Mahesh Sugathan

Senior Research Fellow

Mahesh Sugathan is a Senior Research Fellow with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva working on trade, climate change and sustainable energy issues with a focus on climate-technologies. He is also  an independent consultant on trade policy issues and in addition provides business facilitation services for private sector firms. Mr. Sugathan previously worked as 'Programme Coordinator' - Economics and Trade Policy Analysis at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland. At ICTSD, he has also worked on projects covering a broad range of issues, including trade and environment, agriculture, sustainable energy and climate change. He has also been a consultant at the World Bank’s South Asia Regional Office in India on issues of renewable energy and energy efficiency investment policy frameworks. He has also consulted for various other international organisations including the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the ACP Secretariat. 

Mr. Sugathan has a Masters degree in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute in Bern. In addition, Mr. Sugathan completed undergraduate and graduate studies in Economics and International Relations at the University of Kerala and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He has also pursued summer-school courses in environmental economics and econometrics from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom. In addition, he holds an M.Phil in European studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University where he researched implications of EU environmental standards on Indian exports. Mr. Sugathan is a citizen of India.

Opinion

19 February 2015
Global climate change is an urgent challenge and efforts are underway to limit the increase of global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius by the middle of the century. At the same time, about 1.3 billion people, the majority of whom live in developing countries, lack access to...
25 June 2012
RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL - The Trade and Sustainable Development symposium organised by ICTSD in collaboration with CEBRI soared up to provide participants a bird's eye view of the forest of trade and sustainable development issues, particularly the scaling up sustainable energy on a global scale...
14 December 2011
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - After countless late night hours over two weeks of intense wrangling on a set of contentious issues, negotiators at COP 17 in Durban finalised a package of agreements on the way forward to combat climate change. Given the hurdles negotiators faced heading into Durban, the...

Bridges news

8 May 2015
Los miembros de la Organización Mundial del comercio (OMC) que participan en la iniciativa para un Acuerdo sobre Bienes Ambientales (ABA) celebraron una cuarta ronda de negociaciones a fines de enero. Las negociaciones se centraron en los bienes potenciales para una energía más limpia y renovable,...
26 April 2015
Меры, направленные на повышение энергоэффективности, иногда называют «скрытым топливом» в современном энергобалансе. Эта статья объясняет, как либерализующее торговлю соглашение могло бы помочь постепенно повысить долю товаров, связанных с энергоэффективностью. Члены ВТО, поддерживающие заключение...
16 March 2015
Energy efficiency measures are sometimes described as the “hidden fuel” in today’s energy mix. This article explains how a trade liberalising agreement could help scale up products related to energy efficiency. WTO members of an initiative geared towards concluding an Environmental Goods Agreement...
2 September 2014
The next round of talks towards clinching an Environmental Goods Agreement is scheduled for mid-September. This paper maps the landscape in which the negotiations are taking place and offers a preview of the road ahead. A group of 14 WTO members – counting the 28 member states of the EU as one – in...
13 March 2014
El anuncio a fines de enero en el marco del Foro Económico Mundial, en Davos, Suiza, compromete a 14 miembros de la OMC a negociar un acuerdo de liberalización comercial de bienes ambientales. Sin embargo, definir lo que constituye un "producto ambiental" no ha sido fácil en la historia de las...
7 February 2014
Environmental goods cover a range of products critical to securing sustainable energy supply, waste-water treatment, as well as reducing air and water-pollution. Gradual liberalisation and carefully-managed market openings in these areas can be powerful tools for advancing environment and...
22 November 2012
On 9 September 2012, the leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies meeting in Vladivostok, Russia agreed to voluntarily liberalise tariffs on 54 environmental goods. Vladivostok Declaration signatories welcomed and endorsed the APEC list and committed to reduce applied...
26 September 2012
Embora a África seja responsável por uma pequena fração das emissões mundiais de gases-estufa, o continente se encontra em uma posição ideal para participar de iniciativas comerciais em matéria de energia sustentável. Os impactos adversos das mudanças climáticas serão sentidos desproporcionalmente...
20 August 2012
The adverse impacts of climate change will be felt disproportionately across the globe, with the poor and vulnerable in developing countries in Africa, South Asia, and low-lying island states suffering the most. These populations will need adaptation and mitigation assistance if they are to...
23 July 2012
Les effets des changements climatiques se feront sentir de façon inégale. Ce sont les populations pauvres et vulnérables des pays en développement d’Afrique, d’Asie du Sud et des États insulaires de faible altitude qui en souffriront le plus. Ces populations auront besoin d’aide pour pouvoir faire...
25 June 2012
RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL - The Trade and Sustainable Development symposium organised by ICTSD in collaboration with CEBRI soared up to provide participants a bird's eye view of the forest of trade and sustainable development issues, particularly the scaling up sustainable energy on a global scale...
2 February 2012
Após semanas de intensas tratativas e muitas noites em claro, os negociadores da 17a Conferência das Partes (COP, sigla em inglês), realizada em Durban (África do Sul), definiram em dezembro passado um plano de ação para o combate às mudanças climáticas. Dados os obstáculos enfrentados pelos...
14 December 2011
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - After countless late night hours over two weeks of intense wrangling on a set of contentious issues, negotiators at COP 17 in Durban finalised a package of agreements on the way forward to combat climate change. Given the hurdles negotiators faced heading into Durban, the...
1 December 2008
The Doha Declaration calls for the reduction or, as appropriate, elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services (Para 31 (iii)). The question arises as to whether this mandate applies to biofuels, which are considered to be environmentally preferable to fossil...
1 December 2007
The Doha round negotiations are proving to be divisive, drawn-out and complicated, with trade delegations expending much of their energy on high profile issues such as agriculture and industrial market access. However, also on the agenda is an area potentially of great interest to climate change...