Women Pioneers at the WTO pays tribute to women who have played a pioneering role in the activities of the WTO and the multilateral trading system over the last 25 years.

Their stories are inspiring to us all and will hopefully encourage future generations of young women to follow in their footsteps.

Curator: IERD
Illustrator: Marion Mazer


Amina Mohamed

A career in multilateral negotiations can be exciting and fulfilling. In return, it demands commitment, hard work, focus and enduring passion. Multilateral trade is transformational. It is a force for good and has immense socio-economic relevance to billions of people across the world, but it needs our political goodwill and our total commitment.


Biography


Anabel González


Arancha González Laya

Bust discriminations when you see them. Fight them with a smile; but fight them because we need to make sure that international trade and the global economy leave no one behind.


Biography

Video story


Cecilia Malmström


Elin Østebø Johansen

Given the huge challenges facing multilateral cooperation these days, young, smart, ambitious, multitasking women may exactly be what is needed in order to sustain this system for another 25 years.


Biography


Frances Lisson


Roslyn Jackson

Looking forward beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, I am confident that the organization will continue to work towards strengthening and improving the world trading system for the benefit of all. At the end of the day, it is the quality of the work that you do that counts regardless of gender, so work hard and work well, but when necessary, stand up for yourselves and don't back down.


Biography

Video story


Sunanta Kangvalkulkij


Susan Schwab

Let's get our act together. This institution is very important to all of us. The membership is responsible for the organization and is the membership who needs to fix the organization.


Biography

Video story


Valentine Rugwabiza


Yuejiao Zhang

I call on young colleagues, particular women, to continue to study and work hard to pursue the WTO reform.


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Women Directors, 2020


Xioalin Chai

Perseverance is very important, like a bamboo that we bend, but we will never break. So, we may fail from time to time and we may fall, but don't lose heart. Get right up and continue to move on.


Biography

Bridget Chilala

Be driven. Be insistent. Be consistent. Be focused and be ambitious and an achiever, you will get where you want to be in the end.


Biography

Clarisse Morgan

Can you have it all? I'd say yes. But maybe not all at the same time. So, make your career in something that you care about and take the long view. Keep your eyes on the prize. Be ambitious but try not to get too impatient. And, finally, persist.


Biography

Maika Oshikawa

I would like to see this institution strive equally, if not more, for the next 25 years.


Biography

Nthisana Phillips

I'd like to say to young people who are looking to follow a similar career path: focus is everything, self-belief even more, and hard work is indispensable.


Biography

Suja Rishikesh Mavroidis

We saw the GATT transform to the WTO. The WTO is going to transform into something else. We need to have an organisation which is robust, forward looking, and, which can absorb risks.


Biography