Permanent Mission of the European Union to
the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Workshop on Women in Digital Trade, 1st July 2019

28/06/2019 - 00:00

Hosted by the European Union, Trinidad & Tobago and Senegal, in cooperation with WTO, UNCTAD and International Trade Centre WTO building room W, Geneva, 1st July 2019 10:00 – 18:00

Draft progamme

10:00 – 10:45

Opening session – setting the scene  


  • Welcome words by the hosts: Ambassador Vanheukelen (EU), Ambassador Antoine Cambridge (Trinidad & Tobago) and Ambassadeur Seck (Senegal)




  • Roberto Azevêdo, Director General, WTO
  • Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General,  UNCTAD
  • Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre  


10h45 – 15h00

(with lunchbreak)

Session 1:  The Big Picture for women in digital trade: current status and trends, opportunities, challenges and key issues  




Session 1 Panel 1 - moderator: Ambassador Makeda Antoine-Cambridge, Trinidad & Tobago




  • Javier Lopez-Gonzalez, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, OECD
  • Michael Ferratino, Lead Economist, Global Product Specialist, Trade Policy and Integration, World Bank Group
  • Ankai Xu, Research Economist, WTO      


12h00- 14h00


***************Lunch break****************


14h00 -15h00

Session 1 Panel 2 - moderator: Madelaine Tuininga, Head of Unit, DG TRADE, European Commission  



  • Mark Wu, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Harvard
  • Frances Lisson, Ambassador to the WTO, Australia
  • Candace Nkoth Bisseck, eTrade for Women Project Manager, UNCTAD
  • Oonagh Fitzgerald, Center for International Governance Innovation  


15h00 – 17h00

Session 2:  Women in digital trade from the practitioners perspective:   real life stories, good practices; about challenges and overcoming them.




15h00 – 16h00

Session 2 - Panel 1 - moderator: Kimberley Botwright, World Economic Forum (WEF)




  • James Howe, Senior Advisor, International Trade Centre
  • Annika Lucien, Head of Business for Northern Europe,  Evaneos
  • Suzette Hudson, Senior Advisor, Investment Promotion, Caribbean Export Development Agency
  • Nafy Diagne, Fondatrice AWALEBIZ



Session 2 - Panel 2 - moderator: Ambassador Stephen de Boer, Canada 




  • Nina Angelovska,
  • Olivier Prothmann,President, Bundesverband Onlinehandel e.V.
  • Evelyn Namara, Founder & GEOVouch Digital
  • Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia/Ms Foye Omole, KOWGO project


17h00– 17h30

Closing session: key take-aways: Closing remarks by the moderators



17h30  – 19h00

Networking reception, Gallery, WTO





WTO Building, Room W
Centre William Rappard
154, rue de Lausanne