Dr Ratnakar Adhikari has been serving the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization as its Executive Director since October 2013. Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a Kathmandu-based regional think tank. Previously he served, among others, as a Senior Adviser to the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, and Trade Programme Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He also worked as a Manager of Nepal Indosuez Bank Ltd (a member of the Crédit Agricole Group) and a lecturer at the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, besides working as a consultant for various multilateral organizations. His country experience includes: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea and Sri Lanka.
Dr Adhikari has conducted extensive research as well as published in the areas of international trade, regional economic integration, Aid for Trade, competition policy and intellectual property rights, particularly from the perspective of the least developed countries.
He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; his Masters of International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute, Switzerland; and his Masters of Commerce from the University of Delhi, India.
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