Mr Peter Gallagher
Peter Gallagher is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Inquit, where he provides analysis and advice on international trade, public policy and business communications. His clients include Australian food companies, industry organisations, government agencies and international institutions. After pursuing a diplomatic career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade over more than two decades Mr. Gallagher headed the Australian Dairy Industry Council and taught at the Business School of the University of Melbourne prior to establishing Inquit. Peter is the author of numerous publications on international trade issues and has participated in several trade capacity-building projects in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. He holds degrees in law and philosophy from the Australian National University and the University of Sydney.
Mr Simon Molloy
Simon Molloy is an economist with 20 years of experience consulting in media, telecommunications, information technology and creative industry economics. He is principal of Systems Knowledge Concepts Pty Ltd, an economic analysis consultancy with a focus on network and infrastructure industries – information technology, telecommunications, creative industries, network industries and infrastructure.
SKC specialises in applied microeconomics including qualitative modelling. Simon’s work emphasises exposition of underlying economic theory, analytical transparency and accessible arguments.
His consulting work includes research and training on international trade and poverty reduction with particular respect to the Asia Pacific region with a focus on the relationship between economic efficiency measures, trade measures and trade facilitation (includes research work on APEC, ASEAN and Pacific trade agreements).
Mrs Letizia Raschella-Sergi
Letizia worked in international services marketing for 15 years before becoming an international lawyer. After interning in the WTO Legal Affairs division, she returned to Australia to teach law, international relations and diplomacy. Her teaching area of expertise is World Trade Organization Law, International Trade & Business Law and Competition Law, Negotiations and Trade Policy. She has taught at several Australian universities, delivered a number of WTO law and policy courses to Chinese Government officials and consulted to the Queensland Government on WTO issues. In 2002, she was appointed Asia-Pacific Academic Supervisor of the WTO Law global mooting competition that seeks to develop the next generation of trade lawyers and negotiators. Letizia holds a Bachelor degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Law, a Masters degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently completing her doctoral studies in International Trade and Educational Services. She was admitted as Barrister-at-Law to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1997. Letizia was the Inaugural Senior International Trade Law Counsellor at the Institute for International Trade from April 2007-March 2009 where she worked on numerous trade policy and trade law issues as well as taught in the School of Law Masters Program on International Trade Law.
Mr Andrew L Stoler
International Trade Consultant
and Founding Executive Director (2003-2011)
Andrew Stoler was the founding Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade where he held the title of Professor of International Trade at the University of Adelaide.
Mr Stoler is a member of the Advisory Council of Sydney-based group “China Matters” and sits on the Advisory Board of the European Centre for International Political Economy, and the Advisory Board of Stanford University's GATT Digital Library. He is also a founding member of the International Academic Advisory Committee of the University of Sydney's United States Studies Centre and is the Trade and Investment Theme Leader for the Centre’s Alliance 21 program. In 2008, Mr Stoler was a member of the Australian Trade Minister's FTA Reference Group and over the period 2005 - 2007 he served for two years on the Australian Foreign Minister's Aid Advisory Council. In 2009-2010 Andrew Stoler was a part-time Associate Commissioner of the Australian Productivity Commission in connection with the Commission's review of bilateral and regional trade agreements.
Over the course of a long career in international trade, he has served as Deputy Director-General of the Geneva-based World Trade Organization (1999-2002) and as a senior official of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President (Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland). He holds an MBA in International Business from George Washington University and a BSFS in International Economic Affairs from Georgetown University.
Graeme A Thomson
Mr Graeme A Thomson
Graeme Thomson is Principal, Graeme Thomson and Associates, International Trade and Government Relations Consultants, Canberra. He is a former senior official of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with nearly four decades of experience as a negotiator for Australia in bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements. Mr. Thomson was Chief Negotiator for Australia on the accession of China and Chinese Taipei to the World Trade Organisation. He holds degrees in economics and politics from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University.
Mr Geoff Upton
Geoff Upton is a founding Director of Trade Focus International, a trade consultancy and a former State Manager for South Australia for the Australian Trade Commission, Austrade. Geoff has assisted Australian businesses in export markets over a long career including overseas postings with the private sector and with Austrade in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand. He has extensive operational, marketing and export training experience and has led many overseas trade missions. His expert knowledge of the technical requirements of exporting, his long years of real-life experience and his hundreds of personal contacts around the world make him uniquely qualified to offer practical assistance to exporters.
Geoff teaches in International Business topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Flinders Business School, Flinders University.
Peter van Diermen
Dr Peter van Diermen
Dr Peter van Diermen is a Development Economist with over 20 years international experience providing team leadership, technical assistance and policy advice for governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and national and regional chambers of commerce and non-government organizations. He has worked extensively with policy makers at Ministerial and heads of department level, as well as, with numerous businesses. He specializes in analysing and promoting an enabling environment for businesses, developing trade policies, advising on economic policy reform and developing appropriate national and regional strategies and policies.
Peter van Diermen has worked as an academic in the field of applied development economics in several leading Australian and New Zealand Universities. He has published extensively on a wide variety of economic topics and has frequently lectured and presented seminars on issues related to improving the business environment, including topics on SMEs, trade and regulatory reforms. He has published more than 50 pieces of writing, including a large number of refereed journal articles and several books.
Jim Redden, while originally from Adelaide, has worked in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Australia in both public and private sectors in the fields of development economics, international trade and foreign aid. During his time as a lobbyist in Canberra for international development organisations he served on the Australian Government's WTO Advisory Committee and has attended and closely monitored events at Doha, Cancun and Hong Kong WTO Ministerial meetings. He regularly ran trade training workshops for DFAT and AusAID officials and before leaving Canberra Jim worked as a trade and development consultant assisting industry associations and advocacy groups on policy development and the building of effective political relationships.
In 2004 Jim assisted the former Prime Minister, Hon Kevin Rudd MP, with policy and speeches on trade and development matters before returning to Adelaide where he has taken up the post of Senior Program Manager and Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide. He lectures in international trade, business and international development policy, coordinates tailored trade related training programs for developing country officials and has completed a diverse portfolio of research projects including work on ASEAN Business Services, Uneven Growth in APEC, Trade and Poverty Reduction in the Asia Pacific region and on the potential impact of Free Trade Agreements for the economy of South Australia.
Professor Frank Stähler
Frank Stähler is a Professor of Economics at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where he has been since 2011. He is also a professional research fellow and an adjunct professor at the University of Adelaide, and he has also held faculty positions at the Universities of Kiel and Würzburg in Germany and Otago in New Zealand.
While his research has focused primarily on international trade and foreign direct investment, he has also worked in public economics and industrial organization. He has published widely in journals such as the European Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the International Economic Review and many others.
Professor Stähler is a member of the CESifo research network and an external affiliated member of the Norwegian Centre for Taxation (NoCeT). He is also the co-organizer of the Australasian Trade Workshop (ATW) and the organizer of the Adelaide PhD Summer Institute.