International Conference on IP and Development – How to Benefit from the IP System: Speaker Profiles

Welcome address

Francis Gurry
WIPO Director General

Mr. Gurry is an Australian lawyer who has served as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since October 1, 2008.

He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, and is an honorary professor of, and holds honorary doctorates from, universities in a wide range of countries.

He is the author of a number of publications, one of which has become a standard legal text in the UK and is published by Oxford University Press as Gurry on Breach of Confidence.

Mr. Gurry speaks English and French.

Introductory remarks

Hasan Kleib
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, and Chair of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)

Mr. Hasan Kleib is currently the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and other international organizations in Geneva. Prior to his assignment in Geneva, he was the Deputy Minister, Director General for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), from January 2012 until April 2017. Mr. Kleib has served at Ambassador/Permanent Representative (August 2010–December 2011) and Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations, New York (January 2009-July 2010); Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations Security Council, New York (January 2007-December 2008); Head/Counselor of Political Division, Embassy of Indonesia, Washington, D.C. (May 2000 – March 2004); and Third/Second Secretary for Political Affairs, Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations, New York (August 1992–July 1996). Since joining in MOFA in March 1987, his other previous assignments at the MOFA, among others, were as Director for International Security and Disarmament (April 2004–November 2006); Head of Disarmament Section (August 1996–April 2000); and Head of Middle East Section (March 1988–July 1992).

By taking international relations as his major, Mr. Kleib graduated from the University of Padjajaran, Bandung, Indonesia in 1986 and received his Master of Arts of Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University, Australia in 1998.

Keynote speaker

Amina C. Mohamed
Ambassador (Dr.), EGH, CAV, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage, Republic of Kenya

Ms. Amina Mohamed is a renowned Kenyan diplomat, lawyer and negotiator who has served in the Kenyan public service with distinction, for more than thirty years.  She currently serves as the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage and has previously served as the Cabinet Secretary for Education (2018-2019) and Foreign Affairs (2013-2018).  She is also the Co-Chair of the Commonwealth Platform for Girls’ Education alongside the UK Foreign Secretary; an initiative aimed at providing education opportunities to 130 million children out of school in the Commonwealth.

She served as Kenya's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva between 2000 and 2006.  In 2008, she was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. She then joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as Deputy Executive Director in 2011. Ms. Mohamed has held high-level international leadership positions in various organizations including WTO, WIPO, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, UNHCR and UNAIDS.

Her dedicated service has earned her various awards including: the Nilen Award which is the highest State Commendation in the Republic of Sudan; the Prestigious Adebisi Babatunde Thomas Entrepreneurship Institute Excellence in Diplomacy Award, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Government of Japan); and an honorary knighthood by the Italian Government, with the title of Cavaliere dell’ Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity).  Ms. Mohamed also holds Kenya's highest National Award of Elder of the Golden Heart and was honored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as one of the four UNDP Champions for the year 2016.

Address by High Level Dignitary

Triawan Munaf
Chairman, National Creative Economy Agency of the Republic of Indonesia

Mr. Triawan Munaf is currently the Chairman of the National Agency for Creative Economy, a Ministerial-Level Agency set up in 2015 with the mandate to coordinate policies on the development of the creative economy sectors in Indonesia. Prior to his appointment as the Chairman of the Creative Economy Agency, he was Chairman and Creative Adviser and of AdWork, an Advertising Agency partly owned by EURO RSCG Worldwide (1999-2010). He has served as the President Director/CEO/Executive Creative Director of AdWork since the founding in 1989, in which he was also one of the co-founders, until 1999.

Mr Triawan Munaf studied at Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Parahyangan University in Bandung Indonesia, before continuing his study at the School for Computer Technology in London (1978-1980) and the Television Training Centre, London UK, where he studied Organization, Business Management and Operational aspects of Commercial Television.

