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Omar Allam
Senior Vice President
Omar Allam is Senior Vice President & Partner, responsible for overseeing WTA’s business worldwide, corporate strategy, HR, marketing, communications and strategic partnerships. In this role he works closely with the company’s four advisory groups to ensure that World Trade Advisors is well positioned for continued growth worldwide. He advises clients on international business development, new-business start-up, export/import strategy & implementation, international market entry strategy/expansion, strategic planning, building strategic alliances/partnerships, brand development and marketing, strategic communications and public relations, and crisis/issues management.Omar also specializes in securing international project financing, export credit & venture capital; proposal writing and investor presentations; troubleshooting and high-level economic diplomacy; B2B matchmaking; organizing international trade missions and high-level visits (inbound/outbound).Omar is a successful entrepreneur, a former Canadian diplomat and Senior Trade Commissioner, a Board Director and a managing director of a not-for-profit social venture. He has 16 years of government, private sector and NGO experience. He has worked in diverse sectors in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.He spent 10+ years with the Government of Canada in a number of progressively senior roles, including two diplomatic assignments as Senior Trade Commissioner and Head of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service in Ghana and southern India. In Ottawa, he served as Deputy Director of Trade and Trade Commissioner responsible for managing Canada’s trade and investment program in Africa with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). He also held the post of Senior Advisor for China and Asia-Pacific, Liaison Officer to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and Manager of International Relations with Natural Resources Canada. Omar has also consulted on a number of international projects with the Canadian International Development Agency, UNDP, and the Canadian Bureau for International Education.Omar is fluent in English, French, and Arabic and has diverse Foreign Service training in trade, corporate social responsibility, investment, and diplomacy at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute. He has degrees in business, geography and environmental studies from Bishop’s University and an advanced executive certificate in international negotiations and mediation from Carleton University.

Omar’s passion for all things international is shared with his strong and active community focus. He is active with many different organizations and boards in the areas of international development, mental health, and local economic development. In June 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Canadian Crossroads International, an international NGO that works in Africa & Latin America. In May 2014, he was appointed as Ambassador of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as a Board of Director with the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association and the Egyptian-Canadian Cultural Association.

He is currently based in Ottawa, Canada and travels frequently to international client locations.
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Omar Anzur
Mr. Anzur brings 10+ years of experience advising major corporations and governmental organizations worldwide. During the Global Financial Crises in 2008, Omar was a key member for JPMorgan’s Financial Institutions & Governments practice in advising major US corporations. Upon moving to Australia to work for Deutsche Bank in 2010, he advised Australian and Asian financial institutions including Banks, Insurance, Asset Managers on M&A and capital markets financing. After 18 months in Sydney, Omar moved to Melbourne to advise Australian and African based metals and mining companies on project financings.

Early in his career, Mr. Anzur served as Assistant Vice President with Citigroup where he spearheaded the successful launch of a new dual collateral product that generated over $300 million in new High Net Worth client assets.

Omar pursued his MBA at Columbia Business School where he was elected as the President of Investment Banking, overseeing 300 students and 22 officers. He was accepted to Japan’s prestigious business school Keio University as an MBA exchange student where he studied Japanese and International Finance. Omar was awarded with a distinct “Launching Leaders” corporate fellowship from JPMorgan upon graduating from Columbia.

Omar has traveled to over 50 countries and has lived in 8 countries across 4 continents; offering him a rich global perspective in providing consulting services. He graduated with honours from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY; studied International Business at Sheffield Hallam University, UK and has volunteered in Beijing, China.

Omar is a published author and was an Executive Board Director of Developments in Literacy (Your DIL NY) and Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN NY).

Omar is based in Sydney, Australia and travels frequently to international client locations.


Dr. Julien Chaisse
Chief Legal Counsel
Dr. Julien Chaisse is Chief Counsel and Director of World Trade Advisors International Trade Law Group. Julien serves as WTA’s local liaison for clients and prospective clients in Hong Kong who are interested or engaged in cross-border trade, investment, and other international export and investment transactions worldwide.

He regularly serves as an adviser to major international corporations, including foreign governments, biotech companies, technology and manufacturing based companies, and natural resource companies.

Julien’s practice focuses on a broad range of arbitration, litigation, government, and multi-jurisdictional legal matters particularly in the areas of foreign investment, international trade, green technology, biotechnology, hotels, and public utilities. He advises local and international clients on a diverse range of matters including international economic law, including treaty negotiations, investment and trade litigation.

