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.


Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

Chief Executive, ICTSD; Principal Convener of the E15Initiative
Agriculture and Food Security - Contributing Author
Clean Energy Technologies - Theme Leader and Convener
Clean Energy Technologies - Contributing Author
Innovation - Member
Services - Convener
Subsidies - Convener

Co‐founding Chief Executive of ICTSD; Principal Convener, ICTSD-WEF E15Initiative; Publisher of BRIDGES periodicals since 1997; World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Network; Board of Directors, Meridian Institute (U.S.) and IPWatch (Geneva); Steering Committee, DfID’s (Zedillo´s) Global Trade and Finance Architecture Initiative; Panels of Experts of NAFTA’s CEC and EU-Korea FTA; Former: negotiator and delegate for Colombia on trade and investment (bilateral and GATT/WTO), environment (UNCED/Rio 92; UNFCCC; Montreal Protocol; CBD) and development (UNCTAD/ECOSOC/ILO); Spokesperson, G77; Chair, UN Commissions on Commodities and on Preferences; Chair, International Textiles & Clothing Bureau (ITCB); Founding Executive Director, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito); Adviser, Colombian Minister of Economic Development; Chief of Administration, Office of the President of Colombia. Edited and authored a wide range of articles and books.


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