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Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi

Former Director General of WTO & Former Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Supachai Panitchpakdi''s career has spanned wide-ranging areas, starting off as an officer of the Bank of Thailand, he became Deputy Finance Minister, Commerce Minister, and twice Deputy Prime Minister. In between he assumed for some years the presidency role of a commercial bank, and chairman of several private corporations including an international insurance company. At present he is a board member of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, a founding member of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation, and recently appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve as the High Level Panel of Experts on Recosting.

Leading authority on developing new markets and globally renowned economist

Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi

In detail

His international career is noteworthy for the fact that he is the first representative of the developing countries to be appointed Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) (2002-2005) and follows that up with two terms as Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (2005-2013).

What he offers you

Dr Panitchpakdi carefully explains in his seminars the importance of international co-operation through sub-regional, regional and global frameworks. He shows audiences how to successfully conduct inter-national trade negotiations and how to develop new markets.

How he presents

A balanced and informative speaker, Dr Panitchpakdi''s presentations are filled with hard facts and real life examples presented in a clear and precise way.


He presents in English and Thai.

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  • World Trade and Development of Emerging Markets
  • Globalisation and Global Markets
  • Leadership


  • 2002
    China and the WTO: Changing China, Changing World Trade (co-authored with Mark Clifford)
  • 2001
    Globalization and Trade in the New Millennium

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