Nicolas Imboden

Partner and Cofounder of IDEAS Centre

Nicolas Imboden, a Swiss national, graduated in law at the University of Geneva, holds a degree in development studies from the then African Development Institute; a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston and was an AMP student at Harvard.

He is partner and cofounder of IDEAS Centre. Since the organisation’s creation in 2002, he directs and provides high-level advice to all its projects: assistance in accession/post-accession, trade policy advice (WTO, regional integration, bilateral trade agreements), trade-related capacity-building, training and assistance.

Previously he was Senior Vice President of SGS (1999-2002), a Swiss Government trade and aid official with the rank of an ambassador (1992-1999), Governor of the regional development banks (ADB, AFDB, IDB) and Executive Director at the EBRD (1992). He was the Swiss negotiator for market access and agriculture during the Uruguay Round negotiations (1987-1992). He also worked in the World Bank as an agricultural economist (1978-1982), OECD (1974-1978 as researcher on aid monitoring) and UNDP (1972-1974 as Program Officer in Chad).

He is currently a member of the International Food and Agricultural Policy Council (IPC). He has been a member of various Expert Groups of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and of the UNDP Human Development Report.

Bridges news

15 Novembre 2017
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24 Novembre 2015
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10 Avril 2012
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