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Edgard Cabrera

Edgard Cabrera is an Executive and International Advisor on Marine Meteorology, Oceanography and Maritime Affairs. He is currently Member of the Regional Planning Group for Tropical Americas and the Caribbean Region in charge of the implementation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science.

Former Chief of Ocean Affairs Division at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for 13 years, Edgard was responsible for the implementation of the Marine Meteorology and Oceanography Programme at WMO. Previously he had a successful career of 25 years + as a naval commissioned officer and physical oceanographer, serving in technical, scientific, academic, operational, and senior positions in the Colombian Navy and National Maritime Authority.

This unique professional experience includes roles as Naval Attaché to the Colombian Embassy in the United States, Secretary General to the Maritime Auhtority and Executive Secretary of the Colombian Commussion for the Oceans, Director of Marine Research and National Hydrographic Service of Colombia, Director of Research Oceanographic and Hydrographic Centres at the Colombian Navy in the Pacific Coast, and Dean of the Colombian Navy Academy’s Physical Oceanography Faculty.

Recently, Edgard has been working with the IMO, with UNCTAD, and with the IOC of UNESCO in the programmes/projects related to Hydrology, Meteorology, Climate and Marine activities. He is a highly experience international advisor and multilinguist (Spanish, French, English, Portuguese and German) with a unique experience in ocean and maritime affairs.

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Me Stephanie Noel

S.Noël Law Office


Stéphanie Noël (Member of the Paris Bar and EU/EFTA Attorney-at-Law of the Geneva Bar) is the principal of S. Noël Law office (Geneva), specialized in international trade. She advises on all matters relating to market access, trade defence, WTO law and preferential trade agreements. She stands out for being communication and policy oriented. A sustainable trade enthusiast, she has been actively involved on issues pertaining to the trade and environment nexus.

Stéphanie has advised governments in the developed and developing worlds as well as businesses, NGOs and think tanks on various trade law issues: domestic measures which may impact trade (product regulations, labelling requirements, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, tax measures, measures relating to production processes and methods), trade defence proceedings across multiple jurisdictions and trade in services (notably digital trade), the negotiation and implementation of preferential trade agreements. Her litigation track record includes cases before the WTO dispute settlement body (panel & Appellate Body) and the Court of Justice of the European Union. She has experience of technical assistance and institutional capacity building.

Stéphanie holds LLMs in trade law (Paris V and Bond University, Australia), a master in international risk management (HEC Paris), and a PGD in economic policy (SOAS, University of London). She regularly speaks at conferences and has authored articles in specialist journals. She also serves as a member of the editorial board of the Global Trade & Customs Journal (Wolters Kluwer) and is co-founder of the Trade Policy Exchange. She practices in English and French.

She has been consistently listed among the world’s leading trade & customs lawyers by Who’s Who Legal (Trade & Customs) since 2018 and Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal Switzerland 2021 for Trade & Customs.