Graeme Drake BRP, PGDipBusAdmin, MBS (Mgmt), CertIV TAE, MNZPI, MIMC, GAICD
Management consultant and international expert in trade facilitation, standardistion and conformity assessment
Mr. Graeme Drake is an international consultant in trade facilitation, standardisation and conformity assessment.
His trade related experience includes representative and technical positions on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand governments related non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to trade within the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Association of South East Asian Nations – Closer Economic Relationship (ASEAN-CER) Dialogue, various bi-lateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, and mutual recognition arrangements between Australia and New Zealand and the European Union.
At various times Graeme has represented Australia, New Zealand and the Intentional Organization for Standardization (ISO) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Measures (SPS) Committees and the OECD Regulatory Reform programme. In 2005 he was a contributing author on the use of international standards and conformity assessment to facilitate trade in the World Trade Report, and more recently has developed materials on regulations and trade, and the use of risk-based approaches to import and export controls and market surveillance that have been published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Graeme has extensive policy expertise and capacity building experience on the interface between regulatory practice and trade, and has worked in Australia, the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Indonesia, Namibia and the Philippines on improving sector access to export markets, import controls, and rapid alert systems for food and feed.
Graeme has held executive positions at Standards New Zealand, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, the British Standards Institution Australia and New Zealand (formally NCS International Ltd); the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA); Australian Computer Society (ACS); and is currently the Secretary of Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC).
He chairs a number of international, regional and national trade, standards and conformity assessment related forums, including: the ISO/CASCO Technical Interface Group (TIG) that monitors and provides input on the subjects of auditing, certification, inspection, testing and verification, across all the technical sectors of ISO standardization; the Australia and New Zealand Committee on conformity Assessment; and Australian committees on Compliance Systems, and on Environmental Labels and Claims.
Graeme holds a bachelor degree in regional planning and economics, a postgraduate diploma and Master’s degree in business, a short course certificate in
negotiation and conflict resolution from Harvard University Law School, and the Australian Institute of Company Director’s diploma. He is also a qualified
trainer and assessor.
Graeme is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute, the Australian Institute of Management Consultants and is a member of Standard Australia’s Standards Development and Accreditation Committee (SDAC). In 2013 Graeme was a recipient of an Australian National Standards Award.
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Ziyaad Ebrahim, GTP
Ziyaad has close to fifteen years of experience in international trade and development.He joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) after serving 12 years in various positions within the Government of Seychelles, where he comes from.
During his time in the Government of Seychelles, he was directly involved in trade, investment and general economic policy formulation and implementation.He also has experience on WTO accession and was involved in FTA negotiations with the European Union and within the Eastern and Southern African region. He has also worked with international organisations such as the IMF, World Bank and the African Development Bank on Structural Adjustment Programmes, private sector and MSME development initiatives including gender empowerment projects.
In his current role with the WTO, he coordinates the work of the WTO LDC Group in the ongoing trade negotiations.He also monitors and assists LDC participation in specific areas of the negotiations which include Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT), fisheries subsidies, trade facilitation and LDC accession negotiations.
He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of French.
Ziyaad was one of the first people globally to be certified as a Global Trade Professional in the area of Trade Management.