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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.