Dr Harsha Vardhana Singh

Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh has worked for over three decades on international trade policy, development, infrastructure regulation and global governance.

He is Executive Director, Brookings India (till end-2017), and Senior Fellow of the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises (Fletcher School, Tufts University UK). In early 2018, he will establish his own institute in Delhi, the “Institute for Trade and Industrial Policy”.

He was Deputy Director-General at World Trade Organization in Geneva for eight years from October 2005 to September 2013. His direct areas of responsibility included trade in agriculture, services, trade and environment, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and electronic commerce. Earlier, from mid-1985 onwards, he worked in the GATT/WTO Secretariat in Geneva for twelve years in Divisions dealing with Economic Research, Trade Policy Review, Rules, Trade and Environment, and finally the Cabinet of the Director General.


 John W.H. Denton AO is a Partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm.

A global leader in three arenas; a legal expert in the areas of government, workplace relations, and international trade and investment; a national business leader and an international adviser on global policy. His advice is sought by the nation’s most prominent corporations and by governments and international bodies alike.

John is Chair of the Business Council of Australia’s Global Engagement Taskforce; Board member of Asialink and The Australian Ballet; Chairman (emeritus) of the Experts Group on Trade and Investment in Indonesia and a founding member of the Australia China CEO Roundtable meetings.

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