E15 Experts are leading thinkers and practitioners from developed and developing countries reflecting a wide range of perspectives on trade and sustainable development. The experts’ participation in any E15 activity is on a personal basis and does not represent an official commitment of the organisations they are affiliated with.


Manfred Elsig

Associate Professor, World Trade Institute (WTI)
Functioning of the WTO - Theme Leader and Co-convener
Functioning of the WTO - Contributing Author

PhD in European Union trade policy, University of Zurich. Associate Professor in International Relations, World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern. Former: Visiting lecturer/professor, University of Zurich, University of Geneva, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Thunderbird School of Global Management; Post-doc fellow, WTI and Graduate Institute (Geneva); Teaching fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science; Personal advisor, Minister of Economy of Canton Zürich; UBS financial services group; Swiss Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs. Researches the politics of international trade, regional trade agreements, European trade policy, international organizations, US–EU relations, and private actors in global politics. Published in international peer-reviewed journals.