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Okonjo-Iweala Breaks Another Record At WTO, Names Two Women Deputy DG

Babajide Iletogun

The Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Tuesday broke another record at the Organisation with the appointment of two women among the new four Deputy Director-General for the WTO.

This is coming two months after Okonjo-Iweala’s resumption as DG of the organisation.

It is the first time in the history of the WTO that half of the DDGs are women.

Okonjo Iweala said the appointment of the two women underscores her commitment to strengthening the Organization with talented leaders while at the same time achieving gender balance in senior positions

According to a statement released on Tuesday, the four newly appointed Deputy Director-General include; Angela Ellard of the United States, Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang of China, Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam of France and Anabel González of Costa Rica.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of four new Deputy Directors-General at the WTO. It is the first time in the history of our Organization that half of the DDGs are women.

“This underscores my commitment to strengthening our Organization with talented leaders whilst at the same time achieving gender balance in senior positions. I look forward to welcoming them to the WTO,” Okonjo-Iweala said.

Meet The New Deputy DGs

Angela Ellard (United States):

 She is internationally recognized as an expert on trade and international economic policy, negotiating trade agreements and supporting multilateral solutions as part of an effective trade and development policy with a distinguished career of service working at the US Congress as Majority and Minority Chief Trade Counsel and Staff Director.

Ellard according to the Organization has negotiated and delivered significant bipartisan trade policy outcomes and legislation for well over 25 years with Members of U.S. Congress and senior Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton Administration officials. 

Ellard also worked as a lawyer in the private sector, working on trade litigation and strategy, policy and legislative issues.

She obtained her Juris Doctor, cum laude from Tulane University School of Law and her Master of Arts in Public Policy also from Tulane. Ms Ellard is a frequent lecturer at law, graduate, and undergraduate classes and has published articles on trade law and policy.

Anabel González (Costa Rica):

Gonzalez is a renowned global expert on trade, investment and economic development with a proven managerial track record in international organizations and the public sector. 

In government, Gonzalez served as Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica; as Director-General for International Trade Negotiations; as Director-General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE); and as Special Ambassador and Chief negotiator of the US-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement. 

Gonzalez also served at the World Bank as a Senior Director, the WTO as Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division and as Senior Consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank. 

More recently, Gonzalez has worked as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, having obtained her master’s degree from Georgetown University Law Center with the highest academic distinction and has published extensively on economic issues and trade.

Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam (France)

He has held senior management positions in the French Government on trade, most recently as Permanent Representative of France to the WTO. 

Paugam has also held a number of senior positions in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, including as a member of the Executive Committee of the French Treasury. 

Paugam has also served as Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre in Geneva, has published a number of articles on trade-related issues, in particular when serving as Senior Research Fellow on International Trade at the French Institute for International Relations (IFPRI).

 He has accumulated a deep and practical knowledge of government practices on trade as well as being familiar with high-level dialogues on trade and international economic operations. He 

 Ambassador Paugam graduated from ENA in Paris and obtained degrees in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science in Aix-en-Provence and in Law from the Faculty of Law Aix-Marseille III.

Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang (China),

He is currently serving as Vice Minister in the Ministry of Commerce of China has served until recently as China’s Permanent Representative to the WTO and previously as Deputy Permanent Representative. 

He has had an extensive career of more than 30 years in international trade, serving as Director of the Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation; as Director-General of the Department of WTO Affairs of the Ministry of Commerce; and as Director General of the Department of Policy Research of the Ministry of Commerce.

 Ambassador Zhang holds a bachelor’s degree in Law, a Master’s degree in International Relations and a PhD in International Politics from Peking University.

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