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11 Jan 2021 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Syed Shakeel Shah

MILE 5 graduate Syed Shakeel Shah from Pakistan, Director of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute (CAREC) in Urumqi, talks about his professional journey and the benefits he gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World Trade Institute. This interview is part of our Alumni profiles series.

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7 Dec 2020 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Martin Baumgartner

MILE 10 graduate Martin Baumgartner who is currently working on free trade agreements in the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), talks about his professional journey and the benefits he gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World Trade Institute. This interview is part of our Alumni profiles …

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10 Aug 2020 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Pallavi Bajaj

MILE 10 graduate Pallavi Bajaj, International Trade Policy Consultant, and Partner at TCube Consulting LLP, talks about her professional journey and the benefits she gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World Trade Institute. This interview is part of our Alumni profiles series.

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28 Feb 2020 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Jean-Philippe Herbert

MILE 17 graduate Jean-Philippe Herbert, a dispute settlement lawyer in the Legal Affairs division of the WTO in Geneva, began his career as a commercial litigator in Canada. In this interview, he talks about his professional journey and the benefits he gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World …

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16 Jan 2020 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Wakako Oshima

MILE 7 graduate Wakako Oshima, a Japanese national and US-licensed lawyer with top law firm and in-house counsel experience, talks about how she moved from WTO litigation to promoting the sustainable development of businesses across borders.

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18 Jul 2019 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Jimena Sotelo

MILE 15 alumna Jimena Sotelo talks to the WTI about her work at the International Trade Centre and her experience with the MILE programme.

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11 Apr 2019 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Alvita Chen

MILE 14 alumna from Indonesia, Alvita Chen, tells the WTI about her position as Senior Manager for Corporate Affairs at GOJEK, and how the MILE helped her learn the key role of MSMEs in driving sustainable economic development.

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7 Sep 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Diego Ures

MILE 7 alumnus, Diego Ures, tells the WTI about his current position as a partner at Sidera Consult and how the MILE benefited him in his career path.

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17 Jul 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Consuelo Orihuela and Teresa Mera

Consuelo Orihuela and Teresa Mera, both from Peru, attended the MILE on consecutive years and graduated in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Both have gone on to serve in the Peruvian government. In this interview, they talk about their work and how the WTI helped them get to where they are …

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1 Jun 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Miguel Rodriguez Cuadros

A trade lawyer in the private sector, Miguel Rodriguez Cuadros has worked for a number of multinational companies in Switzerland and Germany since graduation. In this interview he traces his professional journey and talks about the challenges of the new era of globalisation.

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18 Apr 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Verona Collantes

A graduate of the second MILE intake, Verona Collantes advocates for gender equality and the empowerment of women in the climate change process and was a contributor to the Paris Agreement. She says the WTI master’s programme opened doors for her at the WTO and UN in Geneva paving the …

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16 Feb 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Mohamad Fakhreddin

Mohamad Fakhreddin, a graduate of the MILE 15 intake, studied industrial engineering before changing tack to follow an interest in business and social entrepreneurship. After working at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, he is now studying for a doctorate in Germany. Mohamad had the opportunity to talk about his …

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13 Dec 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Marta Soprana

Trade policy advisor Marta Soprana first discovered the World Trade Institute through its Summer Academy and then went on to enrol on the MILE 11 programme. She has maintained a strong connection to the WTI as an enthusiastic mentor of MILE students. Now with her own business in Lugano, she …

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16 Aug 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Sergey Lakhno

Lawyer Sergey Lakhno, a graduate of the MILE 3 intake, has recently returned to the public sector after ten years with a major industrial company in Ukraine. Before that he was involved in preparing Ukraine for accession to the World Trade Organization. In this interview he talks about the role …

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5 Jul 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Lerato Ntlopo

For MILE 10 graduate Lerato Ntlopo the MILE was a stepping stone to a career in international trade that has taken her from Geneva to Windhoek with various stops in between. In addition to her work with the Southern African Customs Union, she is undertaking a PhD in trade in …

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12 Jun 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Faisal Siddiqui

Faisal Siddiqui joined the MILE 3 programme with a degree in international relations and went on to build a career as a political officer with the United Nations. In this interview he outlines his career path and explains how the MILE helped him hone his professional skills.

