Bernard Kuiten is Head of External Relations at the World Trade Organization since 2009 where he oversees the organization's dealings with the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians and other intergovernmental organizations. He joined the WTO at the end of 1999, taking responsibility for civil society relations.
Bernard is a former diplomat and trade negotiator and a highly seasoned speaker on trade and WTO matters. From 1990 to 1999, he represented both the Netherlands and the European Union on a number of trade files, including shipbuilding, steel and services trade in general. He specialized in financial, telecommunication and audio‐visual services when working for the European Commission. The year before joining WTO, Bernard was the chair of the WTO Working Party for State Trading Enterprises. He is a member and former chair of the International Geneva Committee of the Swiss Network of International Studies, as well as an Advisory Board Member of the Model WTO at the University of St. Gallen.