Moderators and speakers

Yoshiyuki Takagi
Assistant Director General, Global Infrastructure Sector, WIPO

Mr. Takagi leads the Global Infrastructure Sector of WIPO. The Sector facilitates the sharing of IP knowledge by developing sustainable knowledge infrastructures, free global IP databases, and common platforms to connect IP offices. Its work includes:

  • international classifications and WIPO IP standards;
  • access to knowledge and information, including Global IP databases (such as PATENTSCOPE and the Global Brand Database), and Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs);
  • business solutions for IP offices and the establishment of common platforms such as WIPO CASE.

Mr. Takagi joined WIPO in 1994 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He has held his current position as Assistant Director General since December 2008.

Dominique Foray
Professor, Chair, Economics and Management of Innovation, Director, College of Management, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne

Dominique Foray is a Full Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), he holds the Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation (CEMI) and serves as Dean of the Management School at EPFL. He is a member of the Science Council of Switzerland (SSC), Chairman of the board of the Swiss Economic Research Institute in Zürich (KOF) and a foreign member of the Center of Capitalism and Society (Columbia University, NewYork).

Marzenna Anna Weresa
Professor of Economics, Director, World Economy Research Institute, Dean, Collegium of World Economy, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Ms. Marzenna Anna Weresa is a full professor of Economics and, since 2016 the Dean of the Collegium of World Economy at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Since 2005 she works as a Director of the World Economy Research Institute. Ms. Weresa holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1995) and habilitation (D.Sc.) in Economics (2002). From 1999 to 2000 she worked as a research fellow at the University College London, UK.

Ms. Weresa’s research and academic teaching focus on international economics, and economics of innovation in particular, issues relating to technology transfer, innovation systems as well as the effects of FDI and foreign trade on competitiveness. She authored and co-authored over 100 books and scientific articles.

Ms. Weresa had also carried out many advisory projects for enterprises and governmental organizations in the field of internationalization strategies, R&D and innovation. Since 2012 she has been working as an expert for the European Commission, providing an advice on policies for research and innovation. In particular, from 2012 to 2015 she was a member of the High Level Economic Policy Expert Groups (“Innovation for Growth – I4G” and “RISE”), and in 2017 she joined the European Commission expert group on “Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR)”, providing economic analyses and recommendations in view of supporting policy implementation. Ms. Weresa was appointed aa the Chair of the EC expert panel working on “Mutual Learning Exercise - The evaluation of business R&D grant schemes”.

Fernanda De Negri
Director, Division of Production and Innovation Studies, Institute for Applied Economic Research, Brasilia, Brazil

Ms. Fernanda De Negri is a research leader at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She was a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2015 and 2017 and at Harvard University in 2017. Ms. De Negri has always been interested on the effects of science and new technologies on the economy, business competitiveness and productivity. In the public sector, she held positions related to public policies for productivity and science and technology: she was economic adviser to the Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (2008) and head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Office of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2010-2012). Ms. De Negri was also Director (2012-2017) and Deputy Director (2009-2010) of Ipea. She is the author of several articles and books and received the BNDES economics award for her dissertation on the commercial performance of foreign companies in Brazil. In 2014, the book she organized on Productivity in Brazil was the finalist of one of the most prestigious literature prizes in the country: the Jabuti Prize.

I believe in the transformative power of knowledge and new technologies and their ability to improve people's well-being and reduce our impact on the environment.

Sylvie Forbin
Deputy Director General, Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, WIPO

Ms. Forbin, national of France, is the Deputy Director General of the Copyright and Creative Industries Sector of WIPO, since September 18, 2016.

Ms. Forbin has held various positions both in the public and private sectors since 1983. She has experience in national diplomacy, in an intergovernmental body and significant experience in a large media and communications company that also worked in the production and distribution of cultural works. Furthermore, Ms. Forbin speaks four languages, namely French, English, Chinese and Japanese.

Vanus James
Former Professor, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica

Mr. (Dr.) Vanus James is a former Senior Policy Advisor, UNDP, and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) International Consultant. He also served as Senior Research Fellow in the Scotiabank Chair in Entrepreneurship & Development and Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Economics / Econometrics, University of Technology, Jamaica. Dr. James is the author of three WIPO reports measuring the contribution of copyright-based industries to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the OECS as well as the UNECLAC manual “The Design and Conduct of Public Expenditure Reviews in Caribbean Countries”. The central theses of his published articles in refereed journals and books is that the main development problem of Caribbean countries is that the domestic capital sector is too small.