Julien teaches international law of foreign investment and transnational legal problems law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining academia, he served in New Delhi with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Chaisse is extremely active within the international trade law arena. He is a frequently invited to give legal training courses for leading law firms and high-level officers in a number of countries, such as the Malaysia Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), the International Trade Center (ITC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ASEAN Secretariat, the United Nations ESCAP, the European Commission, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Verwaltungsakademie des Bundes (Austria).

Julien’s most recent success includes the CUHK Research Excellence Award in 2012 in recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements in Hong Kong.

Dr. Chaisse is based in Hong Kong and travels frequently to client and partner locations.

Representative Publications:

  • Expansion of Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in Asia – Strategic and Policy Challenges.
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  • Competitiveness of ASEAN Economies – Corporate and Regulatory Drivers.
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  • Essays on the Future of the World Trade Organisation I – Policies and Legal Issues .
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  • Essays on the Future of the World Trade Organisation II – WTO Judicial System
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  • For a comprehensive overview of articles, papers, and presentations – Click Here


Dr. Clemens Boonekamp
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Boonekamp has thirty-five years of experience in international trade and economic policy. In his 35-year career, Dr. Boonekamp has held a wide variety of leadership positions across key parts of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

During his 20 year tenure with the WTO, Dr. Boonekamp served as Director of the WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division (2009-2012) and the Director of the WTO Trade Policies Review Division (1998-2009), where he handled trade matters, including negotiations, on a range of issues, including market access, for both goods and services, accessions, customs regulations, rules of origin, regional trade agreements, tariffs, trade facilitation, subsidies , sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade,intellectual property and dispute resolution.

Before joining the WTO, Dr. Boonekamp was a senior economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and he held an academic post at the University of British Colombia with the Economics Faculty.

Dr. Boonekamp earned a PhD in economics from Brown University, subsequent to Bachelor (Hons) and Master degrees from Rhodes and Simon Fraser Universities, respectively.
He has been published in economics journals in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He is fluent in English, Dutch and French.

Dr. Boonekamp is based in Geneva and travels frequently to client and partner locations.

WTA has offices and country-focused groups in the following jurisdictions:

-  Hong Kong
-  European Union
-  United Kingdom
-  France
-  United States
-  Switzerland, home to the World Trade Organization (WTO)

The International Trade Law Advisory Group is able to draw upon the particular strengths of each of its members in responding to the needs of our clients. The services provided by the group include:

-  Business advisory services
-  Technical assistance
-  International dispute settlement
-  Legal advocacy
In inter alia the following areas:
-  Trade remedies
-  Export and Import Controls
-  WTO Agreements
-  Trade facilitation
-  Investment law
-  EU Trade Law
-  EU policy and advocacy
-  Environmental Law
-  Chemical and other Regulatory Law
-  Customs Law and Commodity Tax
-  Intellectual Property/Information Technology and Trade
-  Competition and Trade
-  Regional integration and free trade agreements
-  Development

Stéphanie Noël
Senior Associate & Counsel
Stéphanie Noël is a senior associate & counsel with the International Trade Law Advisory Group.

Prior to joining WTA, she spent several years with leading law firms in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Canberra.

She brings several years of experience in the fields of WTO litigation, trade defense proceedings and regional integration. Ms. Noël has advised sovereign and private clients in the developed and the developing world on a wide range of trade issues.

She has acted for clients in multiple geographical areas (including the EU, Africa, China, and the Middle East) and has been involved in trade defense proceedings initiated in and outside Europe. She also has experience of WTO settlement at the Panel and Appellate Body stages.

Stephanie’s practice focuses on:
– WTO Agreements
– International dispute settlement
– Trade in services
– Trade in energy goods
– Trade defense proceedings
– Regional trade agreements
– Technical assistance and capacity building

Ms. Noël is a lawyer admitted to practice in France and the EU since 2007.

She is fluent in English and French.

Ms. Noël is based in Geneva and travels frequently to client and partner locations.


Giles Chappell
Senior Consultant
Giles Chappell is a Senior Consultant with WTA’s International Trade Law Advisory Group and is a member of the Firm’s International Trade & Economic Policy Group.Prior to joining WTA, Giles spent several years with leading law firms in Brussels, and has also worked at the European Commission (Brussels), the Court of International Trade (New York), and the United Nations Environment Programme (Geneva).

