Steering Committee


“I believe that environmental issues will dominate all aspects of multilateral discussions for the rest of the decade at least. To date, however, the conversations have tended to evolve separate sets of people. Often the environmental people are not talking to the trade people – even in their own company or government. The forum on Trade, Environmental Sustainability and the SDGs (TESS) is a bold new attempt to widen the conversation and thus stimulate cross-fertilization of ideas, knowledge, and perspective. This is why we are so pleased to host the Forum. I hope you’ll join this critical discussion via TESS!”

Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI). He is also the Murase Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (since 2014).  Previously he was Professor of Law at Duke University (2002-2007). He has also taught at Neuchâtel, Columbia, NYU, Stanford and Harvard law schools and worked as legal adviser for the WTO Secretariat (1996-2002).  From 2007 to 2014, he was Senior Advisor with the law firm of King & Spalding.

Joost specializes in international economic law, in particular trade law and investment law, and its relationship to public international law. He also frequently advises governments and industry in WTO dispute settlement and investment arbitration and is a leading force behind the global network of legal clinics on international economic law.

From 2015 to 2020, Joost was the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of International Economic Law. In late 2020, Professor Pauwelyn was appointed to the WTO’s multi-party interim appeal arrangement (MPIA, nominated by the EU).

Joost received degrees from the Universities of Namur and Leuven, Belgium as well as Oxford University and holds a doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. He was appointed on the roster of WTO panelists and as arbitrator under Free Trade Agreements and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Joost is the author of one of the leading case books on International Trade Law (Aspen, 2016, 3nd ed., with A. Guzman and J. Hillman) and, most recently, co-editor of “Rethinking Participation in Global Governance: Challenges in Financial and Health Institutions” (OUP, 2021) and “Building Legal Capacity For a More Inclusive Globalization” (2019). He has also authored or co-edited, amongst other works, “Assessing the World Trade Organization – Fit for Purpose?” (CUP, 2017), The Use of Economics in International Trade and Investment Disputes (CUP, 2017), The Foundations of International Investment Law (OUP, 2014), Informal International Lawmaking (OUP, 2012),  and The Transformation of World Trade (Michigan Law Review, 2005).


“The world faces triple environmental crises of climate, pollution and biodiversity loss. At UNEP, we are delighted to partner with the Graduate Institute to foster multilateral cooperation on the trade and trade policies needed to promote green economies and sustainable development and to phase out unsustainable trade, production and consumption. International agendas on sustainable trade must respond to developing country priorities and advance progress on the SDGs, and will require more interaction between trade and environment policy communities. Based in International Geneva but with a global outlook and advisory network, TESS is designed to respond to these priorities.”

Steven Stone is Chief of the Resources & Markets Branch of UNEP’s Economy Division. As Chief of Branch, Steven directs a team dedicated to furthering the knowledge base and outreach and support to countries on environmental and resource economics as key components of economic, trade and investment policy. Some of the key flagships he has helped to incubate include the Green Economy Initiative, the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).

Steven earned an MSc and PhD in Resource Economics from Cornell University, following a BA with Honors from Swarthmore College (USA), and has more than 20 years of professional experience in environmental and natural resource management. 

Prior to joining UNEP, Steven worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, serving in a number of capacities from Resource Economist in Washington to Environmental Specialist in the Bank’s offices in both Jamaica and Ecuador, to Country Representative in Honduras. Before joining IDB, Steven led field research in Brazil as part of the team at the Instituto do Homen e Meio Ambiente in Belem, Para State, for a number of years. He has also worked at the World Bank on resource and agricultural economics.

He has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and blogs in the field of environmental and resource economics, and in addition to his ongoing responsibilities at UNEP and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for International Environmental Studies (CIES) at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.


“TESS comes at a critical moment for the trade and sustainable development agenda. With less than 10 years left to achieve the SDGs, Tess provides a welcome platform for the inclusive dialogue required to advance.”

Vanessa Erogbogbo is Chief, Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains section at the International Trade Centre and a member of ITC’s Management Action Group. She has over 20 years of experience working in both international development and the private sector.

Vanessa oversees ITC’s work on sustainable value chains, as well as trade and gender, as part of a wider Trade for Sustainable Development programme which focuses on supporting SMEs for a sustainable future. She is also the lead for ITC’s SheTrades initiative, which works to connect millions women to international markets.

Vanessa is a member of the advisory board of the Geneva Trade Platform at the Graduate Institute and is vice-chairperson of the EQUALS Global Partnership steering committee. She previously held positions at the International Finance Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank, and as an entrepreneur.

She holds an MBA from the London Business School, an MSc Information Technology and B.Eng Hons in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University, UK.


“TESS initiative is a promising step towards reigniting informed debates on unsustainable trading practices and locating solutions within a post-pandemic world. Obviously the discourse has to be inclusive of Southern perspectives and embedded in a refashioned multilateralism.”

Debapriya (Deb) Bhattacharya, a macroeconomist and public policy analyst, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, where he was its first Executive Director. He is also the founding Chair of the Southern Voice international network of think tanks – a network of more than 50 think tanks from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Earlier he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). 

He was a former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to WTO and UN Offices in Geneva and Vienna, President of UNCTAD Governing Board, Special Advisor on LDCs to the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Coordinator of LDC Group of countries in the UN System in Geneva.  

Dr. Bhattacharya has been a member of a number of high-level national and international consultative groups including, among others, the Monitoring Advisory Group of the Global Partnership of Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), managed by UNDP and OECD, and the United Nations’ Committee for Development Policy (CDP). He also chairs the LDC IV Monitor – an alliance of development organisations including OECD Development Centre and the Commonwealth Secretariat.  

