Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre. The Asian Trade Centre works with governments and companies to design better trade policies for the region. Dr. Elms is also Vice Chair of the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) and sits on the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance and is Chair of the Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Previously, Dr Elms 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 projects include the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and global value chains. 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. Dr Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog.
Raymon Krishnan, Director of Corporate Advisory at the Asian Trade Centre. Dr. Raymon Krishnan works with clients on supply chain diagnosis, strategy and network design. Raymon has close to thirty years experience in logistics and supply chain management as an end user, educationist and service provider. He currently serves as President of The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society and is Editor-At-Large of LogiSYM, the collaborative platform of the Society - which runs symposiums in 5 capital cities globally and a magazine that goes out to more than 70,000 subscribers globally. Raymon’s experience covers the full Logistics spectrum, from raw material procurement to physical distribution and eventually customer service and care, with a strong grounding in Quality and Six Sigma. He was the Global Commercial Director for a billion dollar 3PL with operations worldwide and prior to that responsible for Asia Pacific Logistics & Trade Compliance for a leading US chemical company was he was responsible for logistics & trade compliance across 67 facilities in the Asia Pacific region. Raymon holds a degree in Logistics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Master of International Business from the University of Wollongong and a Doctorate in Business Administration. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Australian Logistics Academy and Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and was an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wollongong.
Dustin Watson, Director, Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA). The ABTA serves as the premier business association dedicated to the promotion of regional trade issues in cooperation with governments. Dustin designs programs and drives advocacy to improve cross-border trade and regulatory policy in Asia by building bridges between governments and companies. He has twenty-five years of experience in government relations, public affairs, and business management. While leading government and public affairs for the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Dustin managed advocacy initiatives directed at the Singapore, United States and Southeast Asia governments and worked closely with the TPP Task Force and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce to advance trade policy for business in the region. From 2000 to 2016, he directed government and public affairs for three professional and industry trade associations in the manufacturing, financial and broadcast sectors. He also built a successful government relations practice within an issues campaign management firm where he secured over $6 million in government grants for non-profit clients and consulted on the development of the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Dustin holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.
Annie Fong, Director of the Asia Pacific MSME Trade Coalition (AMTC), has a deep understanding on the challenges of MSMEs through her varied career ranging from import/distribution and retail, as an investor along with a leadership role in a mobile platform start-up, and through supporting MSMEs in a co-working community. Annie is passionate about shaping the future of the community. She is a volunteer and troop leader in the USA Girls Scouts Overseas (Singapore), a leadership program for young minds. Annie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from The University of Phoenix.
Minh Hue Nguyen is working as a Trade Policy Analyst at the Asian Trade Centre. Her areas of focus include ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Digital Trade and E-commerce. Minh Hue obtained her Bachelor Degree in Economics from Nanyang Technological University - Singapore and 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 is fluent in English and Vietnamese.
Liyana Othman, Trade Policy Analyst. Liyana's focus lies in international trade and development, economics and public policy analysis in the Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions. She has worked in the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Singapore, and consulted for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on projects relating to inclusive trade liberalisation and investment facilitation. She is a SOAS University of London MSc Finance (Economic Policy) candidate. She holds a BSc (Hons) Economics degree from the University of London, with academic direction from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received multiple international leadership sponsorship awards from the LSE and the National Youth Council amongst others in recognition of her efforts in youth development.
Alex Capri, Senior Fellow at the Asian Trade Centre. Alex is a Senior Fellow and full‐time lecturer in the Business School at the National University of Singapore. Alex also lectures in the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. From 2007‐2012, Alex was the Partner and Regional Leader of KPMG’s International Trade & Customs Practice in Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
Alex has over 20 years of experience in global value chains, logistics and international trade‐‐ both as an academic and a professional consultant He has advised clients on cross‐border projects in more than 40 countries and he has worked in some of the most challenging regulatory environments in the world. He has worked extensively in emerging economies on projects involving micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), particularly with the aim of developing and enabling entrepreneurs in local export markets (both products and services). Alex has assisted MSMEs with mobile financial services, peer‐to‐peer lending scenarios, AI and e‐commerce strategies.
Alex has been a panellist and workshop leader for the World Economic Forum, on the topic of inclusive capitalism and SMEs in emerging economies. He holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, in International Political Economy. He holds a B.Sc. in International Relations, from the University of Southern California.
Russell Scoular, Senior Fellow at the Asian Trade Centre. Russell is a highly-knowledgeable business executive with extensive experience in the global automotive industry, trade policy and industry engagement with governments. Prior to his founding of Chatto Creek Advisory, Russell spent 32 years in senior management positions with the Ford Motor Company in New Zealand, Australia and China. He used to serve as the regional director of government affairs for Asia Pacific at Ford. In a 32-year automotive industry career specializing in government, trade and public policy issues, Russell served as vice president of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries 2003-2006 and chaired the chamber's government policy advisory committee from 2006-2011. He has also served as chair of the City of Hume's Economic Development Committee. In his senior leadership positions, Russell has attended and presented papers at a number of parliamentary inquiries and in international forums including APEC Automotive Dialogues, Trans-Pacific Partnership Stakeholder Forums, Amcham Forums in China and CO2 Conferences in Thailand. Russell is a graduate of Monash University with a Master of Public Policy and Management degree.
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.