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Building back better with sustainable trade

Co-organized by UNESCAP, ARTNeT and the Hinrich Foundation

Event Details

27 October 2020 | 2:00 PM Hong Kong/Singapore

Join us as we launch the 2020 Sustainable Trade Index and examine the role of sustainable trade in building back better in a post-pandemic world.

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Sustainability was gaining traction in the years leading up to the covid-19 pandemic. The question now is whether the pandemic puts that progress in jeopardy.

Join us as we release the findings of the Hinrich Foundation’s 2020 Sustainable Trade Index and engage with leading experts to discuss the ways in which adopting a sustainable approach to trade can help policy makers build back better in terms of economic growth, environmental protection and social capital.

This live event is co-hosted with the UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT).

Speakers will include:

Moderator: Andrew Staples, Director of Research and Outreach, Hinrich Foundation

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About the Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index

Commissioned by the Hinrich Foundation, and constructed by The Economist Intelligence Unit, the Sustainable Trade Index measures the capacity of 20 economies – including 19 in Asia, and the United States as an external benchmark – to participate in the international trading system in a manner that supports the long-term domestic and global goals of economic growth, environmental protection and strengthened social capital. The 2020 edition of the index is the 3rd, following previous reports in 2016 and 2018.

Speakers bio

Six trade and globalization experts will be featured in this panel.

Mia Mikic

Mia Mikic

Director, Trade, Investment and innovation Division, United Nations ESCAP

Mia Mikic is Director, Trade, Investment and innovation Division in United Nations ESCAP. She also coordinates the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an open network of research and academic institutions and think-tanks in the Asia-Pacific region and covering all key means of implementation of the Sustainable development Goals.

Previously, she was Professor of International Economics at the University of Zagreb, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. She is the author of a number of reports, papers and has edited or co-edited several volumes, most recently with Bruno Jetin, ASEAN Economic Community – A model for Asia-wide regional integration? (2016). She oversees preparation of Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report, a flagship publication in area of trade and investment. Her current work focuses on the impacts of trade liberalization, services trade liberalization, non-tariff protection, frontier technologies use for inclusive future of work, and evidence-based policymaking in trade, investment and innovation. She has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Zagreb.

Chris Clague

Chris Clague

Managing editor/Global Editorial Lead, Trade and Globalization, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Chris Clague is managing editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in Asia.

He is an expert in international trade and trade policy and has also advised clients throughout the Asian region on the strategic implications of megatrends and political risk. He was a consultant in The EIU’s Tokyo office and was the project leader and editor for the EIU/Nikkei BP publication The World to 2050 (available in Japanese only). Prior to joining The EIU, he was a senior consultant and Director of China Operations for a boutique consulting firm that worked with governments and MNCs on issues related to international trade, investment, and commodities.

Chris holds an MSc in Asian Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a certificate in International Trade Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute’s summer academy. He provides regular commentary on trade and the Japanese economy to international media.

Susan Stone

Susan Stone

Head, Emerging Policy Issues Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Susan Stone heads the Emerging Policy Issues Division at the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD. Having joined the OECD as a Senior Trade Economist in 2009, she worked on a number of projects relating to trade, employment and non-tariff measures, in addition to leading the team that developed the OECD METRO model. In 2015, Ms Stone was seconded to UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division where she oversaw the implementation of the Commission’s work programme in the areas of trade, trade facilitation, regional trade agreements, foreign direct investment, SME development, technology and technology transfer, and innovation.

Ms Stone has worked extensively in the area of trade and environment policy and their interaction in the context of employment, global value chains, poverty reduction, investment, regulation and the digital economy. Her work has been published as national and multinational government reports, edited volumes, as well as in peer-reviewed journals.

Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Stone was a Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, a Research Manager at the Australian Productivity Commission in Melbourne and a Senior Analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. She also has experience working as a Financial Valuation Analyst in the private sector.

A dual United-States Australian national, Ms Stone holds a PhD in International Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance, both from Drexel University.

Sara Elder ILO

Sara Elder

Senior Economist, Head of the Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit, ILO APAC

Sara Elder is the Senior Economist and Head of the Regional Economic and Social Analysis (RESA) Unit in ILO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. RESA oversees multi-country, multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research and policy analysis related to key issues and themes of relevance to the Decent Work Agenda and its implementation in Asia and the Pacific. Sara spent five years as Chief Technical Advisor on the ILO Work4Youth Project and more than ten years working in the area of labor market information and analysis in the Employment Trends Unit. She has written extensively on issues of labor market transitions of young people, labor market and employment trends.

Jayant Menon

Jayant Menon

Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Jayant Menon, PhD is Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, following his early retirement from the ADB, where he was Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist.

He started work at Monash University at its original campus in Clayton, Melbourne. He has also worked at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University, the ADB Institute in Tokyo and the American University in Washington, DC. He holds adjunct appointments with the ANU, University of Nottingham, UK and IDEAS, Malaysia. He has served on the Advisory Boards of CDRI, Cambodia and University of Nottingham, Malaysia. He has authored/edited fifteen books, forty chapters in books and eighty articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Stephen Olson

Stephen Olson

Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Mr. Olson began his career in Washington DC as an international trade negotiator and served on the US negotiating team for the NAFTA negotiations.

He subsequently became president of the Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin Economic Council, and vice-chairman of Cairo-based ARTOC Group for investment and development. He is also a visiting scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from the State University of New York.