Dr. Mohammad Saeed Senior Adviser, Trade Facilitation
Dr. Saeed is a trade and development policy professional, with almost 30 years of experience in international trade, customs administration, and trade and tariff policy formulation and reform. Having worked with customs administration of a developing country, he negotiated the Trade Facilitation Agreement and has assisted more than 50 least developed and developing countries for their trade facilitation reforms. He also worked as Senior Technical Adviser on Trade and Transport Facilitation with the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Before joining the UN, he was a trade negotiator with the WTO Mission of Pakistan in Geneva and had worked at different policy planning and senior management positions in the Government of Pakistan.
Dr. Saeed has an in-depth understanding of the legal, economic, and political issues relating to the multilateral trading system, especially the challenges and opportunities for developing countries. He has wide experience in the areas of technical assistance and capacity building for the developing countries and fostering consensus on development issues. Dr. Saeed has extensive experience in serving on WTO dispute settlement panels for the issues on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, trade remedy measures, and various GATT issues. He chaired four WTO dispute settlement panels, and his leadership and consensus-building abilities have been acknowledged, as he was the elected chairman of the Committee on Customs Valuation of the WTO (2009) and as Vice Chair General Assembly of Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL), Geneva (2006-10). He also served as Chair of the WTO Committee on Market Access for three consecutive years (2006-2008). He is also member of UNNExT Advisory Group on Paperless Trade for SMEs and of the Board of Directors of International Network of Custom Universities (INCU).He is a faculty at various academic institutes of professional development.
Mr. Pierre Bonthonneau Adviser, Trade Facilitation
Pierre Bonthonneau is an adviser in the Trade Facilitation team. He assisted over twenty-five countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, ranging from needs assessment, prioritization and operationalization of reforms, to categorization process. He supported NTFC establishment, Single Window design, and TF schemes such as Internet publication and advance rulings.Pierre provides advisory services to policymakers and trainings and coaching for small-scale traders to enhance their compliance to cross-border trade requirements.Before joining ITC, Pierre has over eight years of experience in the private sector, including Africa Logistics Division of the Bolloré Group, where he optimized the clearing and forwarding activities, and at the Boston Consulting Group in Morocco, formulating of an export strategy for a mining firm, developing the offshoring sector, and forging partnerships between local SMEs and multinationals.Pierre holds a master’s degree in Finance from Dauphine University in Paris.
Ms. Victoria Tuomisto Adviser, Trade Facilitation
Victoria Tuomisto is a programme officer and adviser on trade facilitation and policy for business at ITC. In the Trade Facilitation team, she manages regional technical assistance programmes that help businesses and policymakers in developing and least developed countries to advocate for, design and implement trade facilitation and policy reforms, notably the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement. Victoria also manages the publications development in the TFPB section.Prior to joining ITC, Victoria worked as an editor for The Economist Group, where she managed research projects on issues ranging from outlooks for politics and economics and business and industry topics in emerging markets across Emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has previously worked in trade promotion in France. She holds an MSc in Political Economy and a BSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics.
Ms. Raghad Altalli Adviser, Trade Facilitation
Raghad Altalli is an adviser in the Trade Facilitation team. Since 2014, she has been managing technical assistance programmes in over fifteen countries. Her most recent works focus on the simplification of trade procedures, digitization of Certificate of Origin, NTFC strengthening, and implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement reforms such as Advance Rulings, Internet publication, Authorized Economic Operator and Acceptance of Copies. Besides spearheading the trade facilitation portal establishment, Raghad also provides advisory services and trainings to policymakers and businesses in Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries. Before joining ITC, Raghad worked in the financial department of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, where she was responsible for the financial reporting of UNDP-OCHA transactions. This experience followed a four-year work in the private sector.Raghad holds a master’s degree in Economics from University of Geneva. She is fluent in Arabic, French, English, and Spanish.
Ms. Alina Fetisova Associate Programme Officer, Trade Facilitation
Alina Fetisova is an Associate Programme Officer in the Trade Facilitation team. She has four years of experience in international trade and project management.At ITC, she specializes in providing technical assistance in the area of trade facilitation, trade policy, and regulatory cooperation in Central Asia, Africa and Southeast Asia. She is also working on gender-sensitive trade facilitation reforms, supporting the advocacy of women entrepreneurs and associations for their rights and assisting them to strengthen their technical knowledge on cross-border trade.Prior to joining the ITC, she worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), focusing on projects related to trade facilitation and regulatory standards.She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a bachelor’s in International Economic Affairs from Moscow State University of International Relations.A native Russian speaker, Alina is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.
