Amb. Alan

Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization , Switzerland


Alan Wm. Wolff, became WTO Deputy Director General on October 1, 2017.  He was formerly in private law practice dealing extensively with international trade matters.  For the last six years prior to joining the WTO he also served as the Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), the oldest American association supporting open international trade.

Ambassador Wolff served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations in the Carter Administration and was General Counsel of the Office in the Ford Administration. He was acting Head of the U.S. Delegation for the Tokyo Round, and a principal draftsman of the basic U.S. law creating a mandate for trade negotiations. As Deputy USTR he was a founder of the OECD Steel Committee and its first chairman. He has served as a senior trade negotiator in, and advisor to, both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Prior to his service at USTR, he served in the U.S. Treasury as a staff attorney for the National Advisory Committee on International Monetary and Financial Policy, participating in the work of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, reviewing lending policies in the IMF and the World Bank.

He represented the United States for the drafting of the Articles of Agreement of the African Development Fund and was director of the Treasury’s Office of Multilateral Trade Negotiations.  

He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), is a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies, having served several terms on the Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board of the Academies, chairing its Committee on Comparative Innovation Policies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He has lectured and written extensively on trade topics including the need for a strong, open rules-based multilateral trading system.  

He holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University and an A.B. degree from Harvard College. He is married to the Rev. Helene N. Wolff.  They have three children and six grandchildren.



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