Hugo Paemen served, from 1995 to 1999, as Head of the European Commission’s Washington Delegation. From 1987 until 1995 he occupied the function of Deputy Director-General for External Relations at the European Commission, and, in that capacity, that of its chief negotiator during the Uruguay Round, which resulted in a number of international trade agreements and eventually led to the creation of the World Trade Organisation. From 1985 to 1987 he was the official spokesman of the European Commission, headed by Jaques Delors, and, from 1978 to 1985, ‘chef de cabinet’ of Vice-president Viscount Davignon. He is currently co-Chairman of the TransAtlantic Business Council. Hugo Paemen has held a number of lecturing positions on European Policy and Integration Problems, including at Georgetown University, the College of Europe in Natolin and the Catholic University of Leuven . He authored “From the GATT to the WTO: the European Community in the Uruguay Round”, and has contributed to several publications writing articles relating to current diplomatic and trade issues, including the TTIP. He co-authored: “A New Era for Transatlantic Leadership, A Report from the Transatlantic Task Force on Trade and Investment” (2012).