Head of Division
Hiddo Houben is currently a head of division at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and is the European Union’s chief negotiator for the ongoing EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP negotiations. Prior to this, he served in the private office of the UK’s EU Trade Commissioners, Peter Mandelson and Baroness Catherine Ashton in Brussels, working on trade, energy policy and financial markets. He got his start in trade policy in the Uruguay Round negotiations in the early 1990s. He was later deputy chief of the EU team negotiating China’s terms of accession to the WTO, a process that took over ten years and was concluded in 2001. Hiddo’s 25 years at the EU Commission have given him an insider view of the process of European integration, and of the way the process of globalization is redefining the EU and multilateral institutions.