Sir Lockwood Smith
Sir Lockwood completed his M Agr Sc (Hons) at Massey University in New Zealand, lectured there in ruminant nutrition before winning a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his Ph.D. in animal science at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide.
In the early 1980s he managed part of the then NZ Dairy Board’s marketing activities around southern and eastern Asia. Elected to the New Zealand Parliament in 1984, during a 29 year Parliamentary career, Sir Lockwood held the ministerial portfolios of education, tourism, deputy finance, forestry, agriculture and international trade.
As Minister of Agriculture he initiated reform of the NZ Dairy Board that led to the formation of Fonterra. The highly successful “100% Pure” marketing campaign for Tourism NZ, he established while Minister of Tourism and was the first Trade Minister in the world to sign China up to the WTO. Sir Lockwood was involved in developing New Zealand’s global trade strategy, initiating the study that led to the ASEAN-Australia NZ FTA and the agreement with Singapore that ultimately led to the CP TPP.
He was elected Speaker of New Zealand Parliament in 2008 before taking up the role of High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Ireland in 2013, retiring in 2017.
Alan Oxley is Principal of ITS Global, consultants on global issues. It is based in Melbourne, Australia. He is Chairman of the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels (ECIPE).
Before establishing ITS in 1990, Alan was a career diplomat. He served in Singapore, at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. He transferred to the Trade Department in 1985 and served as Australian Ambassador to the GATT, the predecessor of the World Trade Organisation until 1989. He served as Chairman of the GATT Council and the GATT Contracting Parties.
ITS Global consults to the public and private sectors on international trade, economic development, natural resources, sustainability and investment. It has developed and delivered capacity enhancement programs for Asian Pacific economies on economic reform, participation in free trade agreements, trade reform and accession to the WTO.
The Australian APEC Study Centre promotes APEC goals and strategies through training and research projects. It is a development partner of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on aid programs.
ITS Global provides advice and research for commercial clients on trade issues including accession to Free Trade Agreements and compliance with WTO rules and obligations. It has advised APEC economies on benefits and impacts of participating in bilateral Free Trade Agreements and most recently the Trans Pacific Partnership FTA.
Alan is a regular commentator in Australian and global media on international trade. This includes international wire services, UK news services, Wall St Journal Europe and Asia, Forbes, The Washington Times, Jakarta Post, Bangkok Post, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Xinhua.
Razeen Sally is Visiting Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies, the main economic-policy think tank in his native Sri Lanka, and Senior Adviser to Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance.
Previously he taught at the London School of Economics, where he received his PhD. He has been Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy, a global-economy think tank in Brussels. He has held visiting research and teaching positions at Institut D’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, the Australian National University, the University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and Dartmouth College in the USA. He was also Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness.
He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and on the advisory boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK) and the Centre for Independent Studies (Australia). He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Dr. Sally’s research and teaching focuses on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy. He has written on the WTO, FTAs, and on different aspects of trade policy in Asia. He has also written on the history of economic ideas, especially the theory of commercial policy. His new book on Sri Lanka will be published in 2019.
Eduardo serves clients in a wide range of competition and regulatory matters. He has fluent relationships with a broad array of senior civil servants in government and regulatory agencies.
He is a member of the investment committee of a major Mexican fund focusing on infrastructure and energy. He is a member of the advisory boards of the American Antitrust Institute, the Fordham Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, Mitsui, as well as of the Board of Trustees of El Colegio de México. He is also a member of the board of directors of Grupo Paisano, a multidisciplinary group of investors and professionals dedicated to promoting socio-economic development of farming communities in Mexico.
Eduardo was President of the Federal Competition Commission from 2004 to 2013. In 2012, he was elected President of the International Competition Network, which groups over 130 competition agencies worldwide. Between 2001 and 2004, he was Mexico’s Ambassador to the WTO, and previously he was head of the negotiation of the free trade agreement between Mexico and the European Union in Brussels. He has also been chief of staff to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Director General of Industrial Policy, Director General of International Trade Policy and chief of staff to the Vice Minister for Revenue at the Finance Ministry. He chaired the TRIPS Council and the Negotiating Group on Rules in the WTO and has participated as a chairman in several WTO panels. He holds a BS in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and has undertaken doctoral studies at UCLA.
John Weekes joined Bennett Jones LLP as a senior business adviser in the Ottawa office in 2010.
He is an expert in international trade policy, trade agreements, and the settlement of trade disputes. He provides clients with an insider’s perspective on how governments approach such matters, including the negotiation, implementation and management of trade agreements and trade relations. With his extensive experience he assists businesses and governments to develop strategies to advance and protect their interests. He enjoys opportunities to think outside the box and elaborate innovative solutions to the challenges faced by clients.
Mr. Weekes participates regularly in conferences on the challenges facing the trading system and related political issues and contributes articles to newspapers and magazines.
Peter Allgeier is President of Nauset Global LLC, a consulting firm specializing in international trade and investment issues facing U.S. and foreign businesses. He served as President of the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) from September 2012 until March 2016. CSI is the association representing the international trade and investment interests of the American service economy. Its membership includes major international companies from the banking, insurance, telecommunications, information technology, express delivery, audiovisual, energy services, and other service industries.
From 2009 to 2012, Ambassador Allgeier was President of C&M International, a trade consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He previously served as Deputy US Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Before his appointment as Deputy USTR in 2001, Ambassador Allgeier served in a series of senior positions: Assistant USTR for Asia and the Pacific; Assistant USTR for Europe and the Mediterranean; and Associate U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere.
He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Woodrow Wilson Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has a Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. He also was a Rockefeller Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School.