Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz is co‐founding Chief Executive of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and publisher of BRIDGES periodicals since their conception in 1997. Currently serves as convener for the E15 Initiative, a joint undertaking of ICTSD and the World Economic Forum (WEF) looking into the future of the global trade system. Non-Executive Director of the Meridian Institute (US) and IP Watch (Geneva), and member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council. Also of the Advisory Group of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainability launched in 2016. Formerly a negotiator on trade, development and environmental matters; co-founder and inaugural Executive Director of Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito). Chief of Administration of the Office of the President of Colombia.