Nicolas Imboden

Partner and Cofounder of IDEAS Centre

Nicolas Imboden, a Swiss national, graduated in law at the University of Geneva, holds a degree in development studies from the then African Development Institute; a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston and was an AMP student at Harvard.

He is partner and cofounder of IDEAS Centre. Since the organisation’s creation in 2002, he directs and provides high-level advice to all its projects: assistance in accession/post-accession, trade policy advice (WTO, regional integration, bilateral trade agreements), trade-related capacity-building, training and assistance.

Previously he was Senior Vice President of SGS (1999-2002), a Swiss Government trade and aid official with the rank of an ambassador (1992-1999), Governor of the regional development banks (ADB, AFDB, IDB) and Executive Director at the EBRD (1992). He was the Swiss negotiator for market access and agriculture during the Uruguay Round negotiations (1987-1992). He also worked in the World Bank as an agricultural economist (1978-1982), OECD (1974-1978 as researcher on aid monitoring) and UNDP (1972-1974 as Program Officer in Chad).

He is currently a member of the International Food and Agricultural Policy Council (IPC). He has been a member of various Expert Groups of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and of the UNDP Human Development Report.

Bridges news

15 November 2017
Les dispositions de traitement spécial et différencié font partie intégrante des règles commerciales multilatérales, mais elles n’ont pas permis aux membres les plus pauvres de l’OMC de rattraper les pays plus développés et de s’intégrer pleinement au système commercial international. Une nouvelle...
8 November 2017
Special and differential treatment provisions are an integral part of multilateral trade rules, but have not enabled the WTO’s poorest member countries to catch up with more developed countries and fully integrate into the global trade system. Could a new approach help developing countries, and...
16 December 2015
Cada vez hay menos consenso entre los miembros de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC) sobre la razón de las actuales negociaciones. En lo único que sí parecieran estar de acuerdo es en que no será posible presentar los resultados obtenidos en Nairobi como uno de los logros del Programa de...
24 November 2015
Si la 10 ème Conférence ministérielle de l'OMC venait à échouer, les grands perdants seraient ceux qui ne sont pas responsables de l'impasse actuelle : les PMA et l’Afrique. Ils devraient prendre l'initiative de proposer des solutions qui ne peuvent être refusées afin de sauver Nairobi et le...
11 November 2015
If the upcoming WTO 10 th Ministerial Conference should fail, the biggest losers would be those that have no responsibility for the current deadlock: the LDCs and Africa. They should take the lead in proposing solutions that cannot be refused in order to save Nairobi and the inclusive system. There...
28 November 2013
El Programa de Doha para el Desarrollo, puesto en marcha en 2001, todavía no ha sido capaz de producir resultados sustanciales. Con pocas perspectivas de avance en las negociaciones se definió la siguiente estrategia para Bali: 1). ponerse de acuerdo en algunos de los llamados "frutos maduros" o...
15 November 2013
What are the changes that have occurred since Doha? What impact have they had on the LDCs and on the inclusive multilateral trading system? The Doha Development Round, launched in 2001, has not yet been able to produce substantial results. With little prospects for a breakthrough in the...
15 November 2013
This article assesses the G-33 proposal in regard to the food security issues faced by the LDCs. The Agreement on Agriculture (AoA), which was negotiated during the Uruguay Round, addressed the trade issues that agricultural crops faced on the world market at that time, i.e. oversupply of food...
10 April 2012
Cet article - qui vise à être proactif - soutient que les difficultés persistantes des négociations du Cycle de Doha sont dues à des problèmes fondamentaux qui vont au-delà de la simple question de négocier: à savoir la crise de la coopération multilatérale en général. Préserver le système présente...

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