Alan Wm. Wolff

Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE).

His research focuses on developing reforms of the WTO; responding to the role of the United States, the European Union, and China in the international trading system; and serving the needs of all countries in using trade to achieve economic prosperity.

Before joining PIIE, he was Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). There, Wolff was responsible for divisions dealing with accessions, agriculture, trade and the environment, standards, translation, and information technology support. He is a founder of the Trade for Peace (T4P) Initiative, which joins the WTO, the International Financial Institutions, and the peace community in their efforts to provide assistance to fragile and conflict-affected countries.

Prior to joining the WTO Secretariat, Wolff was a leading member of the trade bar pioneering a team approach of combining economics, law, and forensic analysis to address problems in international competition. As a legal practitioner, he has been engaged in resolving some of the largest international trade disputes on record.

Earlier in his career, Wolff served as U.S. deputy special representative for trade negotiations in the Carter Administration and general counsel of the office in the Ford Administration. He was a principal draftsman of the U.S. law creating a mandate for trade negotiations. As Deputy USTR, he was a founder of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Steel Committee and its first chairman.

Pestilence, Famine, War... Death? The Future of Trade

March 13   |   4PM CT

In this panel, experts reflect on what has worked, what has not, and what the future might hold for supply chains and trade relationships.

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