Professor Peter Draper
Peter is Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade in the Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide, Australia.
Peter is a member and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Global Trade and FDI system; member of the Board of Trustees of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Research Foundation; non-resident senior fellow of the Brussels-based European Centre for International Political Economy; and Associated Researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE). He is also a Director of Tutwa Consulting Group. He is a recipient of an honorary Doctorate degree from the Friederich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.
Previously, Peter worked in South Africa’s national Department of Trade and Industry in bilateral economic relations (East Asia and Mercosur), and as head of the economic analysis and research unit in the dti’s International Trade and Economic Development Division. Prior to that he was an academic teaching economic history and political economy, and headed the Department of Economics and Economic History at the then University of Durban-Westville (now University of KwaZulu-Natal).
Professor Richard Promfret
Jean Monnet Chair on Economics of European Integration
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.
His research interests centre on economic development and international economics, and he has published over a hundred papers in these fields. He has written seventeen books, includingInvesting in China 1979-1989; Ten Years of the Open Door Policy (1991), The Economics of Regional Trading Arrangements (1997; paperback edition 2001), Constructing a Market Economy: Diverse Paths from Central Planning in Asia and Europe (2002), The Central Asian Economies since Independence (2006) and Regionalism in East Asia (2011). He has also written textbooks on international trade and on development economics, and edited a textbook on Australian trade policies. His most recent books are The Age of Equality: The twentieth century in economic perspective, published by Harvard University Press (2011), and Trade Facilitation, co-authored with Patricia Sourdin and published by Edward Elgar (2012).
Senior International Trade Law Counsellor
Keith is a lawyer with over 20 years experience in international law and international relations in the fields of international trade law, transport, air and space law, security and disarmament, human rights and public accountability. He has held positions in the government and private sectors, in international organisations and as an international training and development consultant.
Keith has delivered training programs in over 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific and other regions, including on WTO law and negotiation, trade, environment and economic laws at Hanoi Law College in the process of Vietnam's preparations for accession to the WTO. He has also been a visiting lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate international law courses at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Pacific, and in law, diplomacy and fellowship programs for several UK- and European-based universities including London, Oxford and The Hague. Keith has a combined Law/Arts degree from the University of Adelaide and a Masters in Public International Law from the University of Leiden. He has worked previously in trade and commercial litigation in private practice, in international trade law and policy at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department in the Office of International Law, and in government relations and political affairs for the OPCW, an international chemical disarmament organisation based in the Netherlands. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1986. Keith has been engaged recently on business development planning and training delivery in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Pacific Island countries for Australian and offshore clients. He joined IIT in May, 2009.
Jane Drake-Brockman was most recently Head of the Services Programme at the International Trade Centre (ITC), a trade-related technical assistance agency under the joint auspices of the United Nations and the WTO. Previously Jane was based at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she taught Macroeconomics for Business Executives in the MBA programme while running a services trade and investment consultancy focussed on East Asia and the Middle East.
Jane was the founder and inaugural CEO of the Australian Services Roundtable (the peak industry body and coalition of services industries in Australia) and has also served as CEO of Professions Australia, Board member of the International Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Secretariat to the Australian APEC Business Advisory Council, Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Coalition of Services Industries and Convenor of the PECC Taskforce on Services.
She is a former senior Australian diplomat and has held a number of positions with the Australian government, including member of the Taskforce for APEC 1 in Canberra 1989, Chief Economist for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Chief of Staff to the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs & Development Cooperation, and Minister & Charge d'Affaires at the Australian Delegation to the European Union in Brussels.
She also spent 2 years with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and 8 years with the OECD Secretariat in Paris. She holds a B.Ec (Hons) from the Australian National University where she has held a variety of Visiting Fellowships, including the National Europe Centre, the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and the Crawford School of Public Policy. She has published extensively on trade policy issues and is a member of 3 of the ICTSD E15 Initiative Experts Groups, on Global Value Chains, on Services, and on Trade, Finance and Development. She was selected by the Australian Prime Minister to be among 100 participants in the economics stream at the Australia 2020 Summit.
Dr Uwe Kaufmann
Trade and Economic Analyst | Lecturer
Dr Uwe is the Institute's Trade and Economic Analyst. Dr Uwe has considerable experience in working with economic models. His research interests are international trade, the impact of free trade agreements and Pacific Island Economies.
Dr Uwe has co-authored and authored a number of publications including a book on "Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA) and Regional Integration" and several journal articles on trade liberalisation and FTAs. For more details, please visit Dr Uwe's staff webpage.
Dr Uwe holds PhD from the University of Adelaide and Masters of Commerce in Economics from the University of the South Pacific.
Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu is an active researcher on human capital development, technology transfer, foreign direct investment, trade, government infrastructure investment, productivity and economic growth. He has written extensively in technology transfer and economic growth and has published his research in major international journals. His recent publications are in Journal of Economic Development, Empirical Economics, Applied Economics, World Economy, and Journal of Economic Studies.
Recently, he was attached as the Head of the Economics Unit, Ministry of Manpower, under the Economist Service to Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Manpower. He has also worked on several international projects commissioned by Asian Productivity Organization (APO) on the measurement of aggregate productivity for the Singapore economy and the World Bank project on structural changes and skill-mismatch. He was engaged as a country expert on the Expert Group EFTA Study Phase II that comprises experts from ASEAN, China, Korea and Japan. He is also assisting as a Senior Consultant to the Ministry of Manpower.
Associate Professor Shandre M. Thangavelu is currently the Regional Director (Southeast Asia) at Centre for Economic Studies, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide, Australia. He was the Director of SCAPE (Singapore Centre for Applied and Policy Economics) at the Department of Economics, National University of Singapore. He was also the Assistant Dean at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from January 2004 to May 2006.
Recently, he was appointed as the Managing Editor for Asian Economic Journal (AEJ). He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP), University of Nottingham; and Faculty (Research) Associate at Institute of Policy Studies at LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Professor Thangavelu obtained his graduate degrees from Queen's University, Canada.
Dr Laura Marquez-Ramos
Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Laura Marquez-Ramos joined the Institute for International Trade in September 2016. Previously, she worked as an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics in the University Jaume I (Spain), where she taught Econometrics, Economics, Economic Integration, European Economy, Quantitative Methods and World Economy.
Her fields of research include international economics, regional science and transport economics. She has participated in a wide number of international projects with researchers from Argentina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Germany, Morocco, Poland, Spain and Tunisia. Her most recent publications are devoted to different aspects of world trade and foreign direct investment and the economic relations between regionally integrated areas. Her research appears in journals such as Applied Economics, Ecological Indicators, Economic Modelling, Journal of African Economies, Papers in Regional Science, Review of World Economics and Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.
Business Manager - Institute for International Trade
Lisa Hunt has considerable experience working within the corporate and higher education sectors. In recent years, Lisa has worked with South Australian universities on a range of strategic and innovative, educational initiatives and undertaken a diverse range of activities, from designing and delivering development programs and preparing tenders involving diverse stakeholders, to designing strategies for business units and managing business operations. Lisa works closely with academics and professional staff and is driven to make positive changes that can profoundly impact the success of the unit and the University.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Ancient History and Modern History) and earned a Master of Arts in Modern History from Macquarie University in 2014. She is currently undertaking a PhD focused on popular perceptions of science and scientists, and their impact on the political and social structure and function of Australian Science. Her highly developed research, analytical and writing skills are complemented by postgraduate studies in the area of education.
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