Jürgen Knirsch Studied biology at the University of Bremen, has been involved in trade issues (pesticide exports, agricultural trade, trade in individual commodities) since 1984. From 1999 to 2022, campaigner on trade and environment at Greenpeace, working on the WTO and UNCTAD and selected EU free trade agreements (TTIP, CETA, JEFTA, EU-Mercosur) and plurilateral agreements (such as TiSA and EGA).
Melinda St. Louis is the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Since working alongside labor unions and farmer organizations in Nicaragua fighting for fair trade policies more than two decades ago, St. Louis has developed deep expertise in trade and globalization issues and fought for progressive alternatives to corporate globalization that benefit people and the planet. She provides expert analysis of technical trade agreement provisions and implications for domestic policymaking to Congress and high-level government officials, the press, and civil society partners in the U.S. and around the globe and has helped lead successful campaigns to stop the corporate agenda of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, advance official discussions at the World Trade Organization about financial regulation, and support governments exiting from harmful investment treaties. She is a committed coalition builder, nurturing numerous global South-North coalitions, as well as broad and deep coalitions across the U.S., working cross-culturally to build trust, plan together, and implement coordinated strategic actions to challenge corporate power.