Gary Sampson currently holds the John Gough Chair in the Practice of International Trade at Melbourne Business School (MBS).
In 1996, he was appointed Director at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in Geneva, and then in 1995, Director at the World Trade Organisation where he has directed a number of divisions. In 2001 he was appointed Senior Counsellor in the Office of the Director General at the WTO.
He is the most highly placed Australian to have worked at both GATT and the WTO.
During his time at the WTO he taught in the Advanced Management Program of INSEAD as well as Executive Development Programs and the MBA. He teaches on a regular basis in TRIUM, the combined Executive MBA of Stern School of Business in New York City, London School of Economics, and HEC School of Management in Paris. He has taught in the MBA and EMBA programs at MBS since 1999.
He is trained as an economist and after completing a Doctor of Philosophy at Monash University, he was awarded a post-doctoral research grant by Cambridge University in England. He was subsequently appointed Senior Lecturer in Economics at Monash University. In 1975 he moved to Geneva where he worked with various Divisions of the United Nations.
From 1984-86, he was Senior Fellow in Economic Policy with the Reserve Bank of Australia, and Professorial Fellow at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University. He also held various advisory positions with the Australian Industries Commission and the Economic Policy Advisory Committee in the Office of the Prime Minister.
He also currently holds the Chair in International Economic Governance at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the United Nations University in Tokyo.
He has written extensively on all areas of international economics and published widely in both academic and more popular press. His most recent books include "Trade, Environment and the Millennium", "The Role of the WTO in Global Governance", "Regional Integration and the Multilateral Trading System: Issues for the Future", and "The WTO and Sustainable Development". Trade the Environment and the Millennium with Bradnee Chambers and Developing Countries and the WTO: Policy Approaches with Bradnee Chambers