Speakers

Jacques de Werra, Vice-Chancellor, University of Geneva and Professor of Law

Jacques de WerraJacques de Werra is Professor of contract law and intellectual property law at the Law School of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He authored a doctoral thesis in Swiss and comparative copyright law which he completed as a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich in 1996. He then practiced law in Switzerland, before obtaining an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in New York City in 2001 and being admitted to the New York bar in 2002. Jacques researches, publishes and discusses on topics related to various aspects of intellectual property law, contract law, particularly on the commercialization of intellectual property assets with the use of transfer of technology, licensing and franchising, IT and Internet law, as well as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for IP and technology disputes. He is the coordinator of the WIPO - University of Geneva Summer school on Intellectual Property for the University of Geneva. Jacques is the editor of a scientific books series, propriété intellectuelle - intellectual property, in which the proceedings of annual intellectual property law conferences held at the University of Geneva are published (journées de droit de la propriété intellectuelle). He is now doing research on the topic of intellectual property contracts and most particularly on licensing contracts from a comparative and policy perspective.

Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of the International Law Research Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada (CIGI)

Oonagh FitzgeraldAs director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald oversees its international economic, environmental, intellectual property law and innovation research agenda. She has extensive experience as a senior executive in the federal government, providing legal services and leadership in international law. As national security coordinator for the Department of Justice Canada from 2011 to 2014, Oonagh ensured strategic leadership and integration of the department’s policy, advisory and litigation work related to national security. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces legal adviser, leading a large, full-service corporate counsel team for this globally engaged, combined military and civilian institution. Before this, Oonagh served as acting chief legal counsel for the Public Law Sector of the Department of Justice and special adviser for International Law. Oonagh served as assistant secretary Legislation, House Planning/Counsel at the Privy Council Office from 2000 to 2003. Prior to this, she held various positions in the Department of Justice: senior general counsel and director general, Human Resources Development Canada Legal Services Unit; general counsel and director, International Law and Activities Section; senior counsel for Regulatory Reform; and legal adviser, Human Rights Law Section. Oonagh has a B.A. (honours) of fine arts from York University (1977). She obtained her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School (1981), and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983. She obtained an LL.M. from the University of Ottawa (1990), her S.J.D. from the University of Toronto (1994), and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University (2007).

Mario Matus, Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization 

Mario Matus, Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property OrganizationMario Matus is Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and to the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) since October 2005. He is currently Chair of the WTO General Council. He has also chaired the Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session and the Working Group on the accession of Ukraine to the WTO. He previously served as Director for Bilateral and Multilateral Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief Trade Negotiator of the Chilean FTAs with China, European Union, EFTA, Korea, Trade Coordinator for Chile-US and Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), as well as APEC Senior Official (2000-2005) and Chair of various Groups. Chair of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG). From 1994 to 1998 he was Minister in charge of Trade at the Embassy of Chile to the United States in Washington D.C. His other posts have been Trade Advisor to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs (1992-1993) and Delegate to the GATT during the Uruguay Round negotiations (1987-1991). He has been Professor and Visiting Professor of Law and International Relations in various universities in Chile and the United States. He has a Law degree from Universidad de Chile (1980) and Law, Economics, and International Politics at Oxford University, Queen Elizabeth House, St. Edmund Hall (1986-1987).

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive Officer, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development 

