With 20 years of experience in international trade and development, Dariusz Kurek is an expert in multi-sector and multi-dimensional export competitiveness strategy, with professional background in trade facilitation, trade policy and diplomacy, as well as development assistance.
Dariusz KUREK joined the International Trade Centre (ITC) as Senior Officer in Trade Strategy and Competitiveness in 2011. Prior to ITC, Dariusz held positions with the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) as Programme manager in charge the World Bank desk managing Swiss-funded projects, Board relations and development policy formulation; Counsellor with the Swiss Mission to WTO handling trade, development and technical assistance projects, and as Senior Adviser both on trade facilitation and free trade agreements.
Dariusz led national and sector strategy and trade development projects in Algeria, Benin, Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, India, Jordan, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Tanzania, Ukraine and Vietnam. He was lead negotiator of the Trade Facilitation agreement of the WTO, coordinated, and participated in free-trade negotiations with China, Vietnam, Jordan, Panama and Central American countries. Dariusz was also instrumental in the establishment and operationalisation of the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the WTO and subsequently member of the EIF Board. Back in a private sector role, Dariusz also advised global technology firms on public-private partnerships and business development opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Polish and Swiss national, Dariusz Kurek holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from HEC Graduate Business School of the University of Lausanne, a Master’s degree (LLM) in European and international trade law from the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne and a Master of Arts in humanities and political science from the University of Vienna. He is fluent in French, English, German and Polish and firmly believes in the practical philosophy of work well done.