Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre. She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Previously, she was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests are negotiations and decision making, and her current research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) negotiations and global value chains. She has provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments including the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University.
Caroline Verley, Deputy Director at the Asian Trade Centre, specializes in International and European Law and in project management. Within ATC, Caroline is in charge of political and regulatory issues related to trade agreements in SEA, business development and to engage government officials, NGOs and private sector. Prior to that, Caroline was working in Brussels as Director of European Union Affairs of a Business Association representing the interests of the world producers of beryllium. Caroline served for five years as Managing Director of CEIS a French strategy company focusing on security and defense policy at European level and was a board member of the Eurosint Forum, an NGO dedicated to the use of Open Source intelligence (OSINT). Caroline holds master degrees in International and European law from Sorbonne University (Paris) and Louvain Catholic University (Belgium). She is fluent in French and English.
Margaret Liang joined ATC as a Senior Fellow in 2015. She is currently Consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for WTO/Trade Issues; Adjunct Professor of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty; Senior Adjunct Fellow of the Rajaratnam School of International Relations, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, and Senior Fellow of the MFA Diplomatic Academy. Previously, she served as Director (Trade Policy) of the Singapore Trade Development Board and subsequently as Director of the International Economics Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has served in Singapore Missions in Bonn and in Geneva, and was Singapore’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN/WTO in Geneva from 1999-2002. Ms Liang has considerable experience in international trade law cases before the GATT/WTO, both as advocate and panelist/Chairman. She was member of the Singapore team in the WTO dispute settlement case on Singapore/Malaysia-Import measures on certain petrochemical products. Her other key WTO appointments included being Chairman of the WTO Working Party on the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement (the Coutonou Agreement) in 2001 and Vice-Chairman of the WTO Committee on Regional Trade Agreements in 2002. She has contributed to major academic/WTO seminars and conducted WTO Trade Policy courses at the International Development Law Organisation, Sydney, the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade Negotiations, Singapore, and under Singapore’s Technical assistance programmes for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam and other Developing Countries. She was also the Academic Coordinator for the WTO Regional Trade Policy Course, for Asia- Pacific, a joint cooperation between the WTO and the National University of Singapore from 2008-2010.
Dr Patrick Low, Senior Fellow, directs, undertakes and leads research into global supply chains, international trade and global governance. He was the Chief Economist at the World Trade Organization since its creation in 1995, having previously worked at the GATT Secretariat, from 1980 to 1987. After joining the WTO, he worked on trade in services for two years before his appointment as Chief Economist in 1997. From 1999 to 2000 he served as WTO Director-General Mike Moore’s Chief of Staff, after which he returned to his previous post as Chief Economist. Between leaving the GATT and joining the WTO, Dr Low taught economics at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, from 1987 to 1990, and during this time worked as a consultant for a range of governments and inter-governmental institutions. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as a senior economist in the World Bank’s research complex (International Trade Division). His main areas of research at the Bank were trade policy, trade and the environment, fiscal policy and customs reform. Dr Low is also an Adjunct Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He teaches two courses there, one on trade theory and the theory of trade policy, and the other on the economics of the environment, trade and climate change. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Kent and a PhD in Economics from Sussex University, both in the UK, and has written widely on a range of trade policy issues.
Minh Hue Nguyen, Research Assistant, is currently working on research projects related to RCEP, TPP and digital trade at ATC. Minh Hue obtained her Bachelor Degree in Economics from Nanyang Technological University - Singapore. She was among 33 scholars from ASEAN countries under Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ scholarship in 2012. Prior to ATC, Minh Hue used to work at Taylor & Francis Academic Publishing as a Journal Editorial Intern. She also has experience in event organizing, entrepreneurship and leadership through various Extra-Curriculum Projects such as CrowdFunding Asia Summit and Festival 2015 (Team Lead – Program & Logistics Team), NTU Heritage Club (Division Vice-Chair), Vietnamese Community in NTU (Team Lead – Training & Development Team), Career Networking Day (Team Lead – Program Team) and Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum (Program Team). Minh Hue is fluent in English and Vietnamese.
Jack Coleman, Research Fellow, is a trade policy analyst. He studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and is a current Dean's list student. His focus is trade policy, international political economy and econometrics. Previously he worked for several years in industrial relations, negotiating a number of restructures in Australia's largest federal departments as well as negotiating and enforcing workplace agreements. Prior to that Jack was a political advisor working in state and federal government across a range of policy areas. As part of the housing policy committee he proposed changes to housing finance and tenancy rules, consulted on amendments to the Victorian Adoption Act, researched the impact of removing level crossings, and worked for Resources Minister Martin Ferguson during a defining time for Australia's mineral exports. Born in England, Jack read Music at Ustinov College, Durham with an Art and Humanities Research Council Scholarship.
Barath Harithas, Research Assistant, began his career in the Foreign Service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore) and has ploughed the fields of public policy and diplomacy. Parlaying his previous experience in the public sector, Barath advises companies on how they can best work with governments on trade matters, as well as on how they can best navigate and benefit from trade deals. Barath maintains a keen interest in the TPP and RCEP, contributing to our research output on the aforementioned trade deals, with a particular interest on communicating the benefits of increased trade facilitation to the public. Barath graduated from the National University of Singapore where he majored in Political Science.