Maarten Smeets

Senior Academy Associate
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  • Trade and Globalisation

Maarten Smeets is head of section at the Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation (ITTC) in the WTO, managing the WTO Chairs Program (WCP) and working with leading scholars and academics from universities around the world. At the ITTC he also coordinates field-based trade capacity building programs.

He holds a PhD from the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University, a master's degree in economics, finance and international trade from Tilburg University, a post-doctoral degree from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a diploma from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA-Paris).

He is a Senior Academy Associate at the Clingendael Academy (the Hague), a Senior Fellow at the World Trade Institute (Bern), an Associate Professor at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE), a guest professor at the UIBE (Peking), honorary professor at the International University of Kyrgystan (IUK) and a Fellow from Salzburg Seminar (Austria).

He is a frequent lecturer at universities and training institutes on all continents. He has published extensively articles in leading journals on current trade issues (globalization, economic sanctions, WTO accession) and contributed to and co-edited several books. Based on his PhD research findings, he is working on his second book addressing the challenges of the WTO Multilateral Trading System.

He coaches and mentors PhD students in Geneva, the Netherlands, South Africa and the Russian Federation. He is on the board of several institutions, including the IMF led Joint Vienna Institute (JVI) and a member of societies and alumni networks. Before joining the WTO, he worked for many years in the Trade Directorate of the OECD (Paris) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands.

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