In developing economies, capital accumulation and institutional development are the main drivers of economic growth with good jobs. One of the main features of institutional development is continuous upgrade of the national and international system of intellectual property rights.

Ruth Towse
Professor, Bournemouth University, Co-Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, United Kingdom

Ms. Ruth Towse is Professor of Economics of Creative Industries at CIPPM, Bournemouth University and CREATe Fellow in Cultural Economics (University of Glasgow). She specialises in cultural economics and the economics of copyright. She has published widely in both fields in academic journals and books and has also edited several collections of papers and original contributions, including A Textbook of Cultural Economics, published by the Cambridge University Press (2nd edition to be published in May, 2019) and is the editor of A Handbook of Cultural Economics. Ms. Towse was Joint Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics from 1993-2002, President of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) 2006-8, and President of the Society for Economic Research in Copyright Issues from 2004-6. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the ACEI.

Ms. Towse has lectured and given seminars, conference papers and presentations to a wide range of organisations in many countries and has been consultant on cultural economics and the economics of copyright to a number of national and international governmental organisations, including WIPO.

Understanding the role of copyright in developing the arts, cultural and creative industries and especially in supporting those who create the works requires statistical research and an understanding of the underlying economic incentives. We cannot just assume that copyright offers that incentive.

Aziz Dieng
Principal technical adviser, Ministry of Culture, Creative Industries and IP of the Republic of Senegal, Dakar, Senegal

Aziz Dieng has been the technical adviser to the Minister of Culture of Senegal, since 2012. He is in charge notably of intellectual property matters.

Mr. Dieng has been engaged during many years of his professional life in training and professional development activities educating artists in Africa about their rights and collective management. In 2017 he was elected as Vice Chair of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). In 2014 he served as special adviser to the Prime Minister Ms. Aminata Touré, and was in charge of cultural affairs. From 1999 to 2011, he was elected as president of the Music Association of Senegal (AMS). He was the President of the Board of the “Bureau Sénégalais du droit d’auteur” (BSDA) from 2001 to 2013 and chaired the Steering Legal Committee which led to the adoption of the 2008 copyright and related rights law of Senegal.

As a former musician and music producer, he managed Midimusique Studio based in Dakar, a recording facility which played a major role in propelling new musical talents and albums in the 90’s. From 2000 to 2005, he was a consultant for the West African Regional Office of Plan International before setting up and managing Accents Multiples, a cultural engineering firm which coordinated several cultural based projects in Africa. In 2010, he was in charge of overseeing more than two hundred fifty international contracts of music artists who were engaged with the Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres, held in Dakar.

Mr. Dieng often contributes to international conferences and international cultural events related to cultural industries with specific expertise in copyright law and collective management.

Minelik Alemu Getahun
Assistant Director General, Global Issues Sector, WIPO

Mr. Getahun, a national of Ethiopia, oversees the Sector for Global Issues of WIPO since December 2014. The Sector brings together a number of programs that address cross-cutting issues, including traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources; building respect for Intellectual Property (IP); IP and global challenges as well as external relations.

Before joining WIPO, Mr. Getahun served as the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN Offices at Geneva and in Vienna, other international organizations in Switzerland and in Vienna. He was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Switzerland and (non-resident) to Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. He was the legal advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and held different diplomatic positions. He served as a member of the African Union Commission on International Law.

Mr. Getahun holds a Master’s degree in Public International Law from University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Addis Ababa University.

