Angela Paolini Ellard was appointed WTO Deputy Director-General, June 2021. Prior to this, Ms Ellard served at the US Congress as Majority and Minority Chief Trade Counsel for 26+ years. An internationally recognized expert on trade and international economic policy, resolving trade and investment barriers, negotiating trade agreements, and supporting multilateral solutions as part of an effective trade and development policy. She has negotiated significant bipartisan trade policy outcomes and legislation with Members of US Congress and senior Presidential Administration officials. Ms Ellard was a lawyer in the private sector, specializing in trade litigation and strategy, trade policy, and legislative issues. Ms Ellard obtained her Juris Doctor, cum laude, and her Master of Arts in Public Policy from Tulane University School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Newcomb College of Tulane University, summa cum laude. Ms Ellard is a frequent lecturer.