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ITS Global has an in-house core of expert consultants and a network of associates and specialists. It has close relations with public policy consultancies and research centres in Washington, London and APEC capitals.

Alan Oxley is Managing Consultant. He is one of Australia's most authoritative advisers on international trade. He has an enormous depth and spread of experience, drawing on more than 25 years of practice, first in government as a successful trade negotiator and then as an influential adviser to the private sector. Alan was recently the Director of AUSTA, the Australian business group for an FTA with the US. The group included major Australian businesses in agriculture, services, mining and manufacturing. It operated for three years, liaising with government and advising business. Alan is working with a business group - China Business Focus - that has been established to look at issues relevant to a proposed free trade agreement with China.

Before establishing the consultancy in 1989, Alan was a career diplomat. He represented Australia in Singapore, at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. He transferred to the Trade Department in 1985 and served as Ambassador to the GATT, the predecessor of the World Trade Organization, until 1989. He played a key role in creating the ground-breaking coalition of agricultural exporters, the Cairns Group. He was the first Australian to serve as GATT Chairman.

He is founder of an internet-based advocacy on globalization issues. He is host of the Asia Pacific page of the public policy website He is Chairman of the national Australian APEC Study Centre, one of Australia's leading Asia Pacific centres, based at Monash University, Melbourne. He is also Chairman of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, a board member of the Grand Prix Corporation and a member of the Australian Government's Foreign Affairs Council. Alan is a regular commentator in the press and current affairs television in Australia and in the media in Asia. He is also a keynote speaker at international conferences.

Bill Bowen joined ITS Global in 2005 as Principal Consultant. He is a former senior Australian diplomat with expertise in international environmental and economic issues.

In his most recent government position he was advisor on domestic and international environment policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2002 -2005). He was the Director of the Climate Change Section in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1999 - 2001. His most recent posting with DFAT was as Counsellor Economic in Australia's High Commission in New Zealand (1996 - 1999). In addition to his international trade and environment policy experience (including leading Australia’s delegation to a range of OECD trade and environment negotiations) he was the assistant to Australia's Executive Director at the World Bank from 1984 - 1987.

As well as postings in Africa and Central Europe with DFAT, he was seconded to AusAID, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (for the development and negotiation of a cofinancing agreement between the Berne Union of Export Credit Agencies and the World Bank and Inter American Development Bank) and to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations (where his report on the economics and financing of Commonwealth statutory authorities informed subsequent corporatisation and privatisaiton policies).

He has as a BComm (Hons)majoring in economics from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science (Economics)from the London School of Economics.

Sandra Oxley is a Director of International Trade Strategies Pty Ltd and Business Manager for ITS Global. Sandra has over 20 years of management experience, most recently at RMIT University where she was Director, RMIT Publishing for more than eight years. Under her leadership RMIT Publishing became Australia's leading electronic publishing enterprise using state-of-the-art technology working with government and private enterprises in partnership to make available innovative products and services to the knowledge-based industries. Previous to that, Sandra worked on integration of information systems at the United Nations in Geneva. She has a BA (Asian Studies) from ANU and an MS (Library Science) from Columbia University. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kristen Bondietti is a Senior Consultant. She is an expert in international trade law and trade policy, specialising in World Trade Organisation and Free Trade Agreements, focusing on subsidies, technical standards, services, quarantine measures and trade and environment issues. She has consulted to developing countries in the Asia Pacific region and Africa and trained officials on WTO and FTA issues and obligations. Kristen is also an experienced researcher and analyst on trade barriers and regulatory controls on trade. She has degrees in economics and in law and is currently undertaking a Master degree in international law at the University of Melbourne.

Steven Macmillan is a Senior Consultant. He is an expert in research and analysis of trade barriers, market access to agricultural markets, foreign investment and technology transfer. He has extensive experience analysing policy efforts designed to combat climate change and their impact on business. He has worked in China and with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok. He has an Honours degree in Arts (French and Chinese studies) from the University of Melbourne and a Masters Degree of Contemporary Asian Analysis, also from the University of Melbourne, focusing on Asian politics and business structures. He is currently completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment at the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Lisa Marty is a Consultant. She is an analyst in environment policy, specialising in natural resource management, forestry, water, ecolabels and trade and environment. She is a specialist in forest policy and forest certification schemes. Lisa has consulted on projects to evaluate forest certification schemes and to develop regional approaches to forest certification. She has also consulted on evaluations of delivery of natural resource management investment programs for the Australian government. She has a BA (Hons) and a BEc from Monash University, Melbourne and is currently studying for a Master of Environment degree at the University of Melbourne, focusing on water resources management.

