Our People

ITS Global has strong in-house technical expertise in trade and investment policy, economic reform, environmental policy, corporate strategy and development assistance. This is supported by an extensive network of associate consultants throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Associate consultants have specialist sectoral expertise and experience in agribusiness, econometrics, regulation, climate change and forestry.

Senior staff and associates have extensive experience working at executive levels of government, in the private sector and collaborating with intergovernmental organisations.

Principal & Senior Consultants

Alan Oxley
Managing Director

Alan Oxley 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 in the core competences of ITS Global.

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.

Alan has extensive experience advising government and the private sector on strategy and corporate affairs, managing multidisciplinary projects on trade and economic policy and delivering capacity building programs for developing countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Alan is Chairman of the national Australian APEC Study Centre, one of Australia's leading Asia Pacific Research Centres, based at RMIT University, Melbourne and is the founder and Chairman of World Growth, a free market NGO based in the United States. He is also a Senior Fellow of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), Brussels.

Alan is a regular commentator in international print
and electronic media .

Khalil Hegarty
Associate Director

Khalil Hegarty is an expert project manager and adviser on corporate affairs/public policy, strategic communications and corporate social responsibility. Khalil has more than ten years’ professional experience in academia, media and communications. He specializes in consulting to the private sector, particularly resource extraction, agricultural and forestry industries. He has also consulted to Australian state governments, industry bodies in Australia and the ASEAN region, and provided strategic communications advice to quasi-governmental bodies in Australia and Indonesia.

Khalil is an experienced project manager on long-term and multi-faceted public policy and corporate social responsibility projects. He has managed projects for Australian state governments, peak bodies and private companies in Australia and the ASEAN region, including social and economic impact assessments, external communications projects and long-term corporate social responsibility strategies.

He has extensive experience advising on policy options for stakeholder management, corporate social responsibility and strategic communications for the private sector and providing media and strategic communications advice for land use and other extractive industries. Khalil’s clients include private companies in the agricultural and forestry sector in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, industry associations in the Australian agricultural sector and the non-profit sector in the United States.

Prior to joining ITS Global, Khalil was a media professional working with News Ltd, Fairfax and a number of small independent media outlets. Before that he was undertaking postgraduate research and teaching at Monash University.

Kristen Bondietti
Principal Consultant

Kristen Bondietti is an expert in international trade law, policy and development, specialising in World Trade Organisation Agreements and Free Trade Agreements. Areas of expertise include services, trade facilitation, technical and regulatory controls on trade, subsidies and trade and environment.

Kristen has over ten years’ experience consulting to government, major companies and industry groups in Australia and South East Asia on trade agreements and trade policy issues. She has undertaken research projects for government and international organisations including the OECD, the ASEAN Secretariat, the APEC Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade. She has conducted joint research with institutions in Australia, Korea, The Philippines, Thailand and China.

Kristen has designed, managed and participated in over thirty capacity building activities to assist developing countries in Asia Pacific and Africa to implement trade policy obligations and manage their impacts. She designed and led trade technical assistance programs for officials in ASEAN and APEC developing countries on projects funded by AusAID, UNDP, the Japanese Ministry of Trade and the British Development Agency. She has ground consulting experience in Australia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea.

Kristen has a Masters degree in international law from the University of Melbourne and undergraduate degrees in economics and in law from the Australian National University. She is a Trade Consultant to the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University.

Jeffrey Rae
Chief Economist

Jeffrey Rae is a qualified economist with more than three decades of experience in policy analysis and advice involving a wide range of domestic and international issues. This experience has been gained from working in both the public and the private sectors, and both in Australia and overseas.

Jeff’s experience has encompassed numerous cost-benefit and economic impact assessments of public infrastructure and private investment proposals, the taxation and regulation of a wide variety of economic activities, as well as the provision of border protection and budgetary assistance to domestic industry. In the process of doing so, he has worked on most sectors of the economy, including the transport, natural resources, energy, manufacturing, financial services, recreation and community services sectors. His expertise is such that he has been used on a number of occasions as an expert witness in litigation before the Australian Competition Tribunal, the Australian Federal Court, and State tribunals in Australia.

Prior to moving into private consultancy in 1998, Jeff was a senior executive with the Australian Government. As such he worked in the Department of Finance, the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and the Industry Commission. During this period he also spent extended periods on secondment to the New Zealand Treasury and the OECD in Paris. In the latter role he supervised the annual process for monitoring progress on agricultural trade liberalisation.

