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After working in the WTO Secretariat in Geneva for over a decade on trade and environment issues, I joined IISD as an Associate in 2003. Following my husband's career as a Brazilian diplomat, we moved from Geneva to Mexico (3.5 years), Bangkok (3.5 years), Brasilia (5 years) and Buenos Aires (4 years). We are currently posted in Tokyo, Japan.
I hold a doctoral degree from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Masters degrees in international relations from the Universities of Geneva and Ottawa.
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You seem to be following us Hirsch brothers around! Yes I do have a strong interest in biofuels from various angles - not least because I am currently working on the Global Biodiversity Outlook for Convention on Biological Diversity in which biofuels affect a critical part of the message.
Unfortunately I rarely go to Brasilia - but if you happen to be passing this way in São Paulo it would be great to meet up, either in the city or if you fancied a visit to the deepest Atlantic Forest at www.sitiodocervo.com.
Anyway let´s chat one way or another.
Let's continue this via normal email, ok? Mine is hirsch at tim dot gmail dot com.
Hi Sabrina ,
I am a developmental researcher based in India (interests: international trade, climate change and international enviornmental politics).
I would be honored if you accept my friendly invitation !
Thanks for the encouragement. I agree that we are largely groping in the dark on matters SMEs, simply because the dominant neoclassical theory has favored, albeit erroneously, big incumbent business as the engines of growth. Yes, I have a solid adviser and hoping to assemble a diverse team, given the nature of the subject. No specific focus on a country or region so I'm open to possibilities. It will most likely be a comparative analysis. How do you like IISD, compared to WTO? Are we any closer to reconciling trade with environment?
Thanks for the compliments. I share in your admiration of the two. My Ph.D. topic is still in its infancy. However, it will be in the lines of the effects of "closed" business networks on the recognition and exploitation of entrepreneurship opportunities, how this affects the competitiveness of economies and trade outcomes of economies. It encompasses issues like barriers to new firm formation and growth, the effect of depressed competition on dynamism of domestic economies, and the link to international trade performance. Sounds complex, but I hope to refine it with time.
Hi Sabrina, so great to find you here. If I'm not mistaken, I remember first hearing about you when you worked on a project with one of my former bosses, Mr. Ojijo Odhiambo, while at the WTO. Now I again encounter you through another mentor and colleague, CJ. It's indeed a small world! I hope that IISD is treating you well and that we'll get a chance to interact more.