Hubert Escaith

Visiting scholar, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE); Associate researcher at Aix-Marseille University (Aix-Marseille School of Economics), CNRS & EHESS

Before retiring from international civil service and returning to research and teaching, Hubert Escaith was the World Trade Organization Chief Statistician from October 2006 to December 2016. He started his career in the academia, as a Researcher for the "Centre de Recherche Economique et Statistique" at France's Toulouse University (now 'Groupe de Recherche en Economie Mathématique et Quantitative' GREMAQ). He joined the United Nations in 1982 as an Economist; his first international posting was in Baghdad (Iraq) where he dealt with agricultural development and food security in the Middle East region. He moved to Latin America and the Caribbean in 1988, first in Mexico, then in Chile, where he held various positions related to macroeconomics, trade, economic development, and statistical analysis. His last post with the UN was of Director of the Division of Statistics and Economic Modelling at ECLAC (Santiago, Chile). Hubert holds a Master in Economics and Econometrics from Aix-Marseille University (F), a Doctorate in Mathematics Applied to Economics from the University of Toulouse (F) and a Master Degree from ESSEC Business School (Paris-Cergy, F) with a specialization on information and decision support systems. Most personal publications are available at

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