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry as an economic analyst and as the agriculture attaché in the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva. He is married with two children.


    Aik Hoe Lim

    Aik Hoe Lim

    Mr Aik Hoe Lim
    Former Visiting WTO Fellow (February-August 2007)

    Hoe Lim completed an assignment as Visiting WTO Fellow at the Institute for International Trade while on leave from the WTO Secretariat where he has been employed since 1999. He has held several positions in the WTO, most recently as Counsellor in the Trade in Services Division with responsibilities for regional trade agreements in services, mutual recognition arrangements and education services. Between 2001-2005, he served in the Office of the WTO Director-General where he was consecutively Deputy to the Chef de Cabinet of Mr Mike Moore and Counsellor to Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi. During that time he also served as adviser to the Eminent Persons Consultative Board on The Future of the WTO. Before joining the WTO, he was Senior Economic Affairs Officer of the G-15 Summit Level Group of Developing Countries. He has also been an economic consultant to various UN specialised agencies including the International Labour Organization, United Nations Development Programme and UNCTAD. He holds a Masters in International Economic Management from the University of Birmingham, a post-graduate Diploma in Financial Economics from the University of London and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Land Management from the University of Reading. He is fluent in Malaysian, French and intemediate Mandarin.


    Dariel De Sousa

    Dariel De Sousa

    Ms Dariel De Sousa
    Former Visiting WTO Fellow (May-October 2006)

    Dariel De Sousa completed an assignment (from May to October 2006) working with the Institute while on leave from the WTO Secretariat. She commenced employment with the WTO Secretariat in 1999 with the Intellectual Property Division, where she worked in the areas of intellectual property, competition policy and government procurement. Since 2002, she has been employed in the Legal Affairs Division, where she is currently a Counsellor working on the resolution of disputes between members of the WTO concerning compliance with their obligations under the WTO Agreements. She holds undergraduate degrees in law and mechanical engineering from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and post-graduates degrees in law and business administration from Oxford University and Yale University respectively.

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