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10 Apr 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Nadia Vassos

Canadian Nadia Vassos, who graduated from the MILE programme five years ago, has since carved out a career in international trade policy. In this interview, she says the legal knowledge and negotiation skills she acquired on the MILE have proved particularly useful in her current role with the Canadian Competition …

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8 Mar 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Xiaolu Zhu

Lawyer Xiaolu Zhu, a graduate of MILE 3, has been working in the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat since 2006 following a stint as an international legal consultant. She says the MILE programme kick-started her legal career by introducing her to the firm that would employ her upon graduation.

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15 Feb 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Susana Wong

MILE 13 graduate Susana Wong works as a university teacher, project manager and researcher on cross-border trade issues. A native of Costa Rica, she maintains close ties with Switzerland and hopes to start a PhD in Lausanne this year.

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14 Dec 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Adriana Perez Gil Ochoa

A growing interest in international trade law, investment and dispute settlement led Adriana Perez Gil Ochoa to pursue a Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) at the WTI. Three years after graduating she is putting what she learned to use at the Mexican Trade Ministry. In an interview with …

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4 Nov 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Harsh Hiroo Gursahani

A MILE 11 graduate, Harsh Hiroo Gursahani has carved out a role as a successful trade lawyer in India where he produces policy papers for the government and advises private clients on food law. The WTI spoke to Harsh on the sidelines of the World Trade Forum in Florence at …

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11 Oct 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Kholofelo Kugler

Kholofelo Kugler, a trained lawyer from South Africa and graduate of MILE 14, says the programme was a “natural next step” when she discovered an interest in international trade law. She now works at the ACWL in Geneva that gives advice and training to developing countries on World Trade Organization …

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31 Aug 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Thalis Andrade

Thalis Andrade, a graduate of the MILE 14 intake, is a trained lawyer who works in foreign trade analysis for the Brazilian government and also lectures on international trade law. He says the MILE programme allowed him to realise a dream of living abroad while studying a subject he loves.

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29 Mar 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Marina Foltea

MILE 4 graduate Marina Foltea talks about her journey from Moldova to Switzerland, where she has set up her own international trade and investment law advisory service, Trade Pacts, and shares advice with current students on the graduate programme.

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9 Feb 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Aray Kassabekova

MILE 5 graduate Aray Kassabekova is one of several WTI alumni in Kazakhstan to have been involved in their country’s accession to the WTO on 30 November 2015. She tells the WTI how the MILE programme equipped her for the arduous work in store.

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6 Jan 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Eugene Skrynnyk

Eugene Skrynnyk, a graduate of MILE 6, outlines his professional path in the private sector post WTI – from Ernst & Young (EY) to UBS and now Geneva Management Group – via Switzerland and Africa.

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18 Dec 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Olga Nartova

Olga Nartova, a Russian lawyer and graduate of MILE 4, returned to the World Trade Institute as a research fellow in 2007 working on trade and climate change within the NCCR Trade Regulation after completing her doctorate. From the WTI she moved on to Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi …

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4 Nov 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Sainabou Taal

A former government trade economist in Gambia, Sainabou Taal embarked on the MILE programme in 2011 to further her career in international trade policy development. In this interview she talks about how an internship at the WTO was a springboard to her current role as a policy analyst specialised in …

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8 Jul 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Subhashini Abeysinghe

MILE 10 graduate Subhashini Abeysinghe works for private think tank Verité Research in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. A regular commentator on trade issues in Sri Lankan newspapers and on television, she was recently ranked 15th among young leaders below the age of 40 and 19th most powerful woman in …

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19 Jun 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Santanu Mukherjee

To mark the 15th anniversary of the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme in 2015, we spoke to a graduate of the very first intake. Santanu Mukherjee is a senior attorney with Qualcomm's Legal & Government Affairs department in California, USA, and is based at the Gurgaon office …

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22 May 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Ricardo Guilherme

Ricardo Guilherme graduated from the MILE programme ten years ago. After a stint in Geneva he returned to Bern, taking up a legal position at the Universal Postal Union. The native of Brazil says MILE was invaluable to him in building up a professional network and progressing in his career.

