World Trade Organization names Ralph Ossa as chief economist

The World Trade Organization has appointed Ralph Ossa as chief economist.

He is currently chairman of the department of economics at the University of Zurich (UZH), where he holds the Kühne Foundation professorship of international trade.

Ossa’s research focuses on international economics, with a particular focus on specific economic policy. In particular, his work has centered on the economics of trade wars and trade talks, and estimates of how much countries gain from international trade.

Before moving to UZH, he served on the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

In a tweet announcing the appointment, WTO Deputy Director General Anabel Gonzalez said: “Welcome Ralph! Looking forward to working with you on an exciting and relevant trade agenda.”

A WTO spokesperson said Ossa will start the new role in January next year.