The Institute for International Trade (IIT) is a leading institution with a global focus and a reputation for providing academically rigorous and practical trade training, policy advice and technical assistance relating to international trade policy and practice.
We bring together leading academics, experienced trade practitioners and negotiators to address key challenges faced by businesses and governments seeking to expand trade and investment opportunities globally.
IIT has a unique staffing profile and a vast network of associate experts with backgrounds in the fields of international trade, services trade, trade law, trade and economic analysis, trade negotiations, policy research and implementation, and the delivery of technical assistance, development and capacity building programs.
The integration of IIT into the University of Adelaide allows it to engage with trade issues in a multidisciplinary setting, and to draw on a large body of economic, legal, business, innovation and trade-related expertise, by bringing together academics, trade practitioners and negotiators from national governments and international organisations.
We have significant expertise in the development and delivery of customised research and training programs in the area of international trade. In addition, the team has internationally and regionally recognised expertise specifically with respect to measurement of trade policy restrictiveness, services trade and investment policy reform, global and regional value chain mapping and structural reform impact analysis, as well as many aspects of regional economic partnerships and RTAs (rules of origin, non-tariff barriers, trade facilitation, standards, dispute settlement etc.).
Learn about our capabilities
Our multidisciplinary team has the requisite skills and cumulative experience to successfully support the delivery of an ambitious range of projects. Our team has demonstrated experience in:
- capacity building through human capital development, development of robust trade architecture and regulatory institutions;
- analysis of services trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI);
- development of strategic trade policy;
- evaluation of the effectiveness of global and preferential trade agreements with a view of global supply and value chains;
- impact analyses of WTO accession, services trade and FDI policy, domestic industry capacity, and regional integration through multilateral trade agreements;
- trade and development issues, including identification of binding constraints;
- comparative regional trade policy;
- analysis of Services Trade Restrictiveness Indicators (OECD STRI) and trade statistics, including Trade in Value Added Data;
- simulation and modelling of open economies (GTAP, Gravity Modeling, input/output analysis);
- survey methodologies and conduct of surveys in developing economies;
- facilitation of a wide variety of high-level conferences, workshops and seminars for the purpose of disseminating research outcomes and advocating for trade.
- Executive Director - Professor Peter Draper
- Industry Professor - Jane Drake-Brockman
- Associate Professor - Shandre Thangavelu
- Senior International Trade Law Counsellor - Keith Wilson
- Senior Trade Advisor - Mike Humphrey
- Senior Lecturer - Simon Lacey
- Lecturer - Dr Naoise McDonagh
- Post Doctoral Researcher - Dessie Ambaw
- Business Manager - Lisa Hunt
- Senior Administrative Officer - Mei Yong
- Senior Events and Administration Officer - Lydia Jaloshin
- Project Coordinator Jean Monnet Projects - Sarah Warner
Advisory Board members
The Hon Amanda Vanstone AO
Born in Adelaide, Amanda Vanstone studied arts and law at the University of Adelaide and before entering politics worked in the legal area, retailing and small business.
Amanda entered the Australian Parliament in 1984 and was a Liberal senator for South Australia from 1984 to 2007. She was the only female member of the Howard cabinet following the 1996 election that brought the Coalition to power.
She held several ministerial portfolios in the Howard government including minister for employment, education, training and youth affairs, minister for justice and customs, minister for family and community services, minister assisting the prime minister for the status of women, minister for immigration and multicultural and Indigenous affairs, and minister assisting the prime minister for reconciliation.
After her resignation from the Senate in 2007, Amanda served as the Australian ambassador to Italy until July 2010. Amanda was a commissioner on the Federal Commission of Audit in 2013-March 2014. She also serves on the boards, councils and committees for various organisations, including Drinkwise Australia, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Woomera Protected Area Advisory Committee, Lockheed Martin Australia, the University of Adelaide and Vision 2020.
Professor Kym Anderson AC
Kym Anderson is George Gollin Professor Emeritus in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide (where he has been affiliated since 1984) and an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy (where he was a Research Fellow 1977-83 and a part-time Professor of Economics 2012-18). In two periods of extended leave he served as deputy head of economic research at the GATT (now World Trade Organization) Secretariat in Geneva (1990-92) and as Lead Economist (Trade Policy) at the World Bank in Washington DC (2004-07).
