C. Trevor Clarke BCH, GCM
Assistant Director General, Culture and Creative Industries Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva
C. Trevor Clarke has completed a highly successful career in the private sector representing British multinational corporation Cable & Wireless in telecommunications engineering and management. He played a key role in the telecommunications liberalization negotiations with Governments both in Barbados and in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean states (OECS).
An Engineer by profession, Mr. Clarke held his first management position in 1974 after completing an engineering degree – BSc (Hons) in the UK. He subsequently held top executive positions in Cable and Wireless (Barbados) and in other Cable and Wireless companies in the OECS. In 2004, Mr. Clarke completed a Masters of Law degree (LLM) in the Law of Information Technology, covering legal and regulatory issues relevant to the internet, intellectual property, e-commerce and multilateral trade in services.
Mr. Clarke was a director of several Cable & Wireless companies in the Caribbean region. He was also a director of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) from 1988 to 1999 – the last five years as its Chairman. He was, for a short period, a director of the Barbados National Bank Inc., Barbados Shipping & Trading Co., Ltd. and the Barbados Water Authority before leaving Barbados to take up his assignment in Geneva.
Towards the end of 2002, Mr. Clarke undertook the task of establishing the Barbados Private Sector Trade Team: a team that represents the interests of the private sector in the then ongoing regional, hemispheric and multilateral trade negotiations. He remained in the honorary post of Trade Representative, coordinating the work of the team for one year.
In October 2003 Mr. Clarke was appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, and Special Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the level of Ambassador. In November 2005 he was appointed a member of the Working Group on Internet Governance established by the Secretary General of the United Nations and one year later he was selected by the UN Secretary General as one of 40 persons to form a multi-stakeholder advisory group to steer the work of the Internet Governance Forum: a creation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Since his appointment as Special Representative to the (WTO), Mr. Clarke has held the chairmanship of three regular committees and for a short period before moving to WIPO he chaired the Special Session of the Council for TRIPS: a negotiating body concerned with the establishment of a multilateral system of notification and registration of geographical indications for wines and spirits.
In February 2007 Mr. Clarke was elected chairman of the Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA) and succeeded in facilitating agreement among Members on several of the proposals. This led to the General Assembly approving the establishment of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP). In December 2009, Mr. Clarke joined WIPO as an Assistant Director General with responsibility for the Culture and Creative Industries Sector.
The Barbados Government has recognised Mr. Clarke’s outstanding contribution with respect to his work in telecommunications and investment promotion. In the year 2000 he was a recipient of the Barbados Centennial Honours (BCH), and in 2003 he received the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM) – Barbados’ second highest national honour.