Maarten Smeets

Senior Academy Associate
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  • Trade and Globalisation

Dr Maarten Smeets, a Dutch national, is Guest Professor at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE), China, the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, St Petersburg State University, Russia. He is a non resident senior fellow at the World Trade Institute (Bern, Switzerland), senior associate at the Clingendael Academy (Den Haag, Netherlands), a fellow of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (Maastricht University, Netherlands). He is a member of the steering committee of the G-20 Trade and Investment Research Network (TIRN), a senior advisor to the WTO Chairs at the SUIBE (Shanghai) and UIBE (Beijing), the WTO Chair at the Foreign Trade University (FTU, Hanoi, Vietnam), the National University (UNA) in Costa Rica, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED, Tashkent, Uzbekistan), National University (NUL) in Lesotho, as well as to ARTNeT (UNESCAP). He is a consultant for USAID to Uzbekistan and Central Asia. He managed the WTO Chairs Program (WCP) at the World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, working with leading scholars and think tanks from around the world. He chaired the WCP’s Advisory Board Meetings. He headed a section at the WTO’s Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation (ITTC), designing, coordinating and implementing field-based trade capacity building programsHe advises senior government officials and policy makers on trade. He teaches trade and trade policy courses at Universities on all continents. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at international conferences and organizes webinars on current WTO’s trade negotiations and reforms. He has published in leading journals and authored, edited, co-edited and reviewed books on current trade issues (WTO reforms, digital trade, inclusive growth, trade policy and globalization, sanctions, WTO accession, structural reforms, AfCFTA, developing countries, plurilateral trade agreements). He is/was a member of several boards, including the IMF led Joint Vienna Institute (JVI). He holds a PhD from the Faculty of Law (Maastricht University), a master's degree in economics, finance and international trade (Tilburg University), and degrees from the Graduate Institute (Geneva) and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA-Paris).

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