Giles is admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England & Wales. He brings over ten years of experience advising and litigating on a wide range of EU and international legal and policy related matters. He is specialized in environmental and regulatory compliance, and international trade law.

Giles’ practice focuses on:
– Environment and Energy (including the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, renewable energy, and tourism)
– International trade (WTO, anti-dumping, customs, export controls, market access for developing countries, trade facilitation, sustainable trade opportunities, environmental provisions of trade agreements)
– Product Regulation, focusing on consumer product safety standards, product liability, chemicals legislation (REACH, CLP, nanomaterials), labeling, food law
– Technical assistance and capacity building
– EU rules, procedures and policy-making process

Giles also serves as WTA’s local liaison for clients and prospective clients in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe who are interested or engaged in cross-border trade, investment, and other international export and investment transactions worldwide.

He is a regular speaker at conferences and author of several legal articles on his areas of

He is fluent in English and French.

Giles is based in Geneva and travels frequently to client and partner locations.


Sungjin Kang
Sungjin Kang is a consultant with WTA’s International Trade Law Advisory Group and is a member of the Firm’s International Trade & Economic Policy Group.Prior to joining the WTA, he worked as an in-house counsel for LG Display, Co., Ltd., and LG Electronics, Co. Ltd., in 2012 and 2013. He spent four years in Belgium, working for international law firms, practicing the European Union antitrust, European Union trade and World Trade Organization laws between 2008 and 2012.

Sungjin is admitted to practice in the State of New York, USA. He brings in about 7 years of experience advising and litigating on a wide range of EU and international legal and policy related matters. He is specialized in international trade law, antitrust law, international investment arbitration, international dispute resolution and other regulatory issues.

Sungjin’s practice focuses on:

  • International trade law (multilateral and regional trade agreements negotiation, trade remedies, trade in services, etc.)
  • Antitrust law (cartel, abuse of dominance, merger control, sector-specific regulations)
  • International arbitration (international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration)
  • Regulatory compliance (supply chain management, anti-corruption regulation, etc.)
  • Technical assistance and capacity building

As a local liaison in Seoul, Korea, he serves clients and prospective clients in South Korea and elsewhere in Asia and other parts of the world who are interested or engaged in cross-border trade, investment, and other international export and investment transactions worldwide.

He published several legal articles on his areas of expertise. He was also a speaker at several conferences on international trade issues.

Sungjin’s native language is Korean. He is fluent in English. He speaks conversational German and Japanese.

Sungjin is based in Seoul, and travels frequently to client and partner locations.


Alka Batra Barratt

Senior Business Development

 Alka is an International Business Development professional with over ten years of experience working with the export facilitation agencies of the Australian and Canadian Governments. Her experience mainly focusses on providing service related to international business development, developing new markets, market research, partner search, trade missions and immigration program of the Canadian Government.

Ravi K Tiwari

International Trade Specialist

Ravikant Tiwari is an International Trade Specialist having work experience of 5+ years in different organisations including the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India.

His educational background, namely bachelor’s degree in Foreign Trade (3 Years) as well as Master’s in International Business (2 Years) has provided him with ability to understand and resolve the international trade issues effectively.

Currently being a part of ProMexico, He really enjoys the opportunity to share what Mexico business offers to the world. He works with a wide variety of different businesses across multiple sectors, which provides plenty of opportunities to expand his industry and market knowledge.

He particularly enjoys the chance to provide a useful service which adds value to Mexican companies.

Specialties: Ex-im Management, Foreign Trade Policy, International Marketing, International Finance, Logistics management & Economics.

Kenneth T. Tanyi


With over 10 years of maturity in financial analysis, auditing, management control and trade policy advocacy, Mr Kenneth Tanyi has a distinguished competency in international trade policy and development. Having practiced with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the African Union Commission (AUC), he is very much abreast with Africa’s regional integration frameworks, boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT), fast-tracking the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the management of Africa’s financial, industrial and mining resources. Infused with a sound knowledge of African trade practices, marketing channels, regulations and policies, Mr Kenneth was recently appointed by the World Trade Advisors (WTA) and World Trade Academy as Senior Business Development Manager for Africa in September 2014 with a capability of developing and motivating collaborators towards meeting corporate targets both at unilateral and multilateral levels.

