Regional Adviser at the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE
Mr. Mario Apostolov works as a Regional Adviser at the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), providing advisory support to the transition economies in trade facilitation and development, single window, digitalization of data sharing for international trade and the other topics covered by the Division. He supports the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA). In the past, he has been supporting regional cooperation networks in South-eastern and Eastern Europe. He has expertise on the subjects of national trade facilitation bodies, the Single Window for export, import, and transit clearance, regional trade integration, trade facilitation reforms, and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as UN standards for the digitalization of multimodal transport data and document exchange. Mr. Apostolov holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies at the University of Geneva. He teaches a course on the Dynamics of Regional Cooperation and Diplomacy at the International Institute in Geneva. He has previous degrees or has worked as visiting scholar at the UN University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges, Belgium, the Institute on Social Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen), in Vienna, Austria, Columbia University in New York, USA, and the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow, Russia. His publications cover such diverse areas as regional integration, trade facilitation, and the geopolitics of Christian-Muslim relations.