Cassie Iverson is a Consultant. She is an expert in labour economics, with strong knowledge in issues such as income distribution, welfare systems and population projections. She is a contributor to Previously Cassie has provided advice and analysis as an economist in the Macroeconomic and Business Taxation Divisions at the Commonwealth Treasury. She has also undertaken microsimulation modeling for input into business change within the Strategic Services Division of Centrelink. She has an honours degree in economics from Monash University and has undertaken studies in International Development at the University of Melbourne.

Tim Wilson is a Consultant. He has worked for ITS Global since May 2006. He previously worked for the Australian APEC Study Centre as a Project Manager delivering projects on trade, aid, environment and development issues. He was responsible for delivering a project for the Australian Government to enhance the logistical and policy capacity of the Government of Vietnam to host APEC in 2006. He has previously acted as a private consultant and has been published on economics and trade issues, worked for and advised State and Federal Members of Parliament and has been a Director of a number of commercial and service enterprises in the education sector. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) from Monash University, a Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) and a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University

Nick Beresnev has joined ITS Global as a Consultant. He has recently graduated from Monash University with degrees in Arts and Commerce majoring in economics and politics. Nick has travelled extensively and has language skills in Russian and Ukrainian.

Renatta Sulestio is ITS Global Administrative Coordinator. She has a BA in Media Communications from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining ITS Global, she worked in publishing and advertising in Sydney and Jakarta respectively.

ITS Global Associates - Trade

Dr Selwyn Heilbron is an associate of ITS Global and a senior business economist and corporate consultant with special expertise in Australian and international agribusiness and the food and beverage industries. He has served as Research Consultant with the World Bank, Washington DC, Senior Economist with the Department of Trade, Canberra, and as Manager (Planning) and Chief Economist of Elders Agribusiness, Melbourne.

Dr Heilbron has worked with International Trade Strategies on several projects over the past 10 years and is currently working on three major ITS Global projects. Recent projects include a comprehensive review of international processed food markets, a strategic analysis on import opportunities in the US beef market, business develoment opportunities in Asian and global food markets and supply chains for commodity trade with India. He has completed major analyses of market access and food channel development in Asian economies, including Japan and Korea. Dr Heilbron works regularly in Asia and visits North America, Europe and Latin America to assess market conditions in agricultural industries.

Mr David Harris is an ITS Global associate consultant and a senior agricultural economic consultant, with expertise in economics and econometrics, and more than 25 years professional experience. He specializes in analysis of industry policy reform, cost-benefit project evaluations, the development of simulation models of agricultural commodity markets, analysis of industry structural adjustment and government assistance measures, policy advice on trade access issues, commodity market forecasts, regulatory reviews, training programs on policy development, project management and business strategy development.

Over the past 12 months consultancies have included work with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Dairy Australia, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), Australian Ingredients Centre, the Australian APEC Study Centre and others. Mr Harris is currently managing director of an economic consulting business, DN Harris and Associates. Previous senior positions have been with Bonlac Foods Ltd, the Centre for International Economics (CIE), the OECD Secretariat and the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE). During his time at ABARE, the OECD and the CIE he was responsible for numerous quantitative studies on the effects of trade and domestic support policies for agricultural commodity markets. As a senior economist for the OECD he worked on a global simulation model of agricultural commodity markets, the measurement of agricultural support policies, the effects of WTO trade reforms and advised on a range of agricultural trade policy issues.

Mr Harris has worked with ITS Global on several projects over the past couple of years including the capacity building project for assisting the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with international integration and accession to the WTO.

Professor Jeff Waincymer is an associate at ITS Global. He is Chair of International Trade Law at Monash University, Melbourne. He specializes in international trade law, tax law, customs valuation, subsidies and anti-dumping. He has trained government officials from APEC developing countries on WTO dispute settlement, rules and obligations. He is a member of the WTO Dispute Settlement Panel and Chair of the Trade Law Committee of the Law Institute of Australia.

Patrick Robertson is an associate of ITS Global and a trade policy consultant with wide expertise in WTO/trade policy issues and trade negotiations. He was a career officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, retiring as Australia's Ambassador to Hungary. He was also Consul General in Washington and served in Papua New Guinea. Between 1983 and 1986 he served at the Australian GATT delegation in Geneva where he played a key role in critical trade negotiations. He has extensive experience on GATT/WTO and trade policy issues and is a specialist in agriculture, subsidies, anti-dumping and tariff negotiations.

Mr Robertson has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program where he was contracted to advise the government of Laos on Lao PDR's accession to the WTO. He has served as a member of the WTO disputes panel. He has undertaken strategic assignments with ITS for the Japanese Ministry of Trade and Industry to improve the trade policy skills among APEC countries. He recently worked with ITS in South Africa, training African trade negotiators in WTO and specialist negotiating skills.

