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  • Season 3 Episode 7 – My guest is Alan Yanovich. Alan is a Partner at Akin Gump in Geneva, Switzerland, where he represents foreign governments and multinational corporations on disputes before the WTO and other international dispute-resolution bodies.

    Alan was born and raised in Colombia and attended Georgetown for his bachelor's and JD degrees. In our conversation, he talks about his experience as an International student and attending some Hoyas games to see Mutombo and Mourning. After law school, Alan worked for the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington, and this eventually led to a stint at the General Secretariat of the Andean Community.

    This professional formative experience allowed him to get hands-on experience with different aspects of International Economic Law, which proved helpful when joining the WTO at the Appellate Body Secretariat. In our conversation, he talks about the selection process and some of his work for the WTO.

    After some years, he looked to more significant challenges and joined a law firm where he has been working for several years.

    Alan is a good friend, and we had a delightful and insightful conversation touching on many aspects of International Economic Law.

    I hope you enjoy our conversation.


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    Featuring:
    Alan Yanovich https://www.akingump.com/en/lawyers-advisors/alan-yanovich.html
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-yanovich-5485794/

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 3 Episode 6 – My guest is Kholofelo Kugler. Kholofelo is a Counsel at the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she advises developing country Members and least-developed countries (LDCs) on all issues relating to WTO law.

    Kholofelo is originally from South Africa, and in our conversation, she talks about how she ended up in law school and how at one point she thought of becoming a diplomat. Her career eventually led to her getting involved with international economic law and Trade.

    She eventually made her way to the World Trade Institute for the MILE program and has been at the ACWL for over five years.

    She also talks about writing and editing a book on Trade from the South African perspective and her role as co-founder of the Trade Policy Exchange.

    It is fascinating to hear how she balances her work and manages to be involved with all the other work she is doing, on top of her family life.

    Please listen in to hear our conversation. I hope you enjoy it.


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    Featuring:
    Kholofelo Kugler https://www.linkedin.com/in/kholofelo-kugler-95a2761a/
    https://tradepolicyexchange.org/about-us
    Twitter: @kholofelo_m


    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 3 Episode 5 - My guest is Ismael Ortiz, Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Mission of Mexico to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Ismael is a good friend and a colleague that has been working in International Trade and the WTO practically since its inception. He has been stationed in Geneva for over a decade, which is when I first met him.

    In our conversation, he talks about studying economics and his journey into the public sector, which was initially meant to be for a few years and has continued throughout his professional career, primarily because of his public service vocation. We then move on to a nitty-gritty discussion on the evolution of the WTO, balancing diplomacy and innovation, the constant negotiation with Capital-based colleagues, and he finally offers some potential avenues to progress in the ongoing WTO negotiations. Overall we had a brisk and insightful conversation on what it means to work as a Trade Diplomat. I hope you enjoy it.

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    Featuring:
    Ismael Ortiz https://www.linkedin.com/in/ismael-ortiz-1562401/

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 3 Episode 4 - My guest is Suja Rishikesh Mavroidis, Director of the Market Access Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Suja is a fascinating individual who has been working in international trade since the GATT Secretariat days. In our conversation, she talks about having a very International upbringing and how that shaped her into eventually getting a job at the GATT Secretariat.

    She tells us how she experienced the GATT transition to the WTO and how International Trade has evolved over the years. Our conversation may become a bit technical, but only because Market Access is a very technical subject. She concludes our conversation with how she views the WTO adapting to some of the changes the world has seen during the last year. It is a very insightful conversation. I hope you enjoy it.

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    Featuring:
    Suja Rishikesh Mavroidis https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/25y_e/25yportrait_e.htm

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 3 Episode 3 - My guest is Marco M. Aleman, Assistant Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In my conversation with Marco, we cover a lot of ground. He starts by talking about growing up in Colombia and how his interest in public service had its roots back then. He tells us how he got interested in the law and Intellectual Property, a new subject at the time.