Ms. Eleonora Salluzzi Associate Programme Officer, Trade Facilitation
Eleonora Salluzzi is an Associate Programme Officer in the Trade Facilitation team. Since 2017 she has specialized in trade policy and trade facilitation-related technical assistance in South Asia and East Africa, supporting WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation, NTFC strengthening, Trade Facilitation Portals and simplification of trade procedures, advocacy for the removal of trade barriers, and SMEs’ enhanced compliance with export requirements.Before joining ITC, Eleonora worked at the US Mission to Italy in Rome and at the Italian Federation of Chambers of Commerce in Brussels, where she provided support on EU trade policy advocacy and internationalization schemes for SMEs.Eleonora holds a BA in Political Science and a MSc in International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. Her Master dissertation on the EU economic diplomacy earned a public mention at the Italian Parliament in 2017.She speaks English, Italian, French, and Spanish.
Mr. Timothée Bruneteau Associate Programme Officer, Trade Facilitation
Timothée Bruneteau has four years of professional experience in public affairs. As an Associate Programme Officer at ITC, he specializes in trade-related technical assistance in least developed countries, with a focus on regional integration, trade facilitation, and regulatory affairs.Before joining ITC’s Trade Facilitation team, he practiced trade and investment law for firms in Brussels, Paris, and Milan, and worked on customs and internal markets issues at the Council of the European Union.He received his dual LL.M. in International and European Law at the Catholic University of Lille and the Widener University School of Law with Magna Cum Laude distinction.A native French speaker, Timothée is fluent in English and Italian, and intermediate in German, Spanish, Estonian, and Danish.
Mr. Najeeb Durrani International Consultant, Trade Facilitation
Najeeb has been working as an International Consultant for ITC’s Trade Facilitation team since February 2020.With over twenty years of international experience working with the private sector, Najeeb currently serves as Project Manager on a Trade Facilitation project for Pakistan.Prior to joining ITC, he was working on the areas of finance, program management, and strategic consulting.He received his Executive MBA degree from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, specializing in International Strategy.In his spare time, Najeeb enjoys playing golf, skiing, and particularly loves mountain hiking. He is an avid reader of current affairs and impact finance.
Mr. Edwin Gaarder International Consultant, Trade Facilitation
Edwin began his career as a shipping agent and manager of a stevedoring & logistics company in Brazil. He was responsible for clearance procedures and efficient load/discharge operations for all cargo vessels.As a consultant, Edwin has conducted projects in Cambodia, Myanmar, Palestine, Mozambique, and Brazil. In 2014, he did a research on facilitating trade for SPS-controlled products for WTO’s Standards and Trade Development Facility.At ITC, Edwin has delivered workshops on trade facilitation in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and has managed TF components of EU-funded projects Advancing Afghan Trade and COMESA Cross-Border Trade Initiative. Currently, he works on informal cross-border trade, exploring the relationship between procedural obstacles to trade and broader deficiencies in the trading environment (informality, corruption and harassment).Edwin holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford and a MA in International Development from Sciences-Po, Paris. He speaks fluent English, French, Portuguese and Norwegian.
Mr. Hans von Zinkernagel International Consultant, Trade Facilitation
Hans von Zinkernagel is a consultant for the Trade Facilitation Team. Under the Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP), he supports the establishment of a trade portal in Burundi and assists with private sector advocacy in select commodity sectors .Before joining ITC, he served as a Peace Corps Agroforestry Volunteer in Guinea for two years, working in a rural community on design and implementation of projects related to agricultural diversification, nutritional education, and income-generation.He holds a bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of Redlands and a master’s in International Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, with a specialty in sustainable development.He is fluent in English and French and proficient in German and Yalunka.
Ms. Emilia Borloz Team Assistant, Trade Facilitation
Emilia Borloz is a Trade Facilitation assistant, with pivotal role in administrative coordination and execution of ITC headquarters and field operations.Emilia has more than ten years of executive work experience in diplomacy, working as a liaison officer at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the World Trade Organization before joining the Trade Facilitation team.Emilia holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University - SAIS (Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies) and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Bucharest.She is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Ms. Adelina Harunjen Team Assistant, Trade Facilitation
Adelina Harunjen is an assistant to the Trade Facilitation team. She provides administrative support to the implementation of trade-related technical assistance projects in Central Asia.Prior to joining ITC, Adelina worked at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the WTO, UN and other international organizations in Geneva. She holds a master’s degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Free International University of Moldova.Adelina is fluent in English, Russian, and Romanian.
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