Stuart Harbinson served as a senior Hong Kong government trade policy official and negotiator in the 1980s and 1990s.  He represented Hong Kong (later the HK Special Administrative Region of China) at the WTO for eight years, in which capacity he also chaired some of the WTO’s key Councils, Committees and negotiating groups.  He subsequently became Chief of Staff and Special Adviser to the Director-General of the WTO, and then Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Based in Geneva, he is currently Senior Consultant on International Trade for the global communications agency Hume Brophy, and is also a Fellow of the European Centre for International Political Economy (Brussels) and the Asia Global Institute (Hong Kong).