    Marco describes his experience working for Colombia’s Industrial Property Office and how he eventually got to Geneva and WIPO via Munich and the Max Plank Institute.

    From there, we discuss his new role at WIPO, which focuses on innovation ecosystems and assisting SMEs in commercializing IP. It was a great conversation where we touched on many other topics as well. I hope you enjoy it!

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    Featuring:
    Marco Aleman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marco-m-alem%C3%A1n/
    WIPO Sector Leads: https://www.wipo.int/about-wipo/en/activities_by_unit/management.jsp


    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 3 Episode 2 - My guest is Angel Villalobos Rodríguez, Ambassador of Mexico to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and former Undersecretary of International Trade Negotiations and Director General of Foreign Investment at the Ministry of Economy in Mexico.

    In our conversation, Amb. Villalobos talks about growing up in Aguascalientes and moving to Nuevo Leon at an early age. He delves into what it is to have a large family and how he got into Economics and then teaching. Amb. Villalobos traces his journey through Northwestern University, into the private sector, and then jumping to the public sector, where he has found the calling of public service. Ángel tells us about what he views as his most significant accomplishment during his time as Undersecretary. From there, we pretty much go over his thoughts on some of the latest developments and challenges facing the WTO and the prospects of progress in the near future.

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    Featuring:
    Angel Villalobos Rodríguez (https://www.gob.mx/sre/prensa/angel-villalobos-rodriguez-named-as-mexico-s-representative-to-wto?idiom=en)
    (LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/angel-villalobos-rodr%C3%ADguez-89463029/ )

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:

    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 3 Episode 1 - My guest is Edward Kwakwa, Assistant Director General at WIPO. This is the first episode of our third season. The second season did not go as planned, and I ended up recording very few episodes. That is something that I really want to fix this season.

    To kickstart it, I am honored to host Edward Kwakwa. We have been meaning to have this conversation for some time now, and I am delighted we finally managed to sit down and talk. Edward has had a pretty International life, born in Ghana and then traveling to Canada and the US to study. He worked in a US law firm for some time and eventually made his way to Geneva. In Geneva, he was supposed to be here for one year but ended up staying for good. He has worked in many organizations in his professional experience, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Trade Organization.

    In our conversation, he explains the role of WIPO and delves a bit into his new portfolio, which includes many global challenges such as climate change and global health. All in all, it was a fascinating and informative conversation that flew by!

    Please stick around!

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    Featuring:
    Edward Kwakwa: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edward-kwakwa-5118a2159/
    WIPO Sector Leads: https://www.wipo.int/about-wipo/en/activities_by_unit/management.jsp


    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 2 Episode 4 - My guest is Manuel Sanchez, the CEO, and founder of Enloya, he is also a very good friend. Although we have known each other for many years, I tried to explore some new ground during our conversation. There are certainly many parallels between his professional life and mine, so hopefully, this turned out to be insightful and interesting.

    Manuel talks about how he got interested in International Public Law, and specifically Economic Law, pretty early on and how this brought him to Geneva. He also shares his experience working for the Mexican Government, mainly in Anti-Dumping proceedings. After his LL.M. at Georgetown, he made his way back to Geneva, where he worked at the WTO, and also happened to be the point in time where I met him. After this, if it wasn’t interesting yet, he got bit by the start-up bug and he is currently trying to balance it out with his Ph.D. studies.

    I hope you enjoy it.

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    Featuring:
    Manuel Sanchez: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawyermarketplace/
    Manuel Sanchez: @manuloya
    Enloya: https://www.linkedin.com/company/enloyalaw/
    Enloya: https://www.enloya.com/
    Enloya: https://www.facebook.com/Enloya


    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 2 Episode 3 - We are back! My guest is Dr. Jesus Seade (@JesusSeade), Under-Secretary for North-America and Chief Negotiator for the USMCA. He is one of the candidates to succeed Roberto Azevedo as Director General of the WTO.

    Dr. Seade has been involved in trade and multilateral affairs practically all of his professional life and he is truly a global citizen.

