Pietro Poretti is an independent consultant specializing in international trade and investment law and policy as well as natural resources law and management. Pietro served as senior legal officer of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), where he was involved with the negotiations of over a dozen free trade agreements and declarations on co-operation with non-EU countries worldwide. Before joining EFTA, he was active as counsel for a Geneva-based law firm, advising private and sovereign entities on international trade and investment issues, in particular in the areas of energy and logistic services. Pietro holds a PhD from the World Trade Institute (Bern), and a MAS in oil and gas from the Graduate Institute (Geneva) and the French Institute of Petroleum (Paris). He studied law at the University of Fribourg and at the Europa Institut (Saarbruecken, Germany), and was a fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.). Pietro regularly appears as speaker and lecturer on international economic law and natural resources law and management, good governance and transparency. He has published extensively on the same topics. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).