Aid for Trade/Economic Advisor
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Sabrina Varma has a career spanning over twenty years working on a range of international trade issues in various capacities and a variety of settings, including government, international organisations, private sector and non-governmental organisations. In the Australian context she has worked with Austrade, Commonwealth Treasury, Department of Agriculture, AusAID and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In the UK, she worked as a Senior Policy Adviser for the Confederation of British Industry and Senior Agricultural Trade Adviser with ActionAID UK. At the global level, she has been a Trade and Development Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and most recently with the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which focused on trade related capacity building of Least Developed Countries. Her specific areas of expertise include trade in services and labour mobility, agricultural trade and trade facilitation, and has been especially involved in the development of the Aid for Trade Agenda at the global level. She has published various papers on these issues. Ms Varma has provided technical/advisory support, capacity building and undertaken many trainings in the context of bilateral, regional and multilateral trade negotiations for individual countries and various groups of developing countries including the Least Developed Countries, African Group, African Union, Small and Vulnerable Economies, G77 and the G-90. She is currently working as a consultant with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Aid for Trade/Economic Adviser providing technical advice on Australia’s aid for trade programmes in the Pacific. She has been a lecturer for the Masters Program at the Institute for International Trade, Adelaide University, and Lecturer at Manchester University for the Masters Program on Trade and Development. Ms Varma has an Honours degree in Public Policy/Economics from the Australian National University (ANU) and a Masters degree in Economics and Management from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
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- 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.