Transformation Office Manager, WTO Secretariat
World Trade Organization
In February 2022 Victoria Donaldson was appointed Transformation Office Manager in the WTO Secretariat. She had returned to the WTO in 2021, joining the Delivery Unit that was working to support preparations for the 12th Ministerial Conference. From 2018-2021 she was Deputy Director in the UK Government Legal Department, where she led the Free Trade Agreements, Services, Investment & Digital Trade team within the Department for International Trade Legal Advisers. Until 2017, she was Chief Legal Officer at the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat. Before joining the WTO in 1999, she practised trade and competition law in Brussels and served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ms Donaldson has taught subsidies and dispute settlement courses in previous MILE cycles. She has also been a Visiting WTO Fellow at the University of Adelaide, and has lectured at the University of Melbourne Law School, the National Law University in Jodhpur, and the Universidad Externado in Bogotá, and served as a judge for university moot court competitions relating to international trade law. Ms Donaldson holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard University, an LL.B. degree from the University of British Columbia, B.A. and M.A. degrees in law from the University of Oxford and an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University. Ms Donaldson is a Solicitor of the Law Society of England & Wales and a Member of the New York Bar.