WCEF2022 Speaker - Aik Hoe LIM

Aik Hoe Lim

Director, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization

Aik Hoe Lim leads WTO’s work on environmental sustainability, climate change and trade, as well as on the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. In this role, he has strengthened WTO’s partnership with UNEP as well as other international environmental organisations. He led the establishment of WTO’s Trade and Environment Week, which is now an annual flagship event for the organisation.  

He joined the WTO in 1999 and served in the external eelations division, the Director-General’s cabinet and the trade in services division. He was previously counsellor to two WTO Director-Generals, advisor to the Director General’s consultative group, and secretary to WTO committees, working groups and negotiating bodies on services trade and domestic regulation.  

He represents the WTO in the UN Environmental Management Group and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook. Some of his publications include contributions to the Research Handbook on Climate Change and Trade Law (2017), Win-Win: How International Trade Can Help Meet the Sustainable Development Goals (2017) and an edited volume on WTO Domestic Regulation and Services Trade (2014).