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Digital Trade Network

The Digital Trade Network (DTN) is a new initiative providing a permanent private sector resource for digital trade policy makers in Geneva. We are building an impartial, broad base of international supporters to work with the World Trade Organization, UN Conference for Trade and Development, International Trade Centre, and related economic policy agencies in Geneva with a focus on the networked economy.

By providing a local Geneva voice on Digital Trade, we support a more consistent local interface for the private sector and policy makers. DTN has a particular interest in supporting WTO Members with limited capacity to keep pace with industry trends and policy developments and we are dedicated to outcomes that will support sustainable development and helping trade policy to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

The network is hosted out of London with a Permanent Representative in Geneva.

Meet The Team

Our success lies in our ability in assembling the right team to support and drive our campaign forward. We bring together people with the most relevant sector experience and expertise to generate great ideas and represent the voice of businesses globally.

Nick Ashton-Hart
Nick Ashton-HartGeneva Representative
Nick Ashton-Hart is the Geneva Representative of the Digital Trade Network. following on from his work over than a decade as the only Geneva-based representative from the technology sector to the UN, its specialised agencies, and member-state delegations.
Chris Southworth
Chris SouthworthSecretary General, ICC United Kingdom
Chris Southworth is Secretary General at the International Chamber of Commerce UK. Prior to joining ICC he was Executive Director for Global Partnerships, at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Head of the International Chambers of Commerce Unit at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and a Senior Policy Advisor to Lord Heseltine for his independent review of UK competitiveness.
Daniel Crosby
Daniel CrosbyPartner, King & Spalding
Daniel Crosby specialises in international trade, investment and matters related to public international law. A partner in King & Spalding’s International Trade practice and the manager of the Geneva office, Daniel helps sovereign and business clients to achieve practical economic objectives around the world by applying and negotiating international agreements.
Dr Jim Poisant
Dr Jim PoisantSecretary General, WITSA
Jim Poisant was appointed the Secretary General of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) in June, 2006. In that capacity, he directs the day-to-day operations of the alliance. The WITSA alliance consists of over 80 leading ICT Associations from around the globe.
Gabriel Petrus
Gabriel PetrusExecutive Director, ICC Brazil
Gabriel Petrus is the Executive Director of ICC Brazil. Previously, he was Senior Public Policy Associate at Uber Technologies. Between 2013 and 2016, he was the Director of Political Risk Analysis of Barral M Jorge, a consulting firm on international trade. Previously, he served as an adviser to the Chief of Staff to Brazil’s President, between 2010 and 2013.
Nikolaus Schultze
Nikolaus SchultzeDirector of Policy & Global Affairs, ICC
Prior to joining the ICC, Nikolaus was COO at the International Maritime Organization in Malmö, following his tenure as Assistant Director-General at the Global Green Growth Institute in Seoul, Korea where he oversaw a major reorganisation enabling the business to advise companies on green investment strategies. He has held a number of senior executive and Board positions with Swiss-based sustainable finance and advisory firms as well as with Syngenta Foundation where he developed and managed structured financial vehicles for low-carbon investments and SME growth finance in emerging markets.
Shafquat Haider
Shafquat HaiderChairman, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI)
Shafquat Haider is Director of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and works on several Government of Bangladesh initiatives on skills development, including his role as the Chairman of the Industry Skills Council for ICT. In South Asia, he Chairs the Council for Communication and Information Technology of SAARC CCI.
He is the Managing Director of CIPROCO Computers Ltd., the first private sector IT company (1981) in Bangladesh, pioneering the introduction of personal computers in the country.
Shafquat is a Member of the Board of Advisors, Intra-Commonwealth SME Association (ICSA), spearheaded by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. He also sits on the Board of Governors, Bangladesh Institute of Management.
Rob Mulligan
Rob MulliganSenior VP, Policy and Government Affairs, US Council for International Business
As Senior Vice President for Policy & Government Affairs at USCIB, Rob Mulligan oversees wide ranging activities on international trade, investment, economic and regulatory matters, and supervises a staff of policy professionals whose expertise covers a host of issues affecting American companies engaged in global business. He also coordinates USCIB policy and advocacy work with the U.S. and foreign governments, our international affiliates – ICC, BIAC and IOE – and other international groups.

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