Global trade 2022

How do new realities impact risk management and resilience in global trade? Enjoy unique insight and networking at our essential conference.

3 November 2022 — 9:00AM TO 6:00PM
Chatham House and Online
Cargo ship being loaded with containers at a dock.

Overcoming risks and new realities

An uncertain and rapidly changing international environment is challenging existing global trade dynamics while creating new trade linkages. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the continuing effects of the pandemic and US-China trade tensions have resulted in countries redefining trade as a fundamental part of their economic security.

Coupled with a shift towards a green and digital economy, governments, businesses and societies are being pushed to navigate new approaches to new realities.

Within this context, this annual conference returns as an in-person event for its 8th edition and will be simultaneously broadcast on our LIVE virtual event platform.

Why attend?

  • Gain insight into how trade’s increased geo-politicization is impacting global trade dynamics.
  • Understand the significance of the green trade agenda and what it means for supply chains.
  • Collaborate with peers on how the sector can best support the digitalization of trade.
  • Network in-person and make connections with policymakers, industry and trade practitioners.
  • Drive the conversation through high-level panel dialogues, networking sessions and under-the-rule discussions.

Who attends

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The venue

Chatham House is a trusted forum for debate and independent analysis. Our conferences provide access to thought leadership, market insight and influential ideas by bringing together policymakers, world leaders, senior business executives and sector specialists.

Join us at our world-famous Grade II listed home in beautiful St James Square, London.


Thursday 3 November (timings subject to change)

A new era of globalization?

Are we entering a new phase of de-globalization or rather re-globalization? What are the implications of heightened geo-political tensions for the global trade system? How will economic security define trade conversations? How can business navigate an increasingly complex international environment and better prepare themselves for geo-political risks and trade shocks?

Ignacio García Bercero, Director, Multilateral Affairs, Strategy, Analysis and Evaluation, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
Yu Jie, Senior Research Fellow on China, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House
Stewart Paterson, Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation 
Jeongmin Seong, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Chair: Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, Senior Research Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Programme; Project Director, Global Trade Policy Forum, Chatham House


Networking break


How will the green agenda transform global trade?

How can trade tools be effectively utilised to help address the climate crisis?  How can businesses effectively adapt to these measures, as well as take steps to green their own supply chains?  What should be the role of multilateral institutions in managing the green transition?  How can we ensure that the benefits of greening trade are felt by all, including emerging economies? 

Braz Baracuhy, Minister Counsellor and Deputy-Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization  
Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Consulting Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Programme; Associate Fellow, Sustainability Accelerator, Chatham House
Jennifer Hillman, Professor of Practice, Georgetown University Law Center 
Pascal Lamy, Director-General (2005-2013), World Trade Organization
Emily Lydgate, Deputy Director, UK Trade Policy Observatory
Chair: Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute   


Networking lunch


Harnessing the power of digital trade

How can we overcome international differences in approaches to building a global trade system fit for the digital age? To what extent can digital trade agreements better adapt for emerging technologies? Where is there potential to strengthen transatlantic digital cooperation? What is the progress to date of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council?

Rhys Bowen, International Director, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Mary Elizabeth Chelliah, Principal Trade Specialist, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore 
Ben Digby, Head of Global Trade Policy, HSBC
Minako Morita-Jaeger, Senior Research Fellow in International Trade, Department of Economics, UK Trade Policy Observatory, University of Sussex
Chair: Roger Coelho, Senior Policy Director, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union


Networking break


Preparing the supply chains of tomorrow

What pressures are transforming global supply chains and how can we foster greater collaboration to ease disruption on trade? What measures are governments and businesses taking to increase resiliency in critical sectors? Is the shift towards localization at the cost of efficiency?

Lisandra Flach, Director, Center for International Economics, ifo Institute Munich 
Bernice Lee, Research Director, Futures; Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability; Chair, Sustainability Accelerator Advisory Board, Chatham House
Philippa Makepeace, Director, Global Supply Chains, Department for International Trade
Evan Smith, CEO and Co-Founder, Altana AI 
Chair: Rachana Shanbhogue, Deputy Business Affairs Editor, The Economist 


The future of UK trade

How does Britain pursue its international trade agenda in an increasingly fragmented and challenging world? 

The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State, Department for International Trade 
Chair: Alan Beattie, Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Programme, Chatham House


Close of conference and networking drinks reception


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