Alumni Profile – José R. Sánchez-Fung

Jose Sanchez-Fung at WTO headquarters in Geneva

José R. Sánchez-Fung holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees in economics, with his MA (1997) and PhD (2002) awarded at Kent. He has more than 25 years of experience in academia and national public service. He is currently serving as the Dominican Republic’s ambassador and permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Preceding the appointment in Geneva, he was ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, and head of the diplomatic mission, of the Dominican Republic to Switzerland, based in Bern. He was also ambassador and permanent representative of the Dominican Republic to the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

Before joining his country’s foreign service, Dr Sánchez-Fung taught economics for over two decades at the University of Nottingham (Ningbo, China), Kingston University London (with tenure), and the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). While at Kingston, he taught in Istanbul as an ‘Erasmus Scholar’. His teaching career includes leading modules on monetary economics, international economics and policy, and applied econometrics; and for five years a course on China and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at Nottingham-Ningbo. Previously, he also taught at INTEC and PUCMM in the Dominican Republic. The teaching career merited fellowship of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

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