As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Ann-Kathrin ZOTZ was among the 20 women selected.
Ann-Kathrin is a German national working as an Associate Expert for the Trade and Environment Programme at the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Her work focuses on export promotion of biodiversity-based products from developing countries such as Peru and Madagascar. Via her projects, technical assistance is provided to SMEs to become export ready and access international markets. Before joining the ITC, Ann-Kathrin worked for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and for Inter-American Development Bank based in Santiago, Chile, conducting research on the interplay between international trade and transport and carbon emissions. She holds a Master’s degree in International Trade, Finance and Development from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Maastricht School of Business and Economics.