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Promoting Digital Trade

The Digital Trade Network (DTN) is the dedicated, permanent private sector resource for digital trade economic policy makers in Geneva. Our impartial, broad base of international supporters works 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 alike. 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 help 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.
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.
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.
Alexander Mora
Alexander MoraPresident and Vice-President, Costa Rica Chamber & Latin American Federation of Information and Communication Technologies
Founder and co-founder, chairman and manager of several companies in the technological sector, including TecApro, Indromics, Evicertia, InnovApro and Infonet International, he served as Foreign Trade Minister of the Republic of Costa Rica from 2014 to 2018. Mr. Mora has extensive experience in trade, banking and digital technologies. Firstly, as a successful entrepreneur in the digital technologies, telecommunications and corporate services areas, with over 25 years of experience. Secondly, as representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, as member of the Foreign Trade Advisory Council, the National Commission on Information Technologies and Communication and the National Commission on Competitiveness. Also as President and Vice-President of the Costa Rican Chamber and Latin American Federation of Information and Communication Technologies, the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters and as President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of several banks, insurance brokers and investment management funds. Mr. Mora has a degree in Economics and holds an MBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Costa Rica.

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