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Evan Rogerson is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Previously, he held senior positions in the WTO until his retirement in 2017.
Born in New Zealand in 1952, he joined his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976 after graduating from Auckland University, working on secondment at the Treasury before postings in Brussels and London. His work in those postings focused on trade policy, particularly New Zealand’s trade and economic relations with the EU.
He joined the GATT Secretariat in 1986, working in the Agriculture Division before going to the Director-General’s Office in 1993, becoming Chief of Staff to Director-General Renato Ruggiero from 1995 to 1999. He subsequently headed the Council and TNC Division, where he was Secretary of the WTO’s top bodies, the Ministerial Conference, the General Council, the Trade Negotiations Committee and the Dispute Settlement Body. In 2012 he came back to the Agriculture and Commodities Division as Director. In this role he headed the Secretariat team for the successful negotiations to abolish agricultural export subsidies in 2015.
Mr Rogerson has written on trade themes in the RSIS Commentary series, in regional media and in other publications. He is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) and the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun.
A New WTO Chief: Director or General?
05 March, 2021
Global Health Security: COVID-19 and Its Impacts - Price of Pandemic: Weakened Trade System Exposed
04 May, 2020
RSIS High-Level Trade Policy Meeting - Looking into the Trade Abyss
14 October, 2019
Trade Outlook 2019: Mostly Cloudy
28 March, 2019
RSIS High-Level Informal Meeting - Trade Threats and Responses
19 October, 2018
CO18089 | Seeing Through The Fog of Trade War
30 May, 2018
Last updated on 12/12/2019