Ricardo Melendez-OrtizRicardo Meléndez-Ortiz is co-founder of ICTSD and has been its Chief Executive since 1996. Previously, he co-founded and was General Director of Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito). He has represented Colombia as a negotiator in several multilateral fora, including as permanent delegate of Colombia in Geneva and as a negotiator in GATT’s Uruguay Round, the Rio’92 UN Conference process, UNCTAD VIII, the Climate Change Convention, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Montreal Protocol. He acted as spokesperson for the G77 in several fora and served as chair of the UN Standing Committees on Commodities and on Trade Preferences. Earlier, he had served as Principal Adviser to the Colombian Minister of Economic Development and as Chief of Administration of the Office of the President of Colombia. Since 1997, Mr. Meléndez-Ortiz has been the publisher of BRIDGES and its sister publications, and has edited, authored and published a wide range of books, articles and opinion pieces in English, French and Spanish on economic governance, trade, sustainable development and conflict management. He has served or currently sits on advisory committees and the boards of a number of global policy initiatives, including as Member of the Board of Intellectual Property Watch (Geneva); the Operating Board of AccountAbility (London); the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Trade and WEF’s Working Group on Trade and Climate Change; The Pardee Center Task Force on Governance for a Green Economy (U of Boston); The Center for Global Development’s Global Trade Preference Working Group (Washington, DC); The Evian’s Group Brains Trust (IMD); the Global Governance Network of Globus et Locus (Milano); the Steering Committees of DfID’s Global Trade and Finance Architecture Initiative and of UN DESA’s Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership (New York), a Patron of the Earth Focus Foundation (Geneva); in the recent past he served as Chair of the Global Action Network’s Council (Cambridge, MA); and member of the U.N. Secretary General Millennium Project Task Force on Trade; the WTO’s Director General NGO Advisory Group; and the MOFCOM/IISD China Sustainable Development and Global Markets Task Force. Mr. Meléndez-Ortiz, a graduate of Harvard University, has recently co-authored Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) with A. Najam and M. Halle, and co-edited Rebuilding Global Trade: Proposals for A Fairer, More Sustainable Future (Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford U. and ICTSD, 2009) with C. Deere. He holds Colombian and Belgian nationalities and is a resident of Switzerland where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Rubens Ricupero, Former Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Rubens Ricupero, Former Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and DevelopmentMr. Ricupero is a Brazilian academic, diplomat, prolific writer and expert in international relations. He was UNCTAD´s fifth Secretary-General from 1995 to 2004. Previously, during a long career with the Brazilian government, he was Minister of the Environment and Amazonian Affairs, before becoming Minister of Finance in 1994, where he supervised the launching of the Brazilian economic stabilisation programme. His diplomatic posts have included Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (1987-1991); Ambassador to the United States of America (1991-1993); and Ambassador to Italy (1995). At GATT between 1989 and 1991, he served as Chairman of the GATT Council of Representatives; Chairman of the GATT Contracting Parties; Chairman of the GATT Committee on Trade and Development; and Chairman and Spokesman of the GATT Informal Group of Developing Countries. Mr. Ricupero also headed the Brazilian delegations to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the Conference on Disarmament, both in Geneva, and served as Chairman of the Finance Committee at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 1992. He was a Professor of Theory of International Relations at the University of Brasília from 1979 to 1995 and Professor of History of Brazilian Diplomatic Relations at the Rio Branco Institute from 1980 to 1995. Ricupero received a Bachelor in Law from the University of São Paulo in 1959. He graduated (1964) from the Institute Rio Branco, a branch of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, and speaks Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian, and reads German.

Taffere Tesfachew, Former Director, ALDC Division, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Taffere Tesfachew, Former Director, ALDC Division, United Nations Conference on Trade and DevelopmentMr. Taffere Tesfachew was appointed as Director, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in October 2011. Previously, he worked as Chief of the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from September 2005, and headed the organization's Strategy and Policy Coordination Unit and served as its Spokesperson. Prior to that role Mr. Tesfachew headed UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Review Section, where he worked on five national policy reviews, leading field missions, presenting reports and raising and managing funds. His prior position was as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD, providing policy and political clearance, drafting statements, preparing technical policy papers and delivering substantive support to the intergovernmental process. He has also worked for the International Labour Office as a researcher and teaching fellow. Mr. Tesfachew holds an MPhil and a DPhil in development economics from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He has published on a wide range of topics, including investment and enterprise development, technology transfer, innovation, industrial policy, and terms of trade.

Christophe Geiger, Professor of Law, Director General of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies at the University of Strasbourg

Christophe GeigerChristophe Geiger is Professor of Law, Director General and Director of the Research Department of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg (France). In addition, he is an affiliated senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich (Germany) as well as Spangenberg Fellow at the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland (US). He specializes in national, European, international and comparative intellectual property law, acts as external expert for the European Parliament and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), has drafted reports on IP for the European and international institutions and taught as visiting professor in several universities. He is also General Editor of the Collection of the CEIPI published by LexisNexis, co-editor of the EIPIN series published by Edward Elgar, co-editor of the CEIPI-ICTSD Publication Series on “Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System” and member of the editorial board of several journals on IP law.

