It’s Our Future – Kiwis against the TPPA
International Trade and Investment expert visiting New Zealand: Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram will visit New Zealand this week. He will be available for interviews in Auckland on Wednesday
15 June and Friday 17 June, and in Wellington on Thursday 16 June.
Dr. Sundaram has a distinguished career:
• FAO Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development from August 2012 until the end of
• Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs from January
2005 until June 2012
• Honorary Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development
from December 2006 until September 2012
• A member of the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of
the International Monetary and Financial System
• G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012
• In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought
• Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1987-1988; 1991-1992) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research
Institute, National University of Singapore (2004)
• Authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles
for the media
Dr. Sundaram has undertaken research on trade and investment agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Agreement (TPPA). He was a co-author of a leading economic study on the economic impacts of the TPPA that predicted job
losses, lower incomes and rising inequality.
He will be a keynote speaker at public events to be held at Massey University Museum Theatrette at 6pm on Thursday and
at St Matthew in the City at6.30pm on Friday 17 June.