    In our conversation, I tried to learn a bit more about him as well as his vision on the Multilateral Trading System, the WTO, the ongoing COVID19 pandemic the WTO’s staff, and ultimately what is his motivation for becoming the WTO’s DG.

    If you enjoyed this conversation, please let us know by liking, subscribing, and/or review. The Rodolfo Rivas Project is available on all major platforms and you can also find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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    Featuring:
    Dr. Jesus Seade Kuri, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesusseade/
    @JesusSeade


    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 2 Episode 2 - My guest is Roy Santana, a Counsellor at the Market Access Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

    Our conversation delves into a variety of other topics, such as how Roy, after studying Economics and Law became interested in International Trade. He traces his path from Costa Rica, the Ministry of Foreign Trade, through NYU and eventually the WTO. Roy is a self-defined “trade nerd” and discusses how dabbling in the history of international trade and negotiations can inform our decisions today.

    The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed here belong to the individuals sharing them and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers.

    If you like the show, please let us know by liking, subscribing and/or reviewing.

    You are in for a treat, please listen in!

    Featuring:
    Roy Santana, https://ch.linkedin.com/in/roy-santana-9098075

    Couple of stories mentioned by Roy during the episode:
    - Quarantine origins: https://bit.ly/2UkpzQf
    - Trade nerd view on the HBO miniseries "Chernobyl": https://bit.ly/2v1734y



    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)


    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 2 Episode 1 - My guest in the first episode of the second season is Petros C. Mavroidis, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Foreign & Comparative Law Professor at Columbia Law School, leading International Trade academic and CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) Arbitrator.Our conversation delves into a variety of other topics, such as how Petros became a Professor, how the WTO has evolved, his views on the WTO as an institution and what are some of his thoughts on the future of the WTO. He also shares how he got into sports arbitration at CAS and how he really enjoys this part of his work, at one point he even gives a shout-out to Giannis Antetokounmpo, his co-national and reigning NBA MVP! Before concluding he tells us how he manages to fit all this work as well as continuing to research and write on a variety of topics.The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed here belong to the individuals sharing them and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers. If you like the show, please let us know by liking, subscribing and/or reviewing.You are in for a treat, please listen in!Featuring:Petros Mavoridis, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=202909, author, The Regulation of International Trade, Volume 1; The Regulation of International Trade, Volume 2 and The Regulation of International Trade, Volume 3 (forthcoming)Host:Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far. Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker). Available at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher etc.Follow Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/therodolforivasproject/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodolforivasprojectInstagram: @therodolforivasproject

  • Season 1 Episode 17 - In this, the last episode of the first season, I am hosting Elisa Pasquali. She was raised in Guadalajara and also attended the American School, then went on to MIT to become an engineer. She then worked in Silicon Valley for some years before moving to Europe. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Arcadia which aims to provide peer-to-peer cash transfer and other financial services to refugees. In our conversation we talk about growing up, sticking to your goals, raising children in Switzerland and some of the most important lessons learned at MIT, Silicon Valley and now running a company.

    Listen in!

    Featuring:
    Elisa Pasquali (Twitter: @ArcadiaBlkchn); CEO https://www.arcadiablockchain.com/

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 1 Episode 16 – David H. Bernstein, Chair of Debevoise’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. David is one of the leading voices in Intellectual Property law and he stopped by for a conversation during his trip to Geneva to celebrate the UDRP’s 20th anniversary at WIPO. He shares how he got interested in the law, his first brushes with Intellectual Property, his involvement with the UDRP, how to lead a successful law firm and the importance of having mentors and being a mentor. Listen in!

    Featuring:
    David Bernstein (Twitter: @dhbernst); https://www.debevoise.com/davidbernstein

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 1 Episode 14 - In this episode we talk to filmmaker Luke Lorentzen. He presented his new documentary “Midnight Family” at the Zurich Film Festival. The film chronicles the Ochoa family and how they run a private ambulance in Mexico City. It is a really interesting and powerful film. In this conversation we talk to Luke about how he got into filmmaking, his previous projects and we discuss his latest film. We do try to stay away from spoilers, but we did go into some details, so proceed at your own risk. Hope you enjoy the episode and the film as well. Listen in.