His contributions and advocacy in favour of several African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), NGOs, Private Sector Organizations have yielded several success stories in unilateral, bilateral and multilateral trade policy formulation, norm-setting, sequencing and effective regulation. He has contributed to the success of several AU Trade, Customs and Industry Senior Officials / Ministerial conferences; alongside numerous international conferences and workshops organized all over the world. Amongst them notably are the drafting the Addis Ababa Declaration on World Trade Organization (WTO) Issues, the AU declaration on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), the AU declaration on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Terms of Reference (ToR) and Rules of Procedures (RoP) for the Continental Task Force (CTF) towards sequencing the conduct of the CFTA negotiation forum, which were all formally adopted at the 8th Ordinary session of the Conference of AU Ministers of Trade from the 21st – 25th of October 2013. Mr Kenneth continues to dedicate his accomplishments and commitments in the light of Africa‟s on-going pursuit for regional and continental integration.

Mr. Kenneth Tanyi is a talented bilingual Cameroonian graduate from the Lund School of Economics and Management, Sweden with a distinguished competence in international trade policy & development from the Trade Policy Centre for Africa (TRAPCA) and Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) Arusha, Tanzania where he holds an Executive Masters Diploma in International Trade Policy & Trade Law, a Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Quantitative Trade Policy Analysis, a Post Graduate Certificate in International Trade Policy and Development (C.I.T.D) and a MSc. in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from the Lund University School of Economics. Mr Tanyi equally holds a MSc. in Accounting, Taxation and Finance from the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon; a Licence en Sciences Economiques et Gestion, a Post Graduate Professional Certificate in Intellectual Property Rights and Technological Transfer from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa amongst several other international certificates from noble academic and professional institutions such as the World Trade Organization (W.T.O), United Nations Institute for Training And Research (UNITAR), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (W.I.P.O) Academy, Geneva, Switzerland.

Galeeb Kachra

Independent Consultant

 Practical experience in the following sectors:
 Organizational Development, Organizational Change, Information Management, Information Technology
 Governance and Reform, Transportation Management, Airport Planning
 Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, Urban Planning, Environmental Impact, Wildlife Conservation, Counter Violent Extremism

Hands-on experience in the following elements of project management
• Tenders, Bid Analysis, Awards ($20m-$1.5b)
• Project Management, Project Design, Project Operations, Project Startup
• Winning Proposals (Massachusetts Port Authority, USAID, World Bank, Department of State)
• Bilateral Negotiations
• USAID Procedures

Worked long term in USA, Kenya and Pakistan and consulted in
 Pakistan, India, Syria
 Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe
 United States, Colombia

Ansar Ahmed Siddique

Regional Manager

 Experience in Intervention-specific Arena
Food Security and Poverty Alleviation
Capacity Strengthening of Local Government and SCO
Women Empowerment
SME (Income Generating Activity) / Private Sector Development
Corporate Social Responsibility
Private Public Partnership (PPP)
Livelihood Program
Char/Costal/Vulnerable area-specific programming
Rural Development

Experience with Donors/Development Agencies
Government of Netherlands
World Bank
MEASURE Evaluation
Christian Children Fund of Canada

List of Completed Assignment
End-line Evaluation of Bangladesh Smiling Sun Franchise Program (BSSFP)
Work as an active team member for the Bangladesh’s Demographic and Health Survey 2011 with ICF Macro.
Help with the result matrix preparation and information system development of the new Health Sector wide program of Bangladesh.
Design and devise the M&E/MIS System for CCFC Canada’s all 6 Country Offices.
Conducted baseline survey for all 6 Country offices of CCFC Canada (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay)
Worked as the Results/Information Custodian for Rural Maintenance Programme (RMP) implemented by CARE Bangladesh. Key role played in designing RBM-LFA and overall implementation of strategy.
Designed the M&E/MIS comprehensive package for SHOUHARDO program of CARE Bangladesh.
Setting-up the overall result management system of country’s first and largest SWAP PEDP II through a proper M&E system

Key Research Publication
Program Completion Report of Second Primary Education Development Program (PEDPII)
Socio-Economic Cost Benefit Analysis of Rural Maintenance Program (RMP).
Impact Assessment of the Local Government of Bangldesh – Capacity Strengthening Component of RMP
Rephrasing Rural Poverty – RMP Experience

Design, Monitoring & Evaluation
Research and Survey
Data Analysis and Report Writing
Project Management
Training/Workshop Facilitation


Ahmad Raza Chohan

Ahmad Raza Chohan is a core consultant in WTA global consultancy business unit. He has more than 8 years of working experience in international multi cultural environment for both private as well as government sector. He has vast experience in Business Development, Leadership and Management, Coaching, Marketing, Mentoring & Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Research, Team Management,

– Non-Profit and Government Sector: Fundraising; Government Administration & Governance; Capacity Building.

