Sharing Ideas, Connecting People
The Trade Policy Exchange is a multi-stakeholder platform that was launched in April 2019 to share ideas and connect trade professionals with the goal to promote an open debate on trade policy between international institutions, governments, civil society, business, and academia.
The Trade Policy Exchange promotes a diverse range of voices and aims to showcase fresh ideas and faces, with a strong commitment to diversity and gender equality. It also provides networking opportunities to facilitate the exchange of information and a platform for expert members to showcase their work.
In order to realize these objectives, the Trade Policy Exchange organizes events and informal gatherings where professionals from all corners of the international trade community can exchange ideas and share knowledge.
Its chapters in national capitals aim to narrow the information gap between discussions in Geneva and the stakeholders in business and civil society that are most affected by decisions in the WTO.
The Trade Policy Exchange is a non-profit initiative under the direction of a new generation of trade policy experts that come from a wide range of backgrounds.
Kholofelo Kugler (co-founder of the Trade Policy Exchange) is an international trade lawyer who works at the Advisory Centre on WTO (World Trade Organization) Law (ACWL) in Geneva, Switzerland. She provides legal advice on international trade law issues, represents Members in WTO disputes, and conducts training on various WTO law topics. In addition, she is a Visiting Research Fellow at the law school of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) where she lectures, publishes on international economic law issues, and supervises Masters theses on these topics.
Stéphanie Noël (co-founder of the Trade Policy Exchange) is the principal of S.Noël Law Office (Geneva) specialising in international trade matters. Her practice focuses on WTO law, trade defence, and issues pertaining to the negotiation, implementation of and compliance with preferential trade agreements. In addition, she serves as a member of the editorial board of the Global Trade & Customs Journal.
Nicolas Köhler-Suzuki (co-founder of the Trade Policy Exchange) is a policy advisor on international trade at International Trade Intelligence, a boutique consultancy for trade policy issues in Paris. He has worked with international organisations and national governments and provided expertise on the negotiation and implementation of multilateral and regional trade agreements. Prior to his advisory work, Nicolas was a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge with a focus on Indian trade agreements.
Iulianna Romanchyshyna is an international trade lawyer of Ukrainian origin, based in Brussels. She is specializing in WTO law and EU FTAs. She is a PhD candidate and Horizon 2020 Marie Curie fellow at the University of Passau. She focuses on free trade agreements, technical barriers to trade, standards, regulatory cooperation, e-commerce, sustainability, trade remedies.