Deputy Director General, Development Sector, WIPO
Mr. Mario Matus, a national of Chile, is the Deputy Director General of WIPO, responsible for its Development Sector. Until November 2014, he was Advisor to the Director General for International Economic Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DIRECON) of Chile, Director of the Masters in International Trade Policy at the Institute for International Studies of the University of Chile and, a Professor of International Law at Heidelberg Center for Latin America.
He has held several high level positions as; Director for Bilateral (first) and Multilateral (latter) Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Chief Trade Negotiator for the bilateral free trade agreements with the People´s Republic of China, the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the Republic of Korea, Ambassador of Chile to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Chairman of the WTO General Council. Additionally, he has chaired the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSU), the Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) and the Working Group on the Accession of Ukraine to the WTO. In WIPO he chaired the Coordination Committee (Board), was the Vice-Chair, Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the Vice-Chair of UNCTAD XIII (Doha).
Earlier in his career, he was the Trade Coordinator for the Chile-United States bilateral FTA, and the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), as well as Chile´s Senior Official to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). Mr. Matus is also a regular “panelist” (adjudicator) at international trade disputes based in WTO and at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA).
He holds a Law degree from the Universidad de Chile (1980) and a degree in Law, Economics, and International Politics from Oxford University (1986-1987) and is a regular visiting professor at several academic institutions in North, South and Central America, Asia and Europe.