Colette van der Ven

Founder and Director, Tulip Consulting

I am an international trade lawyer specialized in trade and development. As founder and director of TULIP Consulting, a Geneva-based consulting firm, and founder and director of Sidley Austin’s Trade for Development pro bono program, I advise governments and international organizations on issues related to trade law and sustainable development.

Previously, I worked as an international trade lawyer at Sidley Austin’s international dispute settlement practice in Geneva, representing governments in their disputes at the World Trade Organization. In this role, I was given the opportunity to plead before the Appellate Body. I have also interned for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia; represented Brazilian inmates at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; worked on anti-corruption issues for the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency; mapped the agricultural policy landscape for Acumen in India; and did stints in journalism for International Bridges to Justice in the Philippines and Instituto Prensa y Sociedad in Peru. I hold a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and I am a United World College alum. I am also a member of the New York Bar.

I have published numerous academic articles and policy papers on issues related to trade and sustainable development, including for the Brookings Institute and the OECD. My book proposal on African development policy was shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower prize for best book proposals for authors under 35. I am frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences. I speak fluent Dutch (native) and English, and have near-fluent proficiency in French and Spanish

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