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Dr Sutherland at TCD ©The Irish Times/Bryan O'Brien

Irishman Peter Sutherland has had quite a career in both international policy-making and business. From top jobs as European commissioner for competition policy and directorgeneral of the GATT, and founding chief of the WTO to chairmanships at Goldman Sachs International and BP, Dr Sutherland’s CV is indeed outstanding. So much so, in fact, that a new centre was named after him at Trinity College Dublin in December 2002.

Called the Sutherland Centre, it houses the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), specialising in trade and globalisation. Dr Sutherland, himself educated at University College Dublin, actively supported the foundation of the IIIS, including with a generous donation. Other funds came from the Coca-Cola Company, a German bank, DePfa, and a US philanthropist, Chuck Feeney, as well as Ireland’s Higher Education Authority.

By providing research space and conference facilities, the Sutherland Centre at Trinity will no doubt generate outstanding CVs for years to come. RJC

©OECD Observer No 242, March 2004

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