Maria Julia Oliva, Senior Coordinator for Policy and Technical Support, Union for Ethical Biotrade, The Netherlands 

Maria Julia OlivaMaria Julia Oliva has served as Senior Coordinator for Policy and Technical Support at the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) since 2009. In this capacity, she provides training, advice and technical support for UEBT members and partners on issues such as equitable trade practices and access and benefit sharing. Julia has held several positions in international organizations and published widely on the interface between sustainability, trade and intellectual property. She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the Board of Directors of IP-Watch, an independent reporting service on intellectual property issues. She has a law degree from the University of Mendoza and a Masters of Laws (LL.M) in environmental law, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.

Chidi Oguamanam, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Chidi OugumanamDr. Oguamanam joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa as an Associate Professor in July 2011 where he is affiliated with the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. He teaches Contract law, Intellectual Property and Human Rights, Agricultural Knowledge Systems, Biodiversity and Food Security. Before his academic career, Dr. Oguamanam practised intellectual property and corporate law prior to embarking on graduate studies at the University of British Columbia where he obtained his LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees in law. He began his academic career as a fellow of Canada Institutes of Health Research Program in Health Law and Ethics of Health Research at Dalhousie University in 2003. In 2004, he joined Dalhousie Law School (now Schulich School of Law) where he taught several courses including Contract and Judicial Decision-Making, Commercial Law (Sale of Goods), Law and Technology, Advanced Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property and Commercialization Placement, etc. In 2008, he became an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve Law School, Cleveland, OH where he taught Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Knowledge and International Law. At Dalhousie University, Dr. Oguamanam had administrative responsibility as acting and subsequently the substantive director of the Law and Technology Institute (2007-2011).  He is called to the Bar in Nigeria and Canada and is a member of Nigerian Bar Association and Nova Scotia’s Barristers’ Society. Professor Oguamanam has diverse interdisciplinary research interests in the areas of global knowledge governance in general, especially as manifested in the dynamics of intellectual property and technology law with emphasis on biodiversity, biotechnology, including agricultural biotechnology. In addition to public speaking engagements nationally and internationally, Dr. Oguamanam provides technical and expert consulting and support services in his areas of work for states and sub-state actors, intergovernmental bodies, Indigenous and local communities in developed and newly industrializing countries and elsewhere. 

Pedro Roffe, Director of the UNCTAD-ICTSD Project on Intellectual Property and Development

Pedro Roffe, Director of the UNCTAD-ICTSD Project on Intellectual Property and DevelopmentPedro Roffe is currently a Senior Fellow in ICTSD. He was staff member of UNCTAD, Geneva, from 1973-2003. His work centred on intellectual property, foreign investment, transfer of technology and international economic negotiations. Pedro served as Director of the UNCTAD-ICTSD Programme on Intellectual Property and Development and subsequently Senior Associate to the Innovation and Intellectual Property programme in ICTSD until December 2016. He is the author and co-author of articles and books and responsible for numerous collective publications. Among those he has had a leading a role: Abuses of patent monopoly: A Legal Appraisal; The role of the patent system in the transfer of technology to developing countries; The TRIPS Agreement and Developing Countries; International Technology Transfer: The Origins and Aftermath of the United Nations Negotiations on a Draft Code of Conduct; Bilateral Agreements and a TRIPS-Plus World: the Chile-USA Free Trade Agreement; Resource Book on TRIPS and Development; Negotiating Health: Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines; America Latina y la Nueva Arquitectura Internacional de la Propiedad Intelectual; The ACTA and the Plurilateral Enforcement Agenda: Genesis and Aftermath, Protecting Traditional Knowledge: The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. Pedro Roffe graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Universidad de Chile and completed postgraduate studies at New York University, Europa Institute (University of Amsterdam) and the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva). He is married, has two daughters and four granddaughters.

