Invited speakers

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Lucia Barcena

Lucia is an experienced researcher with expertise in the European Union's trade and investment agenda and international investment regulations. She is an invited professor at the University of Comillas-ICADE and a socio ecologist activist with a focus on promoting sustainable and responsible investment policies for economic justice.

Penny Clarke 

Penny Clarke, Deputy General Secretary of the European Public Service Unions (EPSU).   EPSU brings together trade unions from across Europe and represents over 8 million public service workers in local and regional government, national and EU public administration, health and social services, and utilities (energy, water and sanitation, waste).  Penny coordinates EPSU’s policies on public services and trade, investment, EU Single Market, and competition policy. 

Luciana Ghiotto

Luciana Ghiotto is a Researcher based at the National University of San Martín (UNSAM) in Argentina. She is a Professor of International Polítical Economy. She has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences (2012) from the University of Buenos Aires. She is an associate researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI). 

Bettina Müller

Bettina Müller arbeitet als Referentin für Handels- und Investitionspolitik bei PowerShift und dem Transnational Institute. Ihr Schwerpunktgebiete sind Handelsabkommen mit Lateinamerika sowie Konzernklagerechte und deren Folgen für lateinamerikanische und karibische Staaten. Bettina lebt und arbeitet in Berlin.


Sandra Polaski

Sandra Polaski has been a policy maker, research expert and advocate on trade, labor and income distribution policy at national and international levels.  She served as the Deputy Director-General for Policy of the International Labor Organization and was its Sherpa to the G20.  Earlier she headed the US Department of Labor’s International Labor Affairs Bureau where she negotiated labor provisions of international trade agreements.  Before that she directed the Trade, Equity and Development Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global think tank. She is currently affiliated with Boston University as a senior research scholar in the Global Economic Governance Initiative and is a member of the Independent Mexico Labor Expert Board, created by the US Congress to monitor and advise on Mexican labor policy in the context of the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).  She has published widely on trade, labor and social policy topics.