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Chairs, Speakers, and Discussants’ Biographies

Mr. Ash became the Director of the OECD’s Trade & Agriculture Directorate in


2008, after serving as its Deputy Director over the previous nine years. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Ash held successively several director-level positions in various branches of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As Director General, Economic and Policy Analysis, Policy Branch, from 1995-1999, he provided strategic policy guidance to government on key trade policy issues during GATT/WTO negotiations; in the implementation of the URAA; and in the formulation of a government-wide Programme Review that resulted in major policy and organizational reforms. Ken Ash holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA (International Business and Resource Management) from Memorial University, Canada.

Mr. Langendorff is Co-Chair of the OECD’s Joint Working Party on Trade and Julius the Environment, and Deputy Head of the Unit “Environmental Agreements and


Trade” in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment.

Julius works on a wide range of trade & environment issues, including multilateral negotiations (e.g. environmental goods in the DDA), regional and bilateral Free Trade Agreements, trade-related sustainability impact assessments and export credits. Prior to joining the Environment Directorate General, he worked in the Commission's Industry and Enterprise Department, also on environmental policy. Julius Langendorff obtained a Master's Degree in International Relations from Groningen University in the Netherlands.

Mr. Vitalis is Co-Chair of the OECD’s Joint Working Party on Trade and the Vangelis VITALIS Environment. Recently appointed New Zealand's Deputy High Commissioner in Canberra, he has held various senior positions in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Until his appointment to the High Commission, he was the Acting Director of the Trade Negotiations Division. He has been a negotiator on rules, investment, development, labour and environment at the WTO and in various FTAs including with China, the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Mr. Linscott has served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment Mark LINSCOTT and Natural Resources since October 2003, after previously serving as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the same office since July 2002.

Mr. Linscott oversees all trade and environment issues for USTR, including related free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations, work in the World Trade Organization and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, environmental reviews of all trade negotiations, and USTR representation in meetings and activities under multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

Mr. Linscott also served six years (1996-2002) in the U.S. Mission to the WTO in Geneva, where he had diverse responsibilities, including negotiations on trade in services under the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Mark Linscott has a BA in economics from the University of Virginia and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Humbert is the European Business Development Manager for The Carbon Hervé HUMBERT Trust, an independent company established by the UK Government in 2001 to accelerate the move to a low-carbon economy. Hervé manages the Carbon Trust’s Product Carbon Footprinting and Labelling initiatives in Europe. He is co-ordinating efforts with leading manufacturers and retailers in Europe to assess their products’ carbon footprints. He is also working with key public stakeholders such as government bodies, NGOs, and professional trade associations to develop product carbon footprinting standards and methodologies. Hervé Humbert holds an MSc Industrial Control and Quality Management from Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and a MBA from IESE (Barcelona, Spain).

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