Academic Advisory Council

Prof. Samuel Laird

Samuel Laird is currently Consultant to the UNCTAD/WTO International Trade Centre and also Special Professor of Economics, University of Nottingham, UK. He has previously worked for the World Bank and has been a Visiting Professor in Universities in France, Switzerland and Japan. He has published extensively in the area of Applied International Economics. Professor Laird obtained his MA in Economics and Law from the University of Edinburgh.

Petina Gappah

Is a Counsel, Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL), an international organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a doctorate from the Karl-Franz University in Graz, Austria, a Master of Laws degree from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Laws Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Ms Gappah was a lawyer in the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organisation, which provides support to the Members of the Appellate Body.

She also worked with several individual Appellate Body Members appointed as arbitrators to determine the reasonable period of time for implementation and participated in technical assistance missions and trade policy courses.

Hans Falck P.h.D

Hans Falck holds a doctorate in economics from Lund University and works as Assistant Professor in economics at Lund University. He has published on development economics and Africa.

Designation: Academic Director and ex-officio member 

Peter Kiuluku

Peter Kiuluku has been an international business consultant with specialist skills in corporate strategy and marketing. He previously managed the Global Leadership and Management Sustainability Programme and was Manager, Marketing and Business Development at ESAMI. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management from ESAMI and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in business administration with Maastricht School of Management.

Designation: Executive Director and ex-officio member 

Christophe Bellmann, Ph.D

Is the Programmes Director at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). He joined ICTSD in 1998, first as Programme Officer for Outreach and Partnership, then as Director of Policy Dialogues and finally, since 2002, as Programmes Director. In his current position, he is responsible for fundraising, management and overall supervision of ICTSD’s research, dialogue and capacity building programmes in Geneva and in the regions.

Before joining ICTSD, he worked for the Swiss Coalition of Development Organisations (SCDO) where he was responsible for activities on multilateral trade and sustainable development issues. During that time he produced several papers and articles related among others to public participation in the WTO, possible multilateral disciplines on foreign direct investment (FDI), and trade preferences for developing countries, agriculture trade reform and trade-related technical assistance. He has also worked as a Research Associate at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, on the relationship between trade and the environment. He has edited and published a wide range of books, articles and opinion pieces in English, French and Spanish on trade and sustainable development. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva.

Prof. Chris Milner Ph.D

Professor Chris Milner is the head of the School of Economics, University of Nottingham. Chris Milner moved to the School in 1994 from Loughborough University where he also held a Chair in Economics. He was Head of the School from 1995 to 2002 and was reappointed as Head of School again in August 2004 to August 2008. He is a Research Fellow of both the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) and the Centre for Research on Economic Development and International Trade (CREDIT). His research interests lie in the area of applied trade and trade policy analysis in both a developed and developing country context.

He has published widely in academic journals and authored or edited a number of books in these areas. His research has been funded by inter alia the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation and DFID, and he has undertaken advisory work in a number of developing countries for agencies such as the World Bank, UNCTAD, UNIDO, Commonwealth Secretariat and EU. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Development Studies, for which he was a managing editor from 1999-2005. He is also a member of the Technical Committee of the Africa Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

James Mwansa Musonda

James Mwansa Musonda is a Senior Trade Advisor at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). He is an Economist by profession. Prior to joining COMESA, Mr Musonda previously worked for the Zambia State Insurance Corporation and the Export Board of Zambia at the where he worked in various capacities rising to become its Chief Executive. Mr Musonda has also done several consultancy assignments for a number of organisations in trade promotion strategies, export marketing, country economic analysis and research reports, and training strategies for trade promotion officials.

He has done numerous research assignments and served as a resource person to various meetings and workshops of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Trade Organisation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and several research institutions in eastern and southern Africa. Mr Musonda has also served as a Director on the Boards of several companies. At COMESA, he deals with the liberalisation and integration of the regional trade regime (the Free Trade Area and preparations for the Customs Union), trade disputes, the formulation and implementation of the regional competition law and policy, and multilateral trade issues including food aid. He has been among COMESA’s delegates, in an observer capacity, to the WTO Ministerial Conferences of 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005.

Njinkeu Dominique, Ph.D

Dominique Njinkeu is the Lead Trade Facilitation Specialist at the Trade Facilitation Facility of the World Bank. He has had an extensive career in the field of development and has expertise in trade, regional integration, poverty reduction and international negotiations. Prior to joining ILEAP, He was Deputy Director of Research at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a PhD in economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dominique Njinkeu is the Deputy Director of Research of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) where he manages, among others, the trade policy research program. He has worked as Research Coordinator of the Reseau Politiques Industrielles in Dakar (Senegal), a trade research capacity building program for Francophone Africa.

Prior to that he taught at the University of Yaounde (Cameroon), at the Universite Laval in Quebec (Canada) and at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (USA). He holds a PhD in Economics, a Masters degree in Economics and Statistics and a Masters degree in Agribusiness Economics. . His research interests and publications are in trade and industrial policy and African Development. Current activities include, among others, networking African and international researchers, institutions, and policymakers in the areas of international trade negotiations and poverty reduction strategies. Dominique Njinkeu is a Cameroonian citizen.