Invited Speakers

Prof. Alan V. Deardorff
John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics
Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Department of Economics / Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

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Topic of Special Lecture: Proliferation of Free Trade Agreements and the Implications of Rules of Origin
Prof. Graciela Chichilnisky
Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics
Columbia University
Director of Columbia Consortium for Risk Management (CCRM)

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Topic of Special Lecture: The Carbon Market - Trade and the Global Environment

Prof. Jim Rollo
Emeritus Professor (Law)
University of Sussex

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Topic of Special Lecture: TradeSift and International Trade Policy Analysis
Prof. Shujiro Urata
Waseda University

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Topic of Special Lecture: Production Networks and the Role of FDI and Trade in Economic Development in East Asia
Dr. Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås
Senior Economist
Trade and Agriculture Directorate
OECD, Paris

Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås is a senior economist at the Trade and Agriculture Directorate at the OECD where she is working on services trade policy analysis. During the past six years she has led a long-term project on developing trade restrictiveness indices (STRIs) for 18 services sectors in 40 countries. Earlier work experience includes research work, policy analysis, managing the economics department at CMI (a research institute in Norway), teaching and policy advice. Long-term assignments abroad include visiting scholar to Stanford University, USA and the Universities of Durban Westville and Western Cape in South Africa. She also managed a long term project providing technical assistance on macroeconomic modelling and policy analysis to the Tanzanian government. Ms Nordås has published extensively in academic journals, book chapters and OECD Trade Policy Papers on international trade in goods and services, development and economic growth.

Topic of Special Lecture: Service Trade Liberalization: Recent Issues and Challenges
Mr. J. S. Deepak
Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India

J.S. Deepak is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1982 batch of UP cadre. As Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India he looks after the work related to formulation and implementation of India’s trade policy. He is also India’s Chief Negotiator at the WTO and for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the mega FTA being negotiated by 16 countries. 
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Topic of Special Lecture: Service Trade Liberalization: Recent Issues and Challenges

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India as an autonomous organisation to help professionalise the country's foreign trade management and increase exports by developing human resources; generating, analysing and disseminating data; and conducting research. Today it is one of India's most prestigious business schools.

No registration fee. But, it's mandatory to register by giving all your relevant details to submit a paper.

The Conference aims to have intellectual discourse on issues related to international trade and finance and provide platform to the researchers for communicating their views on their intellectual standing of empirical research in international economics.

To encourage young researchers who are currently pursuing PhD in the area of international trade and finance a separate track is added in the Conference. The session is open for all doctoral students pursuing PhD in Indian universities ( or recently submitted their thesis but degree is awaited).