9th OECD Investment Treaty Conference


Rupert Schlegelmilch


Chair, OECD Investment Committee


Mr. Schlegelmilch studied law and political science in Freiburg, in Breisgau and Berlin. He joined the German Foreign Service in 1987 and the European Commission Directorate General for External Relations in 1993. From 1998 to 2003, he worked on WTO matters in the European Commission Delegation in Geneva. From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Schlegelmilch was responsible in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade (DG TRADE), for the EU’s bilateral trade relations first with China, and later for the trade relations with the Americas and South Asia, Korea and ASEAN. In 2011, he became the Director in DG TRADE, for Trade in Services, Investment, Government Procurement and the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). He has been the EU’s Chief negotiator for the EU-Singapore, the EU-Ukraine, and the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreements. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Schlegelmilch served as the European Union’s Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris. 2019 to 2023, he rejoined DG TRADE in Brussels as the Director for the United States, Canada, Latin America as well as Agriculture and food safety trade issues. In January 2024, he took over the Chair of the OECD’s Investment Committee.

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