Caroline Ncube
Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Ms. Caroline Ncube is a full professor in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Cape Town. She holds the National Research Foundation/Department of Science & Technology (NRF/DST) Research Chair in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development under the auspices of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI). She holds Ph.D. (Cape Town), LLM (Cantab) and LLB (Zimbabwe) degrees. She has been engaged in several international Intellectual Property (IP) law research projects, such as the Open African Innovation Research network (Open AIR) project of which she is a co-leader. Ms. Ncube has published widely on IP law on aspects including copyright law and access to works for under-served markets including persons with cognitive, aural, physical and other disabilities. She also focuses on the protection of indigenous knowledge, on which she has authored book chapters and co-edited a volume, Indigenous Knowledge & Intellectual Property. Ms. Ncube has also published Intellectual Property Policy, Law and Administration in Africa: Exploring Continental and Sub-regional Co-operation which considers how regional integration efforts impact IP law and policy in Africa.

Professor Ncube has conducted several studies for various organisations such as WIPO, SADC and UNECA. She teaches IP law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Cape Town and guest lectures at other universities such as Africa University. She is a member of various academic associations such as the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), the South African Association of Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law Teachers and Researchers (AIPLITL) and the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa. She is an Associate Member, of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. Ms. Ncube is one of the two founding co-editors of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, the first IP law specific journal in South Africa and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. Her publications, speaking and research are detailed at

Peter K. Yu
Professor of Law, Professor of Communication, Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, United States of America

Mr. Peter K. Yu is Professor of Law, Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University in the United States. He previously held the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and was the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School. He served as Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China and a visiting professor of law at Bocconi University, Hanken School of Economics, Hokkaido University, the University of Haifa, the University of Helsinki, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Strasbourg. He is the Director of Studies of the American Branch of the International Law Association and has served as the general editor of The WIPO Journal.

Having a holistic understanding of the local context is key to constructing an intellectual property system that promotes development.

Xavier Seuba
Associate Professor of Law of the University of Strasbourg, and Academic Coordinator and Scientific Responsible of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), Strasbourg, France

Mr. Xavier Seuba, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Law, Academic Coordinator and Scientific Responsible of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg, where he directs the Diploma on Patent Litigation in Europe, the judicial training activities and also, manages the CEIPI-BETA Project in Law and Economics of Intellectual Property. He has worked for several international organizations (WIPO, WHO, UNCTAD, OHCHR, EU, IDB, among other), and a number of national governments in legal and policy reform touching upon a range of intellectual property related subjects. He currently is Co-Rapporteur of the Global Health Law Committee, of the International Law Association. Professor Seuba predominantly works in the areas of patents, intellectual property enforcement, international intellectual property law, and health innovation and access.

Suerie Moon
Director of Research, Global Health Centre Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Suerie Moon, MPA, PhD, is Director of Research at the Global Health Centre and Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She also teaches and advises doctoral students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as adjunct Lecturer on Global Health. Her research and teaching focus on global governance, the political economy of global health (focusing on innovation and access to medicines; outbreak preparedness and response; trade, investment and intellectual property rules; and development assistance for health), the evolution of international regimes, and innovative policies for addressing global problems.

She is the author, with Wolfgang Hein, of Informal Norms in Global Governance: Human Rights, Intellectual Property Rules, and Access to Medicines (Routledge, 2013). She has conducted research on the policies and politics shaping innovation and access to medicines for twenty years, starting at Médecins Sans Frontières in 1999. She has served on a number of expert advisory bodies, including most recently the Board of Directors of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, WHO Fair Pricing Forum Advisory Group, Expert Advisory Group to the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, Proposal Review Committee of UNITAID, and US National Academies of Medicine Forum on Antimicrobial Threats. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, she was Study Director of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, and co-founded and led the Forum on Global Governance for Health, a focal point at Harvard University for research, debate and strategic convening on issues at the intersection of global governance and health. She received a BA from Yale, an MPA from Princeton, and PhD from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Wang Binying
Deputy Director General, Brands and Design Sector, WIPO

Deputy Director General Binying Wang (China) is responsible for the Brands and Designs Sector. This includes:

Ms. Wang joined WIPO in 1992 from the China Trademark Service. She was appointed ADG in December 2006, and has held her current DDG positition since December 2008.

