Bios for Committee Members
Dr. Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah, is the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment for Nigeria, a position he has held since 2015. He oversees policy-making and implementation relating to industrialization of the economy, development of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), promotion of exports and foreign direct investment, and the expansion of trade. Prior to his Ministerial role, he was the Founder of African Capital Alliance, where he was CEO and Partner since 1997. He has over 27 years experience in the private having held roles at Arthur Andersen and Goldman Sachs. He was an investment professional of Zephyr Management, L.P. He serves on the Board of various companies including eTranzact, Technoserve, Inc., Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), and Business Day, and serves as the Director of African Venture Capital Association. He serves as a Member of the Board of Africa Venture Capital Association and the Emerging Markets Pri ate Equity Association. Okeyserves as a Director of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. Dr. Enelamah holds an M.B.A. degree with high distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Lord Jeremy Purvis
Lord Jeremy Purvis, appointed in 2013 to the House of Lords, is one of the youngest ever peers. His achievements during his peerage include, most notably, successfully championing legislation the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015 through the House of Lords. This law enshrined in UK law an annual commitment to reach the 0.7% of GNP for overseas development assistance. Jeremy is a member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee, Executive Committee member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK) and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Group of the Inter Parliamentary Union. He is co-chair and office holder of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups on constitutional reform, the Global Goals, human rights, democratic participation and supporting Scottish industries such as textiles and whisky. In 2016 Jeremy was appointed a member of the Independent Commission on Parliamentary Reform by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.
Ms Catherine Clark
Catherine is Head of International Relations at Prudential plc, her role since March 2013. Her responsibilities include managing Government Relations across Asia and Africa, working closely with teams in the business units across the 14 markets in Asia and two in Africa, plus the regional head offices for both. She develops business strategies across both existing and potential markets by building relationships across government, regulatory, think tank, membership and policy communities. Her expertise extend to UK and international government and policy, campaigning and thought leadership development, events planning and project management.
Prior to her role at Prudential, Catherine was Deputy Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a global civil society organisation running education programmes, advocacy campaigns, events and research on issues of importance across the 53 Commonwealth countries. Catherine studied Modern Languages and History at Magdalen College Oxford and is a trustee of the Access Project in London.
Dr Dirk Willem te Velde
Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the International Economic Development Group. He is the director of Supporting Economic Transformation and a Research Leader for the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme. His work has focused extensively on trade, investment and economic transformation. He has provide technical advice and expertise to developing country governments in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and donor agencies such as DFID, European Commission, UN and the World Bank. Previously he was the Team Leader for the European Report on Development (ERD) 2015 on Combining Finance and Policies to Implement a Transformative Post-2015 Agenda. He was also co-author on the joint APPG-TOP and ODI “10 Policy Priorities for the Commonwealth” and has contributed to the development the Commowealth G20 agenda, as well as conducted analysis with the Commonwealth on Aid for Trade and the role of services in small states.
Dr Harsha V. Singh
Dr. Harsha V. Singh is Executive Director at Brookings India and a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), where he previously held the position of Senior Associate for Strategic Research and Policy Analysis. Dr. Singh was Deputy Director-General at World Trade Organization (WTO) from October 2005 to September 2013 and has worked for over three decades on policies relating to international trade, development, infrastructure regulation and global governance. As Deputy Director General at WTO, his areas of responsibility included trade in agriculture, services, trade and environment, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and electronic commerce.
Earlier, he worked for twelve years in the GATT/WTO on economic research, trade policy reviews, rules, trade and environment and technical barriers to trade, and in the Director General’s Cabinet. In India, Dr. Singh has been economic advisor and then secretary of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and played a key role in the reform of the Indian telecom sector. He has been chair/member of high-level policy committees, chair of WTO dispute settlement panels, and a visiting faculty member at research institutes on international trade, sustainable development and regulation. For the 2013-14 academic year, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Dr Singh holds a Ph. D. in Economics from Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar from India.
Ms Lisa McAuley
Lisa McAuley is Executive Director of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA). She has worked in international trade for over eleven years, most recently for the last five years as the CEO of the Export Council of Australia which has seen the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that promote and enhance the global competitiveness of SMEs. Lisa lends her passion for international trade and her respected voice in the industry to various initiatives, from an advisory role on the AmCham Trade Advisory Group, to the board of CargoHound and now the Executive Director of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA). She has extensive experience across Asia, Europe, and North America, and in several multilateral forums. A champion of international trade, Lisa travels around the world to both promote and consult on issues affecting the international competitiveness of SMEs.
Mr Steven Pope
Steven currently works for DHL Express as Vice President Customs & Regulatory Affairs, Europe, based at their Headquarters in Bonn, Germany. He works closely with bodies such as the European Commission, the WTO, WCO, ITC and the OECD on Customs, Trade and VAT policy. He is a member of a number of think-tanks and committees including the B20, the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, and the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, two public private partnerships focusing on helping countries to implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Before joining DHL, Steven spent 26 years in the Public Sector both in the UK and overseas, working for HM Customs & Excise, HM Treasury and the IMF, where he focused on VAT Compliance Policy. Steven’s approach to public / private collaboration was shaped by a secondment to BMW in Munich to learn about the impact of Government Policy on business as part of a post graduate study programme.
Ms Trudi Hartzenberg
Trudi Hartzenberg is the Executive Director the Trade Law Centre (tralac). Tralac builds trade-related knowledge and capacity through training, and supporting policy dialogue. Prior to joining tralac Trudi taught economics; microeconomics, industrial organisation and game theory, international trade and econometrics. Her research interests include in international trade policy and governance, regional integration in Africa, investment, industrial and competition policy.
Ms Patricia Francis
Patricia R. Francis, CD, is the former Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (2006-2013). She is a global leader in trade and development having headed private sector, government and international trade and investment organizations. She has championed innovative approaches to successfully engage informal sectors, women and SME’s in international trade and been a member of the ACP Eminent Persons Group reviewing the future of the British Commonwealth and the African Caribbean and Pacific Groups future relationship with Europe.
Patricia currently sits on the boards of Jamaica Producers Group, Portland JSX, is a member of the Advisory Board of IESE Graduate Business School, several family owned companies, UN Women’s Audit Advisory Committee and is Chair of the Government of Jamaica’s Trade Faciitation Task Force. Patricia’s passion for development and wide experience in trade and investment make her a sort after speaker, advisor and leader. In 2006 she was conferred with the Commander of the Order of Civil Merit by the Government of Spain, and in 2015 was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Class of Commander by the Government of Jamaica.
Ms Angela Strachan
Angela Strachan is an international expert in Business Environment Reform, Trade Facilitation and Investment Climate.
She has advised on and implemented projects in more than 55 countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean over the last 19 years while working for the International Trade Centre, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the Commonwealth Secretariat. As an independent consultant, she has also over the last four years provided expert advice to international development partners including the World Bank, the Africa Union Commission, DFID the United Nations and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). More recently, since 2016, she has led the Evidence and Learning workstream of the DFID-funded Business Environment Reform Facility (BERF). Previously she was Chief, Business Environment Section and Lead on Trade Facilitation at the ITC.
Angela is an International Advisory Board Member of the Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network (GWIIN). She holds and Executive MBA from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.