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 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 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 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 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.