Ahmad Raza Chohan has been an active volunteer. He has published a number of research papers in international journals. Also, he achieved several anchor awards for his best performance as a business development consultant. Being an exceptional marketer, he has traveled extensively both within the country and abroad. He has also attended numerous International Conferences, Seminars, Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.

Adding further to his diverse experiences and interests, Mr. Ahmad Raza Chohan is a social activist and has keen interest in sustainable entrepreneurship. He loves cricket, marathon and internet surfing etc.


Dr Manzoor Ahmad


Dr. Manzoor Ahmad is Chief Executive Officer of World Trade Advisors and a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva. His previous assignments include working as Regional Trade Advisor for Deloitte Consulting for the USAID Pakistan Trade Project; Director, Liaison Office of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Geneva; and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). He has also served as Head of Customs (Member) at the Federal Board of Revenue in Pakistan. Dr. Manzoor has also published numerous papers on issues relating to international trade, Customs reforms and food security.

• As the Regional Trade Advisor for a USAID Project (2013-2014), built strong momentum for promoting regional trade in South and Central Asia through research studies, technical assistance to/collaboration with policy-makers in the Government of Pakistan (GoP), keynote speeches at regional conferences, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, academic institutes and other trade-related forums.
• As Director, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to the United Nations at Geneva from 2008-2010, spoke at numerous international conferences to apprise various UN bodies and their member countries about the seriousness of the food crisis for world’s poor and how a coordinated effort could mitigate adverse effects of this catastrophe
• As Pakistan’s Ambassador and Chief Negotiator at the WTO (2002-2008), was one of the key proponents for initiating and successfully conducting negotiations on a new Trade Facilitation Agreement Also served as the Chairman of the WTO’s negotiating group on Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for four years.
• As head of Customs Department (2000-2002), carried out serious tariff and trade facilitation reform to enable Pakistan’s rank as one of the top 10 reformers in the world at the time

Shirley Lin


Shirley Lin, a high-profile attorney in Taiwan, has nearly 20 years of experience in transnational legal practice and is noted for providing comprehensive legal and tactical advice for her clients both at home and abroad, and for representing them in a diverse range of disputes and litigation with her strong academic background and first-hand experience in the field of public affairs.


Lin earned an LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law (NU Law) and an LL.B. from National Taiwan University. When pursuing her S.J.D. studies at NU Law, she also obtained an unprecedented fellowship from there as well as a young scholar award from a prestigious foundation solely funded by the Taiwanese government. Moreover, Lin’s researches on cutting-edge issues of international law have not only been published in worldwide recognized academic journals but have been greatly benefiting her clients in resolving some of the toughest transnational disputes.


In addition to her thriving legal career, Lin has been active in politics and other public affairs in Taiwan. More specifically, she was once elected as a Member of National Assembly; served as CEO of the most influential NGO in Taiwan’s judicial reform; frequently appeared on nationally broadcast television and radio programs as commentator; and had her own law-related column on a nationwide newspaper. Because of her outstanding achievements, Lin was recognized as a “Rising Star” in law and politics both by the Common Wealth magazine and by Central News Agency in 2004 and 2008.


With her keen insight into public affairs and geopolitics, Lin can provide all-round legal and strategic advice, which usually goes above and beyond her clients’ expectations. Lin currently is based in Taipei, and is frequently invited to work with multi-national companies especially on investment projects in the Greater China region.


Links to publications

  • ‘China and Hong Kong International investment agreements: Convergence or Divergence?’ (2015) in: Michael Lang (Ed) Hong Kong and China– An International Tax Law Perspective, Kluwer Law 214-256
  • ‘Judicial Ideal Points in New Democracies: The Case of Taiwan’ (2012) 7(1) National Taiwan University Law Review 123-166

‘Explaining Constitutional Review in New Democracies’ (2011) 20(1) Washington International Law Journal 1-40.