Sherry Stephenson

Previously Senior Fellow with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Sherry M. Stephenson was a Senior Fellow with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva until the end of 2018. 

At the ICTSD she was responsible for the services programme and involved in the e15 Expert Groups on Services and Global Value Chains (www.e15initiative.org). Prior to that, she was Senior Advisor for Services Trade at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. and served as Director of the Department of Trade, and Deputy Director of the Trade Unit during the ten years of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations. She has been an Advisor to the Minister of Trade in Indonesia and held positions with the OECD as well as with the GATT and UNCTAD Secretariats. 

She is currently a member of the Services Group of the T20 Trade and Investment Working Group, supporting the G20 process. For four years she was a member of the Global Trade Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and has been involved in the international trade policy work of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), including providing support to the APEC process, for 25 years. She has advised governments on trade policy issues and taught courses in universities in the United States, Switzerland, France, India and Indonesia, and has lectured in several countries.  Her publications address in particular services trade, global value chains, regional economic integration, labor mobility and non-tariff barriers. She has edited three volumes on services trade and reform and published more than sixty articles. She received a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies/University of Geneva and a masters in Economics from New York University.