He became the first economist to serve on a series of dispute settlement panels at the World Trade Organization (1996-2008). During 2000-05 he was a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Australia’s Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, and during 2010-17 he served on the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC), chairing it from 2015. He has also served the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research on its Commission for International Agricultural Research, 2011-14 and as President of its international Policy Advisory Council since 2014 currently serves on the Governing Council of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology based in Nairobi and, since 2018, on the Advisory Board of Peking University’s Institute of New Rural Development. Since doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford University, he has published more than 400 articles and 40 books.
He is a Research Fellow at Europe’s London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research, an Honorary Life Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, a Fellow of the (American) Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, a Fellow of the American Association of Wine Economists, a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Economics degree from the University of Adelaide, and is a Distinuished Alumnus of the University of New England. In 2015 he became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).
Professor John Williams
Professor John Williams commenced as Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions in November 2018. In addition to John’s role of Executive Dean, Professor Williams is currently the Acting Provost. He is the chair of Academic Board and a member of the University of Adelaide Council.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Dean, Professor John Williams was the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operation) and Dean of Graduate Studies.
In 2001 Professor John Williams was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal.
Mr Maurice Aldo Crotti
Maurice was Managing Director then Chief Executive Officer of the San Remo Group of Companies from 1985 to 2015 and is now the Joint, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, of this still family owned company.
- Inaugural Board Member, South Australian Economic Development Board, 2002-2006
- Member, South Australian Export Council, 2003-2005
- Member, Premier’s Food Council, 1998-2010
- Member, Premier’s South Australian Development Council, 1994-1995
- Founding Chairman, South Australian Food and Beverage Exporters Association Inc (now Food South Australia), 1999-2005
- Director Prime Minister’s Agri(culture) Chain Solutions, 1999-2003
- (Part of the Prime Minister’s Supermarket to Asia Initiative)
- Member, Australian Wheat Board (now Cargill Australia), 1992-1995
- Member, Board of Governors, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide, since 2006
- Board Member, State Opera of South Australia, 1992-2001
- Board Member, State Opera Ring Corporation, 1995-1999
- Board Member, State Theatre Company of South Australia, 1982-1989Graduate of Melbourne University – Master of Business Administration, 1974
- Graduate of Flinders University – Bachelor of Arts,1971
Awards and recognition include:
- Awarded the Honour of the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), January 2018
- Knighted by the Italian Government with the Honour of Cavaliere, December 2017
- Recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne 2015
Ms Megan Antcliff
Ms Megan Antcliff is the Deputy Chief Executive for the Department for Trade and Investment (DTI). Megan is a business professional with a high level of experience in major projects, investment facilitation, and corporate leadership.
Prior to her appointment within the South Australian Government, Megan worked as a consultant in the architecture industry holding senior roles at Woods Bagot Architects across multiple markets, and as Design Review Coordinator for Integrated Design Commission South Australia.
During her time practising architecture Megan was instrumental in securing major commercial projects, structuring teams to deliver complex and transformational projects, and managing high level client and stakeholder groups throughout.
Megan moved to South Australian Government to direct the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, taking the project from the high-level economic development and spatial masterplan she was responsible for delivering when working in the private sector, to the Innovation District one can visit today. Since joining the investment and trade team in Government Megan has led a number of industry sector teams in developing significant new, productive, foreign direct investment to the state.
Concurrent to her role at DTI, Megan sits on the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) National Investment Advisory Board, is a member of the South Australian Space Industry Centre, the University of Adelaide’s Creativity and Cultural Advisory Board, and Institute for International Trade Advisory Board.
Megan holds a Bachelors Degree of Applied Science from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is a registered architect in France, with Diplomas from l’Ecole d’Architecture de Paris, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen and l’Ecole d’Architecture de Versailles.
Ms Nola Watson
Nola Watson is the Deputy President of ACCI, CEO of Business NSW and Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce, Australia
Previously, Nola was Executive General Manager of Insurance Australia Group with group wide, global responsibility for risk and governance.
From 2002–2011 she had various executive roles in IAG leading portfolios of Operational Risk, Strategic Partnerships, Government & International Relations, Corporate Affairs, Legal and Customer & Community. Prior to IAG, Nola spent many years in senior executive positions within New South Wales and Commonwealth governments. Amongst other roles, she was part of the executive leadership team for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and also served in a diplomatic position in Washington DC.
Nola has a broad range of Board and Committee experience, including as Chairman of the NSW Business Chamber, Director of the IAG and NRMA Superannuation Board and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. She was also a Director of Australian Services Roundtable, Business for Millennium Development and the State Records Authority of NSW. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nola holds degrees from Sydney University and Australian National University and has business qualifications from INSEAD France and Wharton Business School, USA. She was an Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was awarded the Commonwealth Government Centenary Medal for services to business.
