Biographies of speakers

H.E. Mr. Amr Ramadan, Egypt (Moderator)

Ambassador Amr Ramadan is the Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Egypt to the United Nations Office at Geneva. Prior to his appointment to Geneva in 2014, Ambassador Ramadan had been serving as Egypt’s ambassador to Portugal since 2013. Before that, he was Deputy Assistant Minister for the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Specialized Agencies. He served as Deputy Chief of the Mission of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC, United States of America, from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Ramadan was the trade negotiator at the Permanent Mission of Egypt in Geneva from 1999 to 2004, during which time he covered the work of the World Trade Organization. He also worked at the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Ramadan has held various posts within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo, including as a member of the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister from 1994 to 1999, and as the Director of three divisions on international economic relations, the United Nations and the Arab Levant at the Ministry from 2004 to 2006.

H. E. Ms. Flavia Piovesan, Brazil

H. E. Ms. Flavia Piovesan is the Secretary for Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice of Brazil. Prior to her appointment in May 2016, she was Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. She was a visiting fellow of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School and of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International law; and a human rights fellow at the Centre for Brazilian Studies at the University of Oxford. Ms. Piovesan was a Humboldt Foundation George Foster research fellow from 2009-2014. She is a Member of the Organization of American States’ working group for monitoring the Protocol of San Salvador on social, economic and cultural rights. She was also a Member of the National Council in Defence of the Rights of the Human Person and the Human Rights University Network. She is the author of several books and other publications on human rights and global development issues.

H.E. Mr. Wayne McCook, Jamaica

Ambassador Wayne McCook is the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations Office and Specialised Agencies in Geneva, Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation. He is Chairman of the WTO Rules Negotiating Group, the WTO Working Party on the Accession of the Bahamas, the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore and a Member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Ambassador McCook assumed duties in Geneva in 2011 after serving as Head of the Policy Planning Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. He served as Jamaica’s first resident Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and concurrently as Ambassador to Viet Nam, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Thailand and Laos and High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Pakistan. At the Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador McCook has served as Director of the Caribbean and Americas and the Information Departments and as Senior Director then Undersecretary in the Foreign Trade Division.

Dr. Mihir Kanade, India

Dr. Mihir Kanade is the Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), headquartered in Costa Rica. He is also the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies, specializing in International Human Rights Law, and a Master degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from UPEACE. He also holds a LL.B. from Nagpur University, India. He is an adjunct professor at Long Island University (United States of America), Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain), and a visiting professor at Université Cheick Anta Diop (Senegal). His principal area of academic research is Globalization and Human Rights. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Dr. Kanade practiced for 6 years as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. 

Mr. Martin Khor, Malaysia

Mr. Martin KHOR Kok Peng, a Malaysian citizen, is Executive Director of the South Centre. The Centre is an inter-governmental organization of 53 developing countries’ governments.  It conducts research and organises meetings for developing countries on issues including climate change, trade, investment, intellectual property and the environment. He was previously the Director of the Third World Network, which is a network of NGOs and research centres in the developing world.  He was a Vice Chair of the Working Group of Experts on the Right to Development under the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and is also a former member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy. He has authored many books and papers on trade, sustainable development, intellectual property, health and economic issues.