    Featuring:
    Luke Lorentzen (Twitter: @LorentzenLuke) at https://lukelorentzen.com/, latest film https://midnightfamilyfilm.com/

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (@rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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  • Season 1 Episode 13 - Victoria McEvedy. Victoria is a fellow UDRP panelist and a lawyer with a very rich experience across large international firms and most recently her boutique law firm McEvedys. In this episode, she talks to us about how she got into the law, the challenges of running a boutique practice and why she decided to focus on issues related to media, journalism and technology among others. Take a listen.

    Featuring:
    Victoria McEvedy (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/victoria-mcevedy-3b13738) at http://mcevedys.com/

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

    Available at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher etc.


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  • Season 1 Episode 15 - In this episode we talk to Mexican filmmaker David Zonana. He presented his new film “Mano de Obra” (Workforce) at the Zurich Film Festival. It is an accomplished film bursting with ideas from an exciting new filmmaker. In our brief conversation with David he tells us about his path to filmmaking, some of his influences and we discuss his film. We do try to stay away from spoilers, but we did go into some details, so proceed at your own risk. Hope you enjoy the episode and the film as well. Listen in.

    Featuring:
    David Zonana (Twitter: @DavidZonana)

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (@rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

    Available at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher etc.


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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/therodolforivasproject/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodolforivasproject
    Instagram: @therodolforivasproject

  • Season 1 Episode 12 – Dr. Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She stops by the podcast to talk about how she got involved with protecting nature, the environment, working at the local, regional and international levels, her continued interest in learning and studying and her efforts to ensure gender equity. Please listen in!

    Featuring:
    Dr. Grethel Aguilar, Acting DG IUCN (Twitter: @IUCN)

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

    Available at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher etc.


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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/therodolforivasproject/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodolforivasproject
    Instagram: @therodolforivasproject

  • Season 1 Episode 11 – Howard Stupp, an Olympian and two-time Pan American gold medalist who until recently served as Director of Legal Affairs at the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland stops by the podcast to tells us about growing up in Montreal, competing at the highest levels of wrestling and using his varied and rich experience in his life and professional career. He also tells us a bit about his views on a couple of topics such as doping, the evolution of sports and business and what his day-to-day work entailed. Listen in!

    Featuring:
    Howard Stupp (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Stupp)

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

    Available at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher etc.


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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodolforivasproject
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  • Season 1 Episode 10 - Enrique Javier Aguayo. Enrique Javier Aguayo, originally from Guadalajara Mexico, is an engineer and holds a Ph.D. In his career, he has worked in the private sector and then moved to a teaching position in one of Mexico's top schools where he became a successful manager. Since then he moved to Sweden and now is working on assignment for Volvo Group. In this episode he tells us about his experience living and working abroad, how education has shaped him and the influential role his wife has had in his career. Listen in!

    Featuring:
    Enrique Javier Aguayo (https://se.linkedin.com/in/enrique-aguayo-lara)

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

    Available at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher etc.


    Follow Us:
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodolforivasproject
    Instagram: @therodolforivasproject

  • Season 1 Episode 9 – Ambassador Juan Carlos Gonzalez. Permanent Representative at the Mission of Colombia at the WTO. The one where we learn about Ambassador Gonzalez’ passion for International Affairs and how this lead to a well-rounded career in diplomacy, trade promotion and international trade. Ambassador Gonzalez also tells us about using his studies in his professional life and gives us a brief overview of the current state of affairs at the WTO. Listen in!

    Featuring:
    Juan Carlos Gonzalez

    Host:
    Rodolfo Rivas (Twitter: @rivasrod)

    About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
    Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

    Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

    Available at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher etc.


    Follow Us:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/therodolforivasproject/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodolforivasproject
    Instagram: @therodolforivasproject