Mr Christopher Langman
Mr Langman was appointed Deputy Secretary in March 2018. Prior to that, he was Australia's Ambassador to Iraq. Mr Langman earlier served as Ambassador to the OECD in Paris, as Deputy Head of Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, and in Washington and Buenos Aires.
In Canberra, Mr Langman has held a number of senior positions, including as First Assistant Secretary, G20 Policy in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in the lead-up to and during Australia's host year in 2014. He has also led DFAT's Trade and Economic Division, and the Office of Trade Negotiations, and was Special Negotiator for Agriculture and Australian Ambassador for the Environment.
The Institute works with a variety of specialists in the trade arena. Titleholders form a crucial part of the network, bringing a unique blend of practice, experience, and academic excellence to our work.
Visiting Fellow Andrew Stoler
Andrew Stoler was Deputy Director-General of the Geneva-based World Trade Organization (1999-2002). Earlier, he had a long career (1979-1999) as a negotiator with the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, in Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining USTR, he worked on international trade negotiations with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
From January 2003 until the end of 2011, Mr. Stoler was the foundation Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide.
He currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the European Centre for International Political Economy and is a member of the International Academic Advisory Board of the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney.
Visiting Fellow Christophe Bellman
Christophe has been working for the last 25 years on trade policy and sustainable development in the context of international negotiations. Since 2014, he serves as adviser to the group of least developed countries (LDCs) and that of the ACP countries (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) in WTO negotiations. He has also worked in different capacities for various international organizations including the WTO, UNCTAD, ECLAC or the OECD.
He is currently an Associate with IISD’s Energy program, and an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy and serves as a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA), Arusha, Tanzania.
Prior to that he worked for the ICTSD, an independent think tank, based in Geneva, Switzerland as head of programmes and as Senior Resident Research
Visiting Fellow Jim Redden
Jim Redden has served on the Australian Trade Minister’s WTO Advisory Committee and has been part of the Australian Government’s official delegation to a number of WTO Ministerial meetings and Global Aid for Trade reviews. He continues to advise the Australian Government on international trade and inclusive economic issues of concern to developing countries, in particular on Aid for Trade. In addition to jointly running a small consulting company and lecturing into Master Degree courses at the University of Adelaide in trade policy, global business and international aid and development, Jim Redden is the Executive Officer of the Australian Trade and Development Business Network, a private sector organisation which facilitates private-public partnerships for development and advocates for a stronger role for a responsible private sector in global poverty reduction activities.
Visiting Fellow Ken Ash
Ken was Director of Trade and Agriculture at the OECD between 2008 and September 2020, having served as Deputy Director since 1999. Ken lead OECD efforts to develop and communicate evidence-based advice to governments with the aim of improving the domestic and international performance of trade, food, agriculture and fisheries policies.
Prior to joining the OECD Ken had extensive experience in the Government of Canada. As Director General, Economic and Policy Analysis (1995-99) he provided strategic policy advice on agriculture and trade policy issues and on government-wide policy and institutional reforms.
Ken is currently establishing a consultancy service, offering global insights on international trade and agriculture policies - with a particular emphasis on subsidy reform, value chains, and food systems.
Visiting Fellow Michael Mugliston PSM
After a 40-year career as an Australian government official working on trade and economic issues, Michael Mugliston left the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in July 2018.
He led Australia's FTA negotiations with South East Asia from 2005 to 2017 and was Australia’s Senior Economic Official for ASEAN-related trade matters during this period. In 2010 Michael was awarded a Public Service Medal for his work leading Australia’s negotiation of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA.
Visiting Fellow Milton Churche
Milton Churche left the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2018 after working on trade policy since 1987. From 1987 to 1994 Milton worked on the Uruguay Round agriculture negotiations and Australia’s chairing of the Cairns Group. He then worked on a range of World Trade Organization (WTO) issues until 2001, including on several WTO disputes.
From 2002 he was involved in the negotiation of free trade agreements (FTAs): Milton led the negotiations on services and investment in Australia’s bilateral FTAs with Singapore and the United States; and he led the negotiations on all goods-related issues in the bilateral FTA with Malaysia and the regional ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA).
From 2012 Milton was Australia’s Deputy Lead Negotiator for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations initiated by ASEAN with its FTA partners.
