Harsha V. Singh
Harsha V. Singh is Senior Associate at ICTSD for Strategic Research and Policy Analysis. Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh has been Deputy Director-General at World Trade Organization for eight years from 1st October 2005 till 30th September 2013.
He has worked for over three decades on policies relating to international trade, development, infrastructure regulation and global governance. As Deputy Director General at WTO, his areas of responsibility included trade in agriculture, services, trade and environment, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and electronic commerce.
Earlier, he worked for twelve years from mid-1985 in GATT/WTO on economic research, trade policy reviews, rules, trade and environment and technical barriers to trade, and in the Director General's Cabinet. In India, Dr. Singh has been economic advisor and then secretary of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and played a key role in the reform of the Indian telecom sector. He has been chair/member of high level policy committees, chair of WTO dispute settlement panels, and a visiting faculty member at research institutes on international trade, sustainable development and regulation. For the 2013-14 academic year, he has been appointed Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He is a Ph. D. in Economics from Oxford University where he went as a Rhodes Scholar from India