Stuart Harbinson


Stuart is an independent trade policy consultant based in Geneva. He represented the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China at the WTO for eight years (1994-2002), in which capacity he also chaired many of the WTO’s key Councils, Committees and negotiating groups.  He has served on a number of WTO dispute settlement panels. 

After leaving the Hong Kong SAR Government, he subsequently became Chief of Staff and Special Adviser, respectively, to WTO Directors-General Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi and Pascal Lamy.  He then became Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.  Following three years working on trade policy for major international law firms, he established his own trade consultancy in Geneva in 2012.  He is also affiliated to the European Centre for International Political Economy (Brussels), the Fung Global Institute (Hong Kong) and the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Center.