Maximiliano Santa Cruz, Director Nacional, Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial de Chile (INAPI)    

Maximiliano Santa CruzMaximiliano Santa Cruz (1970) is the National Director of Chile‘s National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI). Since his appointment in 2009, INAPI has turned into a reference institution, with a special focus on technology transfer and innovation. Since October 2014 INAPI has been functioning as one of the 22 International Searching Authorities (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authorities (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the only one in Latin America working in Spanish. Santa Cruz has a balanced and comprehensive view of intellectual property and believes it is a key tool for achieving economic and social development. In this sense, in the past years INAPI has been playing an important role in public policy discussions and being an active player of the Chilean innovation system. Before heading INAPI Santa Cruz dealt with intellectual property issues at the Mission of Chile to the WTO and WIPO from 2005 to 2009. During his employment in Geneva he acted as Chair of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents for two periods. From 1999 to 2004 Santa Cruz worked at the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In May of 2017 Santa Cruz was reelected as the Chair of the PCT Working Group for a second period. He also chairs the Expert Advisory Group of the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), a United Nations backed organization offering a public-health driven business model that aims to lower the prices of HIV, tuberculosis and Hepatitis C medicines and facilitate the development of better-adapted medicines, such as simplified HIV “fixed-dose combinations” and special formulations for children. He holds a law degree from the Universidad de Chile and an Ll.M. from the University of San Francisco and teaches intellectual property at the Universidad Católica and the Universidad de Chile.

Fred Abbott, Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law, Florida State University College of Law

Fred AbbottFrederick Abbott was a member of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) to the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicines appointed in late 2015. He is Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Health Law of the International Law Association, having served as Rapporteur for the Committee on International Trade Law from the inception of its work in 1993 to its conclusion in 2014. He is consultant to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program and other multilateral institutions. Professor Abbott regularly serves as panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford) and on the Editorial Board of the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers Series, Geneva. He is former Chair of the American Society of Law Intellectual Property Interest Group and the International Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and former Director of the American Society of International Law Research Project on Human Rights and International Trade. He has served on the Panel of Experts of UNCTAD’s Program on the Settlement of Disputes in International Trade, Investment and Intellectual Property, and as consultant for the UNCTAD/ICTSD Project on Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development. He has served as Chair of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics. Professor Abbott has served as expert advisor to a number of governments, both developed and developing, on matters involving intellectual property rights, international trade, public health, transfer of technology and related subject matter. He has served as counsel in dispute settlement proceedings at the World Trade Organization.

Ahmed Abdel-Latif, Chief, Office of the Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Ahmed Abdel-LatifAhmed Abdel Latif is currently Chief, Office of the Director General, IRENA, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Previously, he was Senior Programme Manager for Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property at ICTSD (2007-2015). As an Egyptian career diplomat he worked at the Permanent Mission of Egypt in Geneva (2000-2004) where he was a delegate to the TRIPS Council and to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He has taken an active part in international debates on intellectual property, innovation, development and public policy. He holds an LL.M in Public International Law (LSE), a BA in Political Science (American University in Cairo) and the Diplôme of Sciences Po-Paris.

Bassem Awad, Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada (CIGI)

Bassem Awad, Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and InnovationBassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Bassem provides strategic guidance and operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Bassem, a specialist in intellectual property (IP) law, has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He works as a Head Tutor for the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization and teaches the advanced courses on IP rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario. He has also been working for several years as a consultant for the African Union on IP topics

Margaret Chon, Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, Seattle University School of Law

Margaret ChonSince joining the Seattle University faculty in 1996, Margaret Chon has been a dedicated scholar and teacher of intellectual property and critical theory. She is currently the Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, and formerly Associate Dean for Research. Her current scholarship explores the global governance dimensions of intellectual property, especially their distributional consequences. During the 2011-12 year, she was the Senior Global Emile Noël Research Fellow in the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at New York University School of Law. Following graduation from law school in 1986, Chon worked for a year as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She then clerked for the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and practiced intellectual property law with Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia. Immediately prior to her first academic appointment, she served in an administrative clerkship with Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where she assisted in the revision of the local Third Circuit rules. Throughout her professional career, she has been and continues to be active in various community and professional organizations. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Carlos Correa, Professor, University of Buenos Aires

Carlos CorreaDr. Carlos Maria Correa is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Industrial Property and Economics and of the Post-graduate Course on Intellectual Property at the Law Faculty, University of Buenos Aires and professor of the Master Program on Science and Technology Policy and Management of the same university. He is Special Advisor on Trade and Intellectual Property of the South Centre and has been a visiting professor in post-graduate courses of several universities and consultant to UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNDP, WHO, FAO, IDB, INTAL, World Bank, SELA, ECLA, UNDP, and other regional and international organizations. He has advised several governments on intellectual property, innovation policy and public health. He was a member of the UK Commission on Intellectual Property, of the Commission on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Public Health established by the World Health Assembly and of the FAO Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture. 

Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford University 

Carolyn Deere BirkbeckDr. Carolyn Deere Birkbeck is a Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford where she conducts research on global economic governance. Dr. Deere Birkbeck is also the founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Intellectual Property Watch – the world’s leading news service on international intellectual property policy debates. In 2011, she was the lead author of the first independent External Review of WIPO’s assistance to developing countries, called for by the organisation’s Member States as part of the WIPO Development Agenda. She was then commissioned by WIPO to conduct an External Review of the WIPO Academy, which was completed in early 2013. Dr. Deere Birkbeck previously served as an Assistant Director at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, where she was responsible for its grant making on intellectual property, trade and development, and was the Manager of the Congressional Staff Forum on International Development at the Overseas Development Council in Washington, D.C. Dr. Deere Birkbeck holds a DPhil in International Relations (University College, Oxford) and an MA in International Relations (Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)). Her publications include The World Intellectual Property Organization: A Reference Guide (Edward Elgar Press, 2016) and The Implementation Game: The TRIPS Agreement and the Global Politics of Intellectual Property Reform in Developing Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Graham Dutfield, Professor of International Governance, University of Leeds School of Law Leeds University

Graham DutfieldDr. Dutfield is a member of the IPBio Network based at Leeds, and previously served on the scientific advisory board of a Canadian synthetic biology project called PhytoMetaSyn. He has a DPhil from Oxford University. Dr. Dutfield has presented his research at various institutions around the world, including the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Yale University, Boston University, Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada), NALSAR (India), and the World Bank. He has advised governments including those of Brazil, Ghana, Namibia, Saint Lucia and Zambia, as well as the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry of the South African Parliament. Dr. Dutfield’s research on intellectual property crosses several disciplines, including law, history, politics, economics and anthropology. Other research areas include intellectual property and access to knowledge, human rights, sustainable development, health, agriculture, genetics, biotechnology, traditional knowledge and folklore, bioprospecting, and indigenous peoples' rights.

Dominique Foray, Professor and Chair, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Dominique ForayDominique Foray is Full Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and holds the Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation (CEMI). He is a member of the National Research Council (Switzerland); the Advisory Board of the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF); the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council; and a foreign member of the Center of Capitalism and Society (Columbia University, New York). He is also a new member of the Expert Commission for Research and Innovation of Germany. From 2008 to 2011, he served as chairman of the expert group “Knowledge for Growth”; a group of prominent economists created to advise Commissioner J. Potocnik (European Commission, DG research). This is during his service as member of this Group that he developed the concept of smart specialisation (together with P.A.David and B.Hall) that is now a key policy mechanism of the EU (cohesion policy). D. Foray’s research interests include all topics and issues related to the economics and management of technology, knowledge and innovation at both the micro and macro levels. This broad field covers the economics of science and technology with a particular focus on high tech sectors, the management of large-scale technological projects, international comparisons of institutions, and systems of innovation within the context of the new economy. Intellectual property and competition policies, information technology and the new economy, capital market and entrepreneurship, national systems of innovation are fields of high relevance in his research.

Padmashree Gehl Sampath, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, Switzerland; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Aalborg, Denmark

Padmashree Gehl SampathDr. Padmashree Gehl Sampath currently works at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the team that produces UNCTAD’s main flagship, the Trade and Development Report, prior to which she led the Technology and Innovation Report Series of UNCTAD for several years. She is adjunct professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Aalborg with a wide area of work on innovation, technology and development issues. Previously, she has worked as a Researcher at the United Nations University-MERIT (2002-2007) and then as an Assistant Professor on International Development and Innovation at the Open University, UK (2007-2008). She has an extensive publications record, including several journal publications, chapters in books and five published books. She is on several boards, including the reviewing board of the Swiss Research Council, and has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009 and the Rotary International in India for ‘Outstanding Achievements’ in 2010.

