At a time when the world seems more fractured and countries are engaging in Trade Wars, a trading nation like Australia needs a steady hand at the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). As a result of the recent resignation of the current Director General, the world is searching for a new leader to navigate the quagmire and develop trade rules for the 21st Century.

The members of the WTO will elect a new Director General by the end of this year. Thanks to Ai Group’s membership of the Global Business Coalition, members will have the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates and ask questions on their vision for the WTO and global trade.

The webinars will be held over the coming weeks. The candidates and the individual registration links are below:

Mr Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova)

3 September, 9pm AEST

Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Moldova (2018-2019). Represented Moldova at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019, as the head of the delegation, and was the top Moldovan diplomat in Geneva from 2016-2018.

Link to full bio

Mrs Amina C. Mohamed (Kenya)

7 September, 9pm AEST

Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage of the Republic of Kenya, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Link to full bio

Mr Jesús Seade Kuri (Mexico)

7 September, 10pm AEST

Mexico's USMCA Chief Negotiator and Undersecretary for North America. Founding Deputy Director-General of WTO, and former Deputy Director-General of GATT.

Link to full bio

Mr Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt)

8 September, 10pm AEST

Former Director of Trade, Services & Investment at WTO. Trade Negotiator for Egypt, Senior Counsel with King & Spalding, and visiting professor at London University.

Link to full bio

Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria)

Webinar date and time TBD

Former Finance and Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria. Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and recently appointed as African Union (AU) Special Envoy to mobilise international support for the fight against COVID-19.

Link to full bio

Mrs Yoo Myung-hee (South Korea)

Webinar date and time TBD

Minister for Trade, Republic of Korea. Formerly Korea’s key FTA strategist and negotiator of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the Korea-China FTA and the Korea-US FTA.

Link to full bio

Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia)

Webinar date and time TBD

Minister advising on international and local economic strategic matters. Former Minister of Economy and Planning, responsible for interaction with international organizations and multilateral agencies.

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Dr Liam Fox (UK)

Webinar date and time TBD

Former UK Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.

Link to full bio