Richard is an independent advisor on international affairs with especial focus on trade, conflict, and development. He has led four multi-million pound organisations as chief executive for a total of 18 years.They ranged from a famous charity to a UK government agency to a private company to a membership body.All of them were revenue-based operations delivering public benefits.
Additionally he has been on the Board of five multi-million pound operations including companies, charities, two government agencies, and a UK Russell
Richard has worked in over 55 countries, with a particular focus on Africa, the wider Commonwealth, and in post-conflict situations.
He was Chief Executive, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council from 2017 to 2019.For the previous 8 years, he was Chief Executive of Wilton Park (a Foreign and Commonwealth Office agency for conciliation and dialogue on global issues).He was a Commissioner for Commonwealth Scholarships, and on the Council of Durham University
He has been CEO of the Countryside Alliance, Director General of the Zoological Society of London, and for ten years served with the British Council in Africa and the Middle East.
He graduated from Durham University in 1980 and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Peradeniiya, Sri Lanka.
Our goal is to bring people together to:
- build professional capabilities in trade
- elevate the profile of trade
- advocate the benefits and opportunities of trade
- facilitate networking
- improve the performance and success of companies in global trade
- boost the efficiency of trade processes.
Featured GTPA Member
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.