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Mark Assaf


Chief Human Resources Development/TrainForTrade

Mr. Mark Assaf is the Chief of the Human Resources Development Section– TRAINFORTRADE at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a Master’s in Economics from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium).

Mr. Assaf has over 20 years of experience in International Institutions and private sector multinationals. He oversees major programs in the field of International Trade Statistics, E-Commerce, and Port Management to support sustainable economic development.

Mr. Assaf believes in building sustainable networks of knowledge to enhance national ownership and international cooperation as per SDG 17. He is a strong promoter of digital solutions and innovative thinking to enhance the capacities of international trade players. He dedicates his efforts to support development-oriented trade policy to reduce poverty and to promote transparency and good practices within UN member states.

Sessions With Mark Assaf

Wednesday, 18 May

  • 10:45am - 11:00am (PST) / 18/may/2022 05:45 pm - 18/may/2022 06:00 pm

    Port Endeavor: A Business Game to Foster Sustainable Port Development

    Created following a brainstorm of over 30 IAPH member ports in a UN forum in Geneva, Port Endeavor is an innovative game for port professionals who decide on activities and respond to adverse events to make their ports more sustainable. Get an insight from UNCTAD TrainForTrade's Mark Assaf on its success and how it is raising the profile of the UN Sustainable Development Goals at ports