Henning Grosse Ruse–Khan, Lecturer and Fellow at King's College,  Cambridge University

Henning Grosse Ruse-KhanIn 2013, Dr Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan joined the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL) at Cambridge as a University Lecturer and is a Fellow at King’s College. He is also a Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. In addition to his position at the University of Cambridge, Henning is an external research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich and at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (McGill University, Montreal). Henning teaches IP and WTO Law at the University of Cambridge and further at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI, Strasbourg) and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre (MIPLC). He is member of the editorial board of the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC) and co-founder of the international IP network at the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). He advises international organisations, NGOs as well as developing- and developed country governments on international IP, WTO and investment law issues. Henning previously worked as a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute, as a lecturer in international trade law at the University of Leicester (United Kingdom) and a research fellow on IT and Media Law at the University of Muenster (Germany). Henning has also acted as a visiting scholar on WTO-, international trade- and IP law at Universities in Islamabad, Pakistan (2004-2005), Frankfurt, Germany (2007), and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011). He taught IP and international economic law at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and at the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation (IMPRS CI).

Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO 

Francis GurryFrancis Gurry is an Australian lawyer who has served as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since October 1, 2008. He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge and is an honorary professor of, and holds honorary doctorates from, universities in a wide range of countries. He is the author of a number of publications, one of which has become a standard legal text in the UK and is published by Oxford University Press as Gurry on Breach of Confidence. After leaving private practice in 1976, Mr Gurry was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Melbourne, a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Dijon, and held various positions in the Secretariat of WIPO, including Legal Counsel, Assistant Director General and Deputy Director General. He has also served as Chair of the High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board (CEB) since 2012. 

Keith Maskus, Chief Economist, U.S State Department/Professor University of Colorado at Boulder

Keith MaskusDr. Keith E. Maskus is the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of State, where he leads research and analysis on a wide range of international economic and security topics relevant to U.S. foreign policy. These include global economic growth, financial stability, sanctions, trade, energy and climate change. He also represents the Department at numerous bilateral and multilateral fora on economic and security issues. Dr. Maskus is also an Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction and Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He was Associate Dean for Social Sciences at CU Boulder from 2007-2013. He has been a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. He is also a Research Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Fellow at the Kiel Institute for World Economics, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Adelaide and the University of Bocconi, and a visiting scholar at the CES-Ifo Institute at the University of Munich and the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University. He serves also as a consultant for the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Maskus recently chaired a panel of the National Academy of Sciences on intellectual property management in standards-setting organizations. Maskus received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 1981 and has written extensively about various aspects of international trade. His current research focuses on the international economic aspects of protecting intellectual property rights. He is the author of Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy, published by the Institute for International Economics, and co-editor of International Public Goods and the Transfer of Technology under a Globalized Intellectual Property Regime, published by Cambridge University Press. 

Duncan Matthews, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University, London

Duncan Mathews, Professor of Intellectual Property Laws, Queen Mary University, LondonProfessor Duncan Matthews is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. He has held academic positions as a lecturer in law at the University of Warwick and as a research fellow at the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, also at the University of Warwick. He has worked as a researcher at a policy think-tank (the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, London) and as an EU lobbyist. He has acted as an advisor to: Directorate General Trade of the European Commission; the ECAP II EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Co-operation Programme; the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the European Parliament Committee on International Trade; the European Patent Office (EPO); the UK Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP); and the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Expert Advisory Group on Trade and Development. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Education Committee and also worked with the Centre for the Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research and Development (MIHR) on an IP Handbook of Best Practices. He is co-founder of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN).

Ruth L. Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law and McKnight Endowed Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota Law School

Ruth L. OkedijiProfessor Ruth L. Okediji is the William L. Prosser Professor of Law and a McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches contracts, international intellectual property (IP), copyright, trademarks, and IP and development. Okediji is a foremost expert on international IP law and international economic regulation. Before joining the Law School in 2003, she was the Edith Gaylord Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and she served on the Oklahoma Public Employee Relations Board at the appointment of Gov. Frank Keating. She has been a visiting professor at Duke University School of Law, the University of Haifa Law School, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and the University of Tilburg Law School; she has held visiting research positions at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Patent, Copyright, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law in Munich, Germany. From 2015 to 2016, she was the Hieken Visiting Professor in Patent Law at Harvard Law School. Okediji’s scholarship focuses on issues of innovation policy, economic development, and global knowledge governance in the context of international institutions and public international law. Professor Okediji has served as a policy advisor on the impact of IP protection on development goals for many governments and inter-governmental organizations. She also has been a consultant for the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, the U.N. Development Program, and the World Intellectual Property Organization and has directed research and technical assistance projects in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. In 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Okediji to the High Level Panel on Access to Medicines. Professor Okediji will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured professor and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center in July 2017.