As one of the Commissioners on the (then) Industry Commission, Jeff presided over or participated in public inquiries into urban transport, the downstream petroleum industry, occupational health and safety, and environmentally sustainable land management.

Jon Berry
Senior Consultant

Jon is an expert in international aid and development, specialising in food security, capacity development, public-private partnerships and results-based management. He has worked for the UN World Food Programme, based in Rome and various locations in Africa, managing capacity development and food logistics programmes.

He has provided advice and technical briefings to senior UN management on food security and emergency response, as well as redesigning and delivering capacity development programmes in the field. He also has extensive experience in adult education and training in Australia, China, Japan and France.

Jon has an MBA specialising in the management of international organisations from the University of Geneva. He also holds BA (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, majoring in French Studies, including studies undertaken at La Sorbonne and Lyon III. Jon speaks fluent French, including familiarity with West African varieties, as well as basic Japanese and Italian.

Consultants

Jordan Shopov
Consultant

Jordan is a consultant and qualified lawyer, with expertise in trade, energy and resources policy. He has five years professional experience working across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Prior to joining ITS Global, Jordan worked as a policy officer in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, providing comprehensive advice and analysis of strategic policy matters. He also interned with the Institute of Public Affairs, undertaking research and analysis of trade agreements and international aspects of intellectual property law.

Jordan has a Master of Laws (International & Comparative Law) and a Bachelor of Laws; both from Monash University. He has also completed Graduate Diplomas in Legal Practice and Business, as well as Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.

Associates

John Landos

John 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

John 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, and 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.

Dr Robert (Bob) Smith

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.

Zena Helman

Zena Helman is an ITS Global associate consultant. Zena has more than 30 years’ experience in environmental management, policy development and planning. She has provided extensive environmental advice to both government and the private sector. She is a Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and a lead environmental auditor (RABQSA certified) of environmental management systems, financial liability, and compliance. She has undertaken environmental assessments and audits of sites and facilities in Australia and Asia. Ms Helman has also prepared environmental management plans for a range of industries, and developed cleaner production/eco-efficient programs for industry. Ms Helman holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Master of Environmental Science and Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Monash University.

Roy Nixon

Roy Nixon is an international investment consultant having spent nearly 30 years in the Australian Treasury. He has an extensive background on bilateral, regional and multilateral investment and trade issues including negotiating various types of investment agreements. He was the Chair of the APEC Investment Experts Group from 2005 to 2009 and was responsible for the successful negotiation and implementation of the APEC Investment Facilitation Action Plan.

Roy has consulted to the Australian APEC Study Centre, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and has been engaged to provide private consulting advice on major foreign investment cases. He has recently worked with ITS Global to assess for the ASEAN Secretariat, the implementation of ASEAN’s services and investment agreements.

Bill Bowen

Bill Bowen is a former ITS Global Principal Consultant (2005-2010). Prior to this he served as a senior Australian diplomat. Bill has expertise in international environmental and economic issues.

Before joining ITS 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 (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 (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 co-financing 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.

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

Dr Selwyn Heilbron

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 ITS Global on several projects over the past ten years. Recent projects include a comprehensive review of international processed food markets, a strategic analysis on import opportunities in the US beef market, business development 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 the ASEAN region and visits North America, Europe and Latin America to assess market conditions in agricultural industries.

David Harris

David Harris is an economist with a professional background built around a blend of commercial, international and government experience over 30 years. He has considerable expertise in economic advisory work and model based quantitative analyses for a variety of private and public sector clients. He has a Master of Economics and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degree.

David’s professional experience has come from positions with ABARE, the Centre for International Economics (CIE), the OECD ecretariat, Bonlac Foods Dairy Co-operative and his own independent consulting firm, D. N Harris & Associates. Areas of specialisation include program evaluations, policy analysis, R&D investment planning, trade policy assessment, structural adjustment, business evelopment strategies, regulatory reviews and analysing global commodity markets. His skill base includes benefit-cost analysis, the application of simulation models and capacity building in policy development.

David has undertaken projects for Australian based clients such as the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, epartment of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Dairy Australia, and the Victoria Department of Primary Industries. His international experience includes assignments with agencies such as AusAID, The OECD ecretariat, ACIAR, the APEC Secretariat and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Much of this work has focused on economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Hassan Kartadjoemena

Dr Hassan 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. He has served as Chairman of the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau, an association of developing textile exporting countries and 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

Digby is an expert 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 (SPS) 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 SPS control in Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Kuwait, Malaysia, Vietnam and Zambia. He continues to advise Australian Government agencies.