Dr. Patrick Low is currently AsiaGlobal Fellows Program Director at the Asia Global Institute. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Research at the Fung Global Institute. He served as Chief Economist at the World Trade Organization from 1997 to 2013.
He previously worked at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Secretariat from 1980 to 1987. After joining the WTO in 1995, he worked on trade in services for two years before his appointment as Chief Economist.
From 1999 to 2000 he also served as World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Mike Moore’s Chief of Staff. Between leaving the GATT and joining the WTO, Dr. Low taught economics at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, from 1987 to 1990, and during this time worked as a consultant for a range of governments and inter-governmental institutions. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as a senior economist in the World Bank’s research complex (International Trade Division). His main areas of research at the Bank were trade policy, trade and the environment, fiscal policy and customs reform.
Dr. Low was also an Adjunct Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, during his tenure as Chief Economist at the WTO. He taught two courses there, one on trade theory and the theory of trade policy, and the other on the economics of the environment, trade and climate change. Dr. Low holds a BA in Economics from the University of Kent and a PhD in Economics from Sussex University, both in the UK, and has written widely on a range of trade policy issues.