Dr Hassan Kartadjoemena has over 20 years experience with Indonesian economic trade policy issues, and negotiations and is an associate of ITS Global. He was Indonesia's Ambassador to the GATT (now WTO) and chief negotiator during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and served as Chairman of the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau, an association of developing textile exporting countries. He is currently Executive Director at the Centre for Economic and Business Negotiations and Dispute Settlement, Jakarta. In conjunction with ITS, Dr Kartadjoemena has developed training proposals for Indonesia to meet and manage its WTO obligations in trade in goods and services. He is one of four experts selected by the Indonesian President to advise on Indonesia's current services trade negotiations.

Digby Gascoine is an ITS Global associate consultant. Mr Gascoine is a consultant on government policy and international relations in the field of biosecurity and food safety. From 1988 to 2000 he was a senior manager in the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service and Biosecurity Australia, with responsibility for policy development, risk analysis and international issues. He led the Australian delegation in the negotiation of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and from 1995 he represented Australia in the SPS Committee. He also represented Australia in the Codex Alimentarius Commission, serving two terms as Vice-chairman of that body, and he chaired the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems from its inception in 1992.

As a consultant he has worked for a number of international organizations including the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, and the International Trade Centre, as well as for a number of national aid agencies. He has provided training in the field of sanitary and phytosanitary control in Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Kuwait, Malaysia, Vietnam and Zambia. He continues to advise Australian Government agencies.

John Landos is an ITS Global associate consultant. Mr Landos is a specialist in the institutional strengthening of developing countries relating to the WTO SPS Agreement including import quarantine, food regulation and export market access. Since 1996 he has undertaken a wide range of assignments within Australia as well as Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific regions.

From 1982 to 1996 John held a range of senior executive service positions with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service and its predecessor organisations. These positions involved executive responsibilities across export market access, food inspection, certification and regulation. From 1990-1994 John was head of Australia's Animal and Plant Quarantine Service and in that capacity was responsible for all policy, operational and management aspects of the Service.

John Dunkley is an ITS Global associate consultant. Mr Dunkley is a director and co-founder of Milne Dunkley Customs and Forwarding, Customs Brokers and Dunkley International Pty Ltd, Tariff and Trade Consultants. He has specialised in the customs field for more than 30 years. He spent 16 years with government holding senior customs positions in commercial investigations, anti-dumping, valuation and preference and by-laws.

During the past 30 years John has advised Australian and overseas companies and industry bodies on Australian industry assistance measures including sectoral arrangements for TCF and passenger motor vehicle manufacturing, anti-dumping, customs valuation and preference, the Australian tariff system including tariff concessions and policy by-laws. John has acted as principal adviser to companies involved in successfully appealing government decisions through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia on anti-dumping, valuation and tariff matters.

ITS Global Associates - Environment

Dr Robert (Bob) Smith is an ITS Global associate consultant. Dr Smith is a resource economist and one of Australia's most experienced forestry experts. He is currently a Director on the board of VicForests, the Victorian state forestry agency. He is also a former Director General of the New South Wales Department of Land and Water Conservation and Managing Director of State Forests New South Wales.

Dr Smith has over 30 years experience in the forestry sector in Australia. Dr Smith has extensive work experience and academic qualifications in public forest management, certification systems, management and organizational reviews, forestry, water and environmental service markets. He has overseen the development and implementation of legislation, policy and programs for forestry and natural resource management.

Dr Smith also has extensive experience in water resource management. As the Director General of the New South Wales Department of Land and Water Conservation, he oversaw the management of surface and ground water in that state. He managed the delivery of water for consumptive uses and for environmental flows, the introduction of new legislation for water management and instituted processes for wider community involvement in water resources management. Dr Smith also has expertise in effective integrated catchment management. He was a Commissioner on the Murray Darling Basin Commission from 1996 to 2003 and held the position of Deputy President from 2001 to 2003.

Graeme Gooding is an ITS Global associate consultant. He has over 20 years experience in the Victorian forestry sector. He is a former Executive Director of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) and the Timber Promotion Council of Victoria (TPC). Within these roles, he has worked in many facets of the forestry sector, including forest management, product development and market promotion.

Graeme Gooding has a detailed understanding of the forest products industry and a wide range of public policy issues, including forest certification. He has specific expertise in industry and market development, product certification, industrial relations, training and research and development. He was the Executive Director of Australian Timber Certification, an organisation set up to develop a national certification scheme for the hardwood sector.

Global Connections

ITS Global have close associations with international consultants and researchers around the world. They include in Washington the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation, in London the International Policy Network, in Beijing the APEC Environment Center, in Jakarta the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in Manila the University of Asia and Pacific and in Thailand the Thai APEC Study Center.