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8 Apr 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Jian Guan

Since completing the MILE programme in 2012, lawyer Jian Guan has specialised in international trade law in China and is carving out a role as an expert in this area. While practising law in Beijing he is also working towards a PhD.

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27 Mar 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Wase Musonge

Wase Musonge, a graduate of MILE 10, moved to Geneva from Cameroon in 2001 and has spent more than a decade focused on development issues through her work as a Programme Officer at the South Centre. During this time she took a year out to extend her knowledge of international …

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17 Feb 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Iryna Polovets

MILE 12 graduate Iryna Polovets works as a dispute settlement lawyer at the WTO and at the same time is studying for a PhD at the WTI. She talks here about her professional journey from Odessa to Geneva, from maritime law to international trade.

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21 Nov 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Agnė Sovaitė

MILE 11 graduate Agnė Sovaitė works for a law firm in Lithuania where she deals mainly with issues of European Union and local law. As Lithuania’s economy develops she is also required to give advice on the cross-border provision of services, and is grateful for the understanding of international trade …

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24 Jun 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Arpit Bhutani

MILE 12 graduate Arpit Bhutani has been involved with the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) since its conception and now serves as an UNFSS observer in India. He is passionate about protecting the environment, and believes the time to act is now.

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3 Jun 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: The view from Brussels

Thomas Tzieropoulos, Elena Vyboldina and Mate Kander all found their way to Brussels after completing the MILE programme. In this joint interview they talk about the work they do there, and how they established an alumni group in the city.

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15 Apr 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Javier Gutierrez

MILE 12 graduate Javier Gutierrez has a background in economics and trade law and worked for a time at the WTO in Geneva. A native of El Salvador, he is now back in Central America and working in an area close to his heart - regional economic integration.

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11 Mar 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Darius Rao

Darius Rao, a graduate of MILE 11, has carved out a career in international trade policy after earlier focusing on refugee law. The policy advisor with a not-for-profit organisation in Geneva tells us the background knowledge in WTO law he acquired on the MILE programme has been indispensable in his …

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22 Nov 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Ratnakar Adhikari

Ratnakar Adhikari, a graduate of MILE 2, has recently been appointed Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a programme supporting least developed countries to be more active in the global trading system. In this interview he talks about the challenges in store and how MILE set him on …

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14 Oct 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Ravi Soopramanien

Ravi Soopramanien describes his career path from the MILE programme to the WTO – via Brussels and Tunis - and shares the key things he learned on the way.

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2 Sep 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Fernando Pierola

Fernando Pierola explains his role at the Advisory Centre on WTO Law and shares how the MILE Programme helped prepare him for the position.

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10 Jun 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Vitaliy Pogoretskyy

An Opportunity for Building One's Professional Network: The MILE Experience According to Alumnus Vitaliy Pogoretskyy

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13 May 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Manolo Delgado

From Lima to Hong Kong: MILE Alumni Manolo Delgado shares how the MILE Programme gave him the foundation he needed to head a purchasing office spanning 12 different countries.

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8 Apr 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Valéria Guimarães de Lima e Silva

Valéria Guimarães de Lima e Silva, a Global Research Fellow at the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU, shares her experiences as a MILE student.

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11 Mar 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Maria Anna Corvaglia

PhD candidate, Maria Anna Corvaglia, shares her thoughts on how completing the MILE Programme helped her further her academic career.

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4 Feb 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Anirudh Shingal

Anirudh Shingal recalls his experiences as a MILE student and shares how the Programme helped him kick-start his career.

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