Dr Manzoor Ahmad is a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva. A Pakistani national, he has served in various senior positions for his government and in international organizations. He was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 2002 to 2008. During that period, he chaired the WTO Council for Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) from 2004-2008 and the Balance of Payments Restrictions Committee during 2003-2004. He also served as the Director, Liaison Office, Food and Agriculture Organization to the United Nations from 2008 to 2010. For the last two years, Dr Ahmad has been working as an independent consultant on international trade and food security issues from Geneva and Islamabad. He is also one of the regular panellists on the WTO dispute settlement system.
He acts in various leading capacities in a number of global public policy institutions, think-tanks and as an adviser to the government of Pakistan. He has published several papers in international and local journals on issues relating to international trade and is frequently invited to make presentations at international conferences, academic institutes and other influential forums.
Dr Ahmad received his B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc from the University of Peshawar and his Ph.D from the University of Hull, UK.