John Hancock

Senior Counsellor at the World Trade Organization
John Hancock works at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he has served as senior policy advisor to the Director-General, representative to the IMF and World Bank, and head of investment issues. He also coordinated the WTO's Aid-for-Trade initiative, and was secretary of the 2006 Task Force on the subject. Prior to the WTO, Mr. Hancock was senior advisor to Canada's trade minister. He has also been a guest lecturer at Cambridge University, IMD, and the University of St Gallen. He holds a PhD in economic history from Cambridge, and has written and spoken frequently on international issues.

Most Recent Posts


1930s Redux?

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February 13, 2013
John Hancock on why the parallels between the economy of the 1930s and the economy today are becoming hard to ignore.

War or Peace

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November 23, 2011
China's economy will overtake that of the U.S. in 5 years. "Do dollars equal tanks?" Hancock wonders.

The Great Confusion

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September 23, 2011
John Hancock advises that the one certainty about today's economy is its subjection to technological change.