Mr. Peter K. Biwott is the Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. Mr. Peter K. Biwott has a vast experience in management, trade, investment and industrial policy development, research and analysis on regional integration, private sector development, regional development planning, macroeconomics and public finance and monitoring and evaluation. Mr. Biwott has worked as Trade Development Manager at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), Manger, Public Finance and Macroeconomics at the Commission on Revenue Allocation, (CRA), Chief Manager, Planning, Research and Development at Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) and long serving as an Economist in the public sector. He holds economics degree from Kenyatta University and a Master degree in Development Economics from International Institute of Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. Mr. Peter K. Biwott is a beneficiary of the prestigious Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship. He also possesses macroeconomics policy, research and analysis qualifications from the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis. He has contributed to publications at the Journal of World Economic Research on trade, regulatory policies, investments and economic growth.
The Executive Director at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), Javier Antonio Gutiérrez (@jantgut), has extensive experience in public administration and negotiation of trade agreements. He is originally from El Salvador, where he was a trade negotiator for the Ministry of Economy. He worked at the International Labour Organization on trade and employment issues, as well as the World Trade Organization in the Information and External Relations Division.
He has a BA in Economics from El Salvador's Superior School of Economics and Business and has a Master's Degree in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland.
At SIECA, he was advisor to the Secretary-General before his appointment as executive director in October 2015.
Currently the Director General responsible for Customs and Trade matters at the East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania. His work mainly involves coordination of policy formulation, monitoring implementation of agreed regional policies and strategic planning for promoting regional integration in the broad areas of Customs and Trade policies. He has held the position since 7th December 2004. Previously worked at the same organization as the Macro-Economist between 1996 and 2004.Before joining the East African Community, Mr Kiguta worked at The Treasury of the Government of the Republic of Kenya as an Economist, between 1981 and 1996, where he rose to the position of Chief Economist. As a Chief Economist, his worked involved preparation of background materials for engagement with visiting missions of the World Bank and IMF and attended Donor Consultative meetings. At one time he also doubled up as Economic Advisor to the Vice President of the Republic of Kenya who was also the Minister of Planning and National Development.Mr Kiguta also taught economics to under graduate students at Boston University in 1985. He obtained a MA in Economic Policy (Boston University, USA, 1985) and a BA in Economics (University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1981).Mr Kiguta has also attended various short training courses, written and published papers on economic matters and represented the East African Community and Government of Kenya in various international meetings.He is married and has 4 children and 2 grand daughters.
Dr. Mohammad Saeed is Senior Adviser Trade Facilitation with International Trade Centre (ITC) Geneva where he leads its trade facilitation team. Before joining this assignment in April 2014, He served as Senior Technical Adviser on Trade and Transport Facilitation with UNCTAD. He has vast experience of working on trade facilitation issues at national, regional and multilateral level. He also worked as lead negotiator for Pakistan in WTO negotiations for the Trade Facilitation Agreement for six years. His work experience of over 15 years with Pakistan Customs has contributed towards his pragmatic approach based on the ground realities in the TF area. He has enriched his experience by working with many developing countries for identifying their TF needs assessment and developing their national implementation plans.
International Trade law and Procedure is the area of his prime interest. He has the honour to be Chairman and Panelist in two dispute settlement cases in the WTO; China Poultry and Vietnam Shrimp cases. He has also been Chairman of WTO Committee on Market Access for consecutive three years and Chairman of WTO Customs valuation Committee. He also served as Vice Chairman of General Assembly of Advisory Centre on WTO Laws (ACWL) for consecutive five years. In recognition of his work in the area of international trade, he is often invited to present at international conferences.
He holds Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and LLB from University of London. Besides having a postgraduate degree in Economics from University of London, he has his specialized training in International Trade Law from Harvard Law School.
David Stanton joined TMEA in 2010. His main areas of expertise are regional economic integration, trade and business strategy, and programme and organisational management. He has worked in over 40 developing countries, mainly in Africa and Asia. His current role covers strategic and business planning across the programme portfolio, and delivery of TMEA’s results across East Africa. Before joining TMEA, David served as Chief Adviser for Enterprise Development, and Head of the Tanzania programme for the UK’s Department for International Development. Earlier, he was Director of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa and a Country Director for CARE International. He is a British citizen and holds a Masters Degree in English from Cambridge University. He also has an MBA.
Susan Stone is a Director, ESCAP Trade, Investment and Innovation Division. Previously, she served as Senior Trade Policy Analyst in the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Development Bank Institute and Research Manager at the Australian Productivity Commission. Her main research activities have centered on trade and its interaction with various economic outcomes, most recently, on employment, especially trade along global value chains. She has also studied the relationship between trade and transport, poverty reduction, and environmental outcomes. She has a PhD in Economics from Drexel University, USA.