Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Director of the World Trade Organization between 1999 and 2002, Mike Moore has had a long and distinguished career in politics.
Mr. Moore's term at the WTO has coincided with momentous changes in the global economy and multilateral trading system. He is widely credited with restoring confidence in the system following the setback of the 3rd Ministerial Conference held in Seattle in 1999. He also introduced a range of strategic management techniques and initiated important organizational changes within the Secretariat.
While maintaining the organization's focus on core business of trade liberalization, Mr. Moore gave particular attention to helping poor countries participate effectively in the multilateral trading system. He introduced initiatives to enhance the WTO's image and to deepen its relations with civil society, resulting in 10 new members joining the WTO during his tenure - including China.
Mr. More became the youngest member of Parliament ever elected in New Zealand in 1972. On behalf of his country, he was an active participant in international discussions on trade liberalization. As Minister of Overseas Trade and Marketing, he played a leading role in launching the Uruguay Round of GAAT negotiations. He was also the longest serving member of the New Zealand Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mr. More is a distinguished author and recipient of many honors. He was awarded the Order of New Zealand (1999), the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (2002), the Chancellor's Medal from the University of Chile, the BusinessWeek Award from Erasmus University, and the Medal of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay - its highest national honor.
Widely respected for his leadership, experience and decision-making skills in launching multilateral trade negotiations, Mike Moore is a speaker who brings a wealth of insights to any conference concerned with trans-global business.