Jerome H. Reichman, Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law Duke University Law School

Jerome H. ReichmanJerome H. Reichman is Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law at Duke Law School. He has written and lectured widely on diverse aspects of intellectual property law, including comparative and international intellectual property law and the connections between intellectual property and international trade law. His articles in this area have particularly addressed the problems that developing countries face in implementing the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). On this and related themes, he and Keith Maskus have recently published a book entitled International Public Goods and Transfer of Technology Under a Globalized Intellectual Property Regime. Other recent writings have focused on intellectual property rights in data; the appropriate contractual regime for online delivery of computer programs and other information goods; and on the use of liability rules to stimulate investment in innovation. Professor Reichman serves as special advisor to the United States National Academies and the International Council for Science (ICSU) on the subject of legal protection for databases. He is a consultant to numerous intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations; a member of the Board of Editors, Journal of International Economic Law; and on the Scientific Advisory Board of II Diritto di Autore (Rome).

Susan Sell, Professor, School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University

Susan SellSusan K. Sell is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of California – Berkeley. She taught at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate School before joining the George Washington University. There, she was a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. She served as Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington from 2007-2012. Susan’s research interests include international political economy, trade, economic development, intellectual property, and investment. She focuses on the global governance of public health, food sovereignty, education and climate change. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of International Studies Quarterly; the Review of International Political Economy; the European journal of International Relations, and Global Governance. She serves on the Board of Geneva-based IP-Watch, a reporting service targeted at under-resourced negotiating delegations. Professor Sell has been a consultant for the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the World Health Organization. In 2015-2016 she was appointed to the Expert Advisory Group for the United Nations Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Public Health and Access to Medicines.

Xavier Seuba, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg

Xavier SeubaXavier Seuba is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg, France. At CEIPI he is Academic Coordinator and Judicial Training Manager, and coordinates the CEIPI-BETA Project on the Law & Economics of Intellectual Property.He studied Law in Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and, after completing a master degree and an Advanced Studies Diploma in International Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2003), he received his doctorate in 2008 from this university with a thesis on health protection and the international regulation of pharmaceutical products. He teaches courses in various European and American universities for graduate and postgraduate students on Public International Law, International Economic Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Human Rights law, and International Health Law. His areas of technical expertise include pharmaceutical policies and law, intellectual property law and technical standards regulation. In the area of intellectual property law, he predominantly works on issues related to patents and intellectual property enforcement. Xavier Seuba has advised several national governments on intellectual property and pharmaceuticals legislation, advising them on issues of policy design and in the context of free trade agreements negotiations. He has also been consultant for several international organizations, including the World Health Organization, the Panamerican Health Organization, the European Union (EBTC/ACC1Ó), the Interamerican Development Bank, the Central America Integration System, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development.

Christoph Spennemann, Legal Officer and Officer-in-Charge, Intellectual Property Unit, Division on Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, Switzerland

Christoph SpennemannChristoph Spennemann is a Legal Expert in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Intellectual Property Unit. He holds a master degree in international economic law and European law of the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva (Switzerland). He studied law at the universities of Passau and Freiburg (Germany) and Grenoble (France). After his bar examination, Mr. Spennemann practised law in a Berlin firm and joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2001. He deals with issues regarding intellectual property rights and their development implications. Mr. Spennemann's particular interests relate to patent and copyright law and the possibilities of striking an appropriate balance between exclusive rights and the public domain, with a view to promoting innovation and creativity. He has also published and co-authored various articles in the areas of patent law, geographical indications and trademark law.