Visiting Fellow Tim Yeend
Tim has extensive experience working at senior levels of Government and in the international system on global trade and development. This has included his most recent work as Principal Adviser and Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a position he has held since 2013. He has also served as the WTO's Sherpa to the G20 during this period. Prior to this, Mr Yeend worked with the Australian Government in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) including, most recently, as Ambassador to the WTO and a number of other international organizations in Geneva, from 2010-2013.
He has also served in senior positions in DFAT including as Head of the Office of Trade Negotiations, as lead negotiator in some of Australia's bilateral and regional free trade agreement negotiations, and as Special Negotiator for Agriculture. He has also served at the Australian Embassies in Indonesia and South Africa and worked as an adviser for former Deputy Prime Ministers Tim Fischer and Mark Vaile.
Mr Yeend holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the Australian National University and an Advanced Professional Diploma (Masters) on Board Governance from the UK.
Visiting Professor Andreas Freytag
Dr. Andreas Freytag is Professor of Economics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, where he chairs the Schumpeter-Centre, Director of Tutwa Europe, Visiting Professor in the Institute of International Trade at the University of Adelaide and Honorary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch.
He is also member of the CESifo Research Network, a STIAS Fellow, a Senior Fellow at Kings College’s DAFM, Senior Research Fellow at ECIPE, Brussels, and a Senior Research Associate at SAIIA, Johannesburg; he is associated to the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto.
Freytag is on the Academic Board of the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft). Freytag has published a number of books and articles in first-class peer-reviewed journals on economic policy, international trade policy, development economics and international policy coordination. He contributes to blogs and has a weekly column on wiwo-online, a German magazine.
Professor Emeritus Christopher Findlay AM
Professor Christopher Findlay was until October 2018 the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide. Earlier positions include Professor of Economics in the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University (ANU) (1999 - 2005) and Head of the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide (2005 – 2011).
He has a PhD in Economics from the ANU and is also a graduate of the University of Adelaide. He is a Member of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM).
Findlay’s research interests include Australia’s economic relationships with Asia, especially in the services sector. He is currently vice Chair of the Australian Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee
Professor Emeritus Richard Promfret
Dr. Richard Pomfret has been Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide since 1992. Before coming to Adelaide, he was Professor of Economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, Bologna (Italy) and Nanjing (China). He previously worked at Concordia University in Montréal and the Institut für Weltwirtschaft at the University of Kiel in Germany. He has also held visiting positions at universities in Australia, Canada, China, France, Italy and the USA, and is an honorary Fellow of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading, UK, of Monash University European Centre, of the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Warsaw, and of the research centre ROSES-CNRS at Université-Paris I.
Richard Pomfret has acted as adviser to the Australian government and to international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and United Nations Development Programme. In 1993 he was seconded to the United Nations for a year, acting as adviser on macroeconomic policy to the Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. He has also worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris on several occasions while on leave from Adelaide.
Richard Pomfret was Jean Monnet Chair on Economics of European Intergration from 2017 - 2020
Visiting Senior Lecturer Dr. Lauren Johnston
Dr. Lauren Johnston is Visiting Senior Lecturer, Institute of International Trade at the University of Adelaide; Research Fellow, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Mohammed V University, Rabat, and Research Associate, China Institute, SOAS, University of London.
Johnston’s research and publishing focus on China’s trade and investment ties, with Africa in particular, and on the domestic and international impacts of population ageing in China. Through New South Economics, a consultancy she founded, she is currently lead consultant for a World Bank research project on impacts for China and the world economy of population ageing in China.
Lauren is a member of the African Economics and Finance Association Research Committee, and a member of the Chinese Economist Society of the USA and Australia. She has previously worked for the University of Melbourne, the World Economic Forum, World Bank and Overseas Development Institute. She holds a PhD in Economics from Peking University, a MSc Development Economics from SOAS, and a B.A/B.Com from the University of Melbourne.
Visiting Senior Lecturer Catherine Makokera
Catherine is an experienced trade negotiator and trade policy expert having worked in the public, private and academic sectors at multilateral and regional levels. She was a diplomat for New Zealand for 10 years. Since relocating to South Africa in 2000 she has been involved in trade policy development and trade negotiations on behalf of the private sector and as a recognised expert.
Catherine is an experienced researcher and commentator on economic diplomacy issues with a range of published papers, opinion pieces and blogs. She currently co-teaches an MBA elective on Emerging Economies and Globalisation at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg and is a Tutor for the London School of Economics online course on Business, International Relations and Political Economy.