Vladimir Lopatin
CEO, Chairman of the Board, Republican Scientific Research Institute of IP (RSRIIP), Russian Federation

Mr. Vladimir Lopatin is the Scientific Director of the Republican Scientific Research Institute of Intellectual Property (RSRIIP), Director General of the RSRIIP Corporation, the Chairman of the interstate technical committee for standardization MTK 550 “Intellectual Рroperty”, Doctor of Law, Professor, and Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Lopatin has more than 30 years of experience in the field of IP. He is the founder of the new direction in science - information law, the author of seven concepts in the field of state-building and national security, which are currently being implemented, including concepts of realization of state rights to IP (2001) and the concept of formation of the IP market as a condition for innovative development (2006). He is the author of 50 books and over 300 scientific papers, 15 national and interstate GOST (state) standards in the field of IP. Mr. Lopatin is the initiator of the creation and the permanent head of RSRIIP, the only scientific organization in Russia and the EAEU that specializes on IP issues. More than 100 projects related to the sale of IP worth more than 50 billion rubles were implemented with the participation of RSRIIP.

According to the results of the All-Russian competition Vladimir Lopatin was awarded a badge of honor “Scholar of the Year of Russia” five times (2010-2016). In 2015, according to the results of the open international competition held by the Oxford Academic Union, UK, he was recognized as the laureate of the “Scholar of the Year 2015” in the nomination “Social Sciences” in the category “Intellectual Property. Information law”.

Intellectual property should bring income to its right holder. In the era of universal digitalization national wealth will mainly grow due to intellectual property.

Yushi Torigoe
Deputy to the Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva

Yushi Torigoe is the Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration and Operations Coordination Department. He leads the overall coordination and promotion of activities of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), including the organization of World Telecommunication Development Conference, Telecommunication Development Advisory Group and other meetings. He also leads the Telecommunications Development Bureau (BDT) finance, administration and human resource services. Mr Torigoe is also co-chair of the steering committee of the joint ITU/WHO Be He@lthy Be Mobile initiative.

Before joining ITU, he held various senior positions in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan. He was the Director, responsible for radio spectrum policy, mobile satellite communications and radio equipment certification, and the Director of the International Organizations Office, which dealt with all matters related to ITU and other international organizations.

Mr Torigoe also served as acting Councillor for many ITU Council meetings and participated in a number of major ITU and other international conferences and meetings.

He was a Director at the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB), a standards development organization for radiocommunication, working on standard essential patent among others, and a Managing Director at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). He also worked in the Office of the Secretary-General of ITU and in the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) secretariat.

Mr Torigoe holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Imperial College, London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Cano Treviño
Representative for Europe, Tequila Regulatory Council, Geneva

Mr. Cano Treviño is the Chief European Representative Officer of Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT). He is responsible of the international protection of the Appellation of Origin Tequila, corporate relations with UN Agencies, WTO, European Commission and Government Affairs with European national authorities. CRT is the Conformity Assessment Agency and interprofessional organization representing all the actors of the Agave-Tequila production, Mr. Cano is in charge of verifying the compliance of the commercialisation of Tequila in Europe with the official Mexican Standard for Tequila (NOM 006) through certification and inspection activities to European importers and operators. Likewise Mr. Cano is responsible for leading the Tequila training and educational activities of the culture of Tequila in Europe. After leading CRT offices in Madrid (Spain) since 2005 and Brussels (Belgium) in 2007, he finally settles in 2010 CRT office for Europe in Geneva (Switzerland). Since 2007, Mr. Cano is a member of the Executive Committee of the Organization for an International Geographical Indications network (oriGIn), a non-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Geneva.

Mr. Cano previously worked as Industrial Property Expert at the Direction of International Relations of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) from the Ministry of Economy from 2000 to 2004. Among his duties he was responsible for the international cooperation between IMPI and other Industrial Properly Offices in the European Union, and follow up the international negotiations in Multilateral Fora at WIPO and the WTO (World Trade Organization) on the Intellectual Property.

After achieving with honours a Law degree in the Universidad del Valle de Mexico in 2000, he followed between 2001 and 2003 various courses which led him to specialize on Industrial Property law, precisely in the field of Appellations of Origin. He holds a Diploma in Intellectual Property including Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Appellations of Origin from CEIPI (Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle) in Strasbourg, France.


Mario Matus
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.