Sherry M. Stephenson
Dr. Sherry M. Stephenson is a Senior Fellow with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Her internationally recognized expertise lies particularly in the area of services trade. Until end 2012 she was Senior Advisor for Services Trade in the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC.
While at the OAS, Dr. Stephenson held various positions, including Director of the Trade Department, Deputy Trade Advisor and Head of Institutional Relations. She guided the OAS in its support of several negotiating groups during the decade-long Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations (1995-2004) and was responsible for providing direct assistance to the FTAA Negotiating Group on Services.
Dr. Stephenson was an Advisor to the Ministry of Trade in Jakarta for three years where she also trained government officials in the content and implementation of the WTO Agreements. As a member of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), she has provided analytical support to the APEC process. Previous positions have been with the GATT and UNCTAD Secretariats and with the Trade Directorate of the OECD.
She has done consulting work for many organizations including The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Commonwealth Secretariat, Forum Island Secretariat, U.S. Agency for International Development and several national governments. She has lectured in conferences and workshops around the world, educating government officials and members of the trade and development community on topics such as the WTO, regional trade agreements, services trade and global value chains, and has published two books on services and numerous articles.