Director-General of the World Trade Organization
|Director-General of the World Trade Organization|
|World Trade Organization|
|Status||Chief Administrative Officer|
|Reports to||General Council|
|Seat||Centre William Rappard, Geneva, Switzerland|
|Term length||Four years, renewable|
|Constituting instrument||WTO organization chart|
|Formation||1 July 1993|
|First holder||Peter Sutherland|
The Director-General of the World Trade Organization is the officer of the World Trade Organization responsible for supervising and directing the organization's administrative operations. Because World Trade Organizations' decisions are made by member states (through either a Ministerial Conference or through the General Council), the Director-General has little power over matters of policy - the role is primarily advisory and managerial. The Director-General supervises the WTO secretariat of about 700 staff and is appointed by WTO members for a term of four years.
This is a list of former holders of the office of director-general. The post was created in 1995, although the earlier office of Executive Secretary is often seen as a direct equivalent.
|Name||Portrait||Took office||Left office||Country|
|1||Peter Sutherland||1 July 1993||1 May 1995||Ireland|
|2||Renato Ruggiero||1 May 1995||1 September 1999||Italy|
|3||Mike Moore||1 September 1999||1 September 2002||New Zealand|
|4||Supachai Panitchpakdi||1 September 2002||1 September 2005||Thailand|
|5||Pascal Lamy||1 September 2005||1 September 2013||France|
|6||Roberto Azevedo||1 September 2013||incumbent
(planned on 31 August 2020)
- See document WT/L/509, accessible from
- McClanahan, Paige (8 May 2013). "Roberto Azevêdo to be named new World Trade Organisation chief". Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Previous GATT and WTO Directors-General". WTO. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "WTO chief Roberto Azevêdo to step down early". The Financial Times. 14 May 2020.