Uma Suthersanen, Professor of International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University, London 

Uma SuthersanenDr. Uma Suthersanen holds a Chair in International Intellectual Property Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). She is the Academic Co-Director of the London LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme, as well as one of the Co-Directors of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute. She is the current editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s European Copyright and Design Reports, and a founding/current editor of Queen Mary Studies in Intellectual Property. She has served as a consultant and/or given evidence to UNCTAD, UNESCO, WIPO, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Governments of Israel and Singapore. She is a Visiting Overseas Fellow of the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore. Her analyses on innovation, second tier inventions, utility models, design and public domain have been cited extensively, including in the UNCTAD’s Least Developed Countries Report 2007, and in the World Trade Organization’s Working Paper on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Export Diversification: the Application of Utility Model Laws (2014). She is the lead author of the European Commission’s Legal review on industrial design protection in Europe, 2016; the Primary Investigator and one of the lead authors of the report Innovation without Patents: Harnessing the Creative Spirit in a Diverse World, commissioned by the Singapore I.P. Academy (2007); and the author of the report Utility Models and Innovation in Developing Countries, commissioned by United Nations Conference on Trade & Development and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (2006). She has been a visiting professor to institutions around the world, including the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota), Université Robert Schuman (France), University of Maastricht (Netherlands), University of Western Ontario (Canada), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University (Macedonia), and University of Washington, St. Louis (USA).

Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization

Antony TaubmanAntony Taubman is currently Director, Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization, with responsibility for the WTO’s programs on intellectual property, competition policy and government procurement.  From 2002 to 2009, he was Director, Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of WIPO (including the Traditional Knowledge Division and Life Sciences Program), covering a wide range of programs on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, the life sciences, and related global issues including the environment, climate change, human rights, food security, bioethics and indigenous issues.  After a diplomatic career, he left the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2001 to join the newly-formed Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, at the Australian National University, teaching and researching on international IP law. From 1998 to 2001, he was Director of the International Intellectual Property Section of DFAT, and in that capacity was engaged in multilateral and bilateral negotiations on intellectual property issues, domestic policy development, regional cooperation, and TRIPS dispute settlement.  He authored a training handbook on intellectual property and biotechnology, a monograph on the TRIPS Agreement and a comprehensive study on its implementation, and a range of academic and general publications on international intellectual property law and policy. He has held postgraduate teaching appointments at several universities include the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and the Queensland University of Technology.  In 2008, the Rockefeller Foundation awarded him a Bellagio residential fellowship for his work on TRIPS and public policy issues.

Jayashree Watal, Counsellor, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization 

Jayashree WatalMs. Watal is Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization from February 2001, where she has dealt with negotiations on TRIPS and public health. She has more than twenty two years of experience in government in India, of which ten years was devoted to policy, diplomacy, research and administration on intellectual property rights, including representing India in the TRIPS negotiations. She has researched and published on issues related to intellectual property rights, including a book Intellectual Property Rights in the WTO and Developing Countries (Oxford University Press, India and Kluwer Law International, 2001). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Development at Harvard University (2000) and at the Institute for International Economics, Washington DC (Oct. 1998-August 2000) and at the George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (1997- 2000). She worked in the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce as Director, Trade Policy Division, New Delhi (1995-1998). She has a post-master's degree in trade law (DESS) from the University of Paris-V; M.A. in Economics from Gokhale Institute for Politics and Economics, Pune, India; and a B.A. from Fergusson College, Pune, India.

Peter Yu, Professor of Law and Director, Center of Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University School of Law 

Peter YuPeter K. Yu is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law. Before joining Texas A&M University, he held the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and was the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School. He served as Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China and a visiting professor of law at Hanken School of Economics, the University of Haifa, the University of Helsinki, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Strasbourg and Washington and Lee University.  He also founded the nationally renowned Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University, at which he held faculty appointments in law, communication arts and sciences, and Asian studies. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Professor Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law.  He also writes and lectures extensively on international trade, international and comparative law, and the transition of the legal systems in China and Hong Kong.  A prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher, he is the author or editor of six books and more than 100 law review articles and book chapters.  He serves as the general editor of The WIPO Journal published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and chairs the Committee on International Intellectual Property of the American Branch of the International Law Association. Professor Yu has spoken at events organized by WIPO, the International Telecommunication Union, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Chinese, EU and U.S. governments and at leading research institutions from around the world.