Guest Speaker Highlight – Eric Buchot

by | Jan 25, 2024 | Advocacy | 0 comments

We are pleased to present you Eric Buchot, Head of Programme at the International Trade Center with 20 years of experience, who will deliver a learning session at the next edition of the Advocacy and International Public Affairs Executive Programme starting on 26 March 2024.

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us more about your professional experience?

My name is Eric Buchot, and I lead the International Trade Centre’s operations in Iraq, primarily focusing on economic development and job creation.

With two decades of experience in the public and private sectors supporting trade competitiveness and development, I have worked on projects in more than 40 countries and across various economic sectors. I have led some of the ITC’s largest trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) initiatives, including in complex and post-conflict environments. Most recently, these have included trade development initiatives in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.

Before joining ITC in 2006, I worked at UNCTAD’s Advisory Services on Investment and as a business unit manager for a global trading corporation. I am also a Professeur Associé at Grenoble Alps University, Faculty of Economy, European and International Studies.

How can your session help the participants in their learning journey?

My session will give participants an understanding of the policy-making process and the skills needed to guide and influence it effectively. This session covers topics such as the stages of policy development, the role of different stakeholders in the process, and the strategies that can influence decision-makers.

In addition, we focus on developing essential skills such as communication, negotiation, and relationship-building, which are critical for successful advocacy. By providing participants with a solid understanding of policy advocacy and the skills needed to influence policy-making, the session can equip participants with the knowledge and tools they need to become effective advocates in international affairs.

What does Advocacy mean to you?

Advocacy is about using our voice and influence to shape the policies and practices that affect our lives and communities.

What do you like about passing on your knowledge?

To bring students and professionals to question their current perception of things. It’s also about promoting a culture of openness, transparency and trust and encouraging others to do the same. It’s, of course, personally rewarding as it gives a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

What advice would you recommend to participants looking to join your field of work?

To develop their interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity as much as their academic background.

What is your favourite quote?

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” Albert Schweitzer

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