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James Bacchus

Chair, World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability; Chair of the Global Practice, Greenberg Traurig, Washington, DC; Former Chair, Appellate Body, WTO and former US Congressman

James Bacchus is the chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability. He is also shareholder of the Global Trade & Investment Practice Group at Greenberg Traurig, a Miami-based international law firm and co-chair of its Global Practice Group. In previous positions, Dr. Bacchus was elected as a member of the Democratic Party to represent Florida's 11th congressional district in the 102nd Congress and Florida's 15th congressional district in the 103rd Congress from January 3, 1991 to January 3, 1995, and was not a candidate for reelection to the 104th Congress in 1994. From 1995 to 2003 he served on the Appellate Body of the WTO, rising to the position of chairman in 2001. He was the first American to sit as part of the Appellate Body. Dr. Bacchus graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in history, earned an M.A. from Yale University and received a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law. He served on the faculty of Salzburg Global Session 491, The Future of the Multilateral Trading System and the World Trade Organization, in 2012, and chaired Session 515, A Climate for Change: New Thinking on Governance for Sustainability, in 2013.