Dr. Bhattacharya received his Masters and PhD in Economics from the Plekhanov Institute of National Economy, Moscow. He later conducted post-doctoral research at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington DC. He has published widely on issues of development policy, trade and the SDGs.



“Now is the time for us to reimagine a global economy that is sustainable and brings prosperity for all but in a way that does not harm the environment. The voice of developing countries as strategic allies in that endeavour is vital. TESS can help foster the necessary focus on ambition, inclusivity and multilateral dialogue.”

His Excellency Chad Blackman, is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.

Ambassador Blackman has worked in the international development sector for over fifteen years, and has engaged as an international trade law specialist and development consultant respectively. Prior to his tenure in Geneva, he was Legal Consultant and Partner in a Caribbean Law Firm, where he led on issues international trade, shipping and data protection laws. 

Ambassador Blackman is the former Chair for the Trade and Environment Committee and former Chair of the Trade and Development Committee, both in the WTO.  He chairs the SIDS Group in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), is the Americas Coordinator for the Government Group in the ILO, and is a UN International Gender Champion.

 Ambassador Blackman, is a British trained international trade law specialist, with degrees in LLB Law and LLM International Trade Law from the University of Essex in the UK, and is an Associate member of the London based, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

“France is proud to support the Forum TESS to encourage an inclusive and ambitious green agenda in the WTO. In line with our national objectives to foster sustainable development policies and the EU efforts towards a more sustainable trade policy, France looks forward to further collaboration with the Forum TESS.”

Etienne OUDOT de DAINVILLE was appointed as Permanent Representative of France to the World Trade Organization on September 2021.

He previously worked as Minister Counsellor, head of the economic and finance department of the French Embassy in Berlin, starting in September 2017. He worked on the improvement of the bilateral economic German-French relationships, before and throughout the Covid crisis. He contributed inter alia to the 2019 Aachen Treaty on French-German cooperation and integration, several French-German and European industrial policy initiatives (battery, hydrogen, artificial intelligence) and post-Covid recovery plan in the context of the European Green Deal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. He had regular contacts with the French business community in Germany, including support to the French Tech communities in Berlin and Munich, and German investors to France.

Etienne OUDOT de DAINVILLE was head of the Financial department of the French Permanent Representation to the European Union from 2014 to 2017. With his team, he worked on all ECOFIN Council related issues (Economic and Monetary Union, tax policy, financial markets regulations), covering as well company law, competition and state aid, EU budgets. He was involved inter alia in the Invesment Plan for Europe (“Juncker Plan”), the 2015 Greek debt crisis, the implementation of the Capital markets union and Banking union initiatives and legislative efforts to tackle tax evasion and money laundering.

From September 2012 to November 2014, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Investment within the French Treasury, within the Ministry of Finance and Economy, managing a team of 31 persons in charge of trade policy issues (bilateral and plurilateral trade deals, WTO negotiations, market access, intellectual property issues in relation to trade), international and bilateral investment rules, economic sanctions, financial crime (moneylaundering and terrorism financing). He was the French trade minister’s representative at the WTO Bali Ministerial and helped launching EU FTA negotiations with Japan, ASEAN countries, US (TTIP) or concluding others (CETA).

He was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets and Corporate Finance (2009-2012). In this position, he was actively involved in European and international efforts to better regulate securities markets and accounting following the 2008 financial crisis (G20, Financial Stability Board, IFRS Foundation) and in the way those new rules were being translated into French law.

From May 2007 to July 2009, Etienne OUDOT de DAINVILLE was technical adviser for international economic affairs to the French Prime Minister M. François Fillon. In his position, he was in charge of coordinating the French government works on trade issues, public development assistance, G8 affairs, international climate negotiations.

He previously worked as deputy head of staff of the French Trade Minister Mrs. Christine Lagarde (2006-early 2007) and head of unit for “agricultural trade negotiations, trade and development issues” (in 2005). Between 2002 and 2005, he served as deputy economic counsellor at the French Embassy to the United Sates in Washington DC. He joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, Department of Foreign Trade, in 1998, where he successively worked as an expert on French-German economic relations, EU-enlargment issues, international trade finance negotiations (OECD, WTO, EU, G8).

He graduated from the French national school of administration (ENA) in 1998 and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.


“For years the WTO has flirted with ‘trade and’ agendas, whether it is trade and environment, gender, health, or development.  Addressing these intersections should not only be near the top of the WTO’s to-do list; it is the to-do list that would safeguard any future multilateral trading system.”

Bernice Lee is the Research Director, Futures and Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability at Chatham House. She was the Founding Director of the Hoffman Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy.’ She is also the Chair of the Chatham House Sustainability Accelerator Advisory Board.

An expert on the environment, the politics of climate change, innovation for sustainability, international trade and China, she is a member of the UK Global Resource Initiative Task Force, the UK Climate Change Committee’s International Advisory Group and the Energy Foundation China Board.

Bernice has previously been Director of Climate Change and Resource Security Initiatives at the World Economic Forum, Research Director for Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House and Team Leader of the EU–China Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security Project. She also held positions at the UN Secretary-General’s office, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) and served on CIFF’s Climate Change Advisory Board and Shell’s External Review Committee.

In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for services to UK–China climate change cooperation.

Her publications have been covered in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wired, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Caijing, Harvard Business Review and the Americas Quarterly.

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