Project Team

Senior Expert Team

Team Leader: Mr. Joachim MONKELBAAN

Mr. Joachim Monkelbaan, is an independent consultant specialised in trade and sustainable development. Forthe last five years, Mr. Monkelbaan served as a Senior Consultant for UNEP’sTrade Unit and as Senior Programme Officer on trade, investment and climate change at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development(ICTSD) in Geneva. Previously, he was Programme Officer for multilateral cooperation on renewable energy at the International Center for Small Hydro Power (IC-SHP) based in Hangzhou, China, a Policy Officer at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Policy Unit in Switzerland,and a Legal and Economic Officer at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Senior Modelling Expert: Mr. Ben GARDINER

Mr. Ben Gardiner has over 20 years of experience in the field of economic analysis as well as in the construction and operationalization of economic modelling systems. Mr Gardiner currently holds the position of Director of Cambridge Econometrics having previously acted as a senior economist and project manager, as well as an independent consultant to UNESCO and national governments. Mr Gardiner has experience in implementing econometric modelling across various sectors such as for labour issues, energy and environmental impacts, and national and international economic policies. Mr Gardiner helped to construct the early versions  of the E3ME (energy-environment economy model of Europe) model, subsequently managing projects where this model has been utilised for economic impact assessment.

Senior Human and Labour Rights Expert: Ms. Kamala DAWAR

Ms Kamala Dawar is a policy analyst and lecturer in international trade law and development policy at Sussex University, School of Law. She holds advanced degrees with distinction from the London School of Economics and the University of Amsterdam, School of Law in governance and in international and European trade law.  She conducts research and training on international trade and development related issues for inter-governmental institutions including the WTO, World Bank and the European Commission. She has published articles on issues including government procurement, competition, consumer policy, preferential trading arrangements and the EC’s Generalised System of Preferences.

Senior Local Expert: Dr. Myo Myo

Dr. Myo Myo combines extensive experience and local expertise in the fields of social and economic issues within Myanmar. Since 2013 Dr. Myo Myo has been the program director at the Center for Economy, Environment and Society (CEES Myanmar), a referential multidisciplinary research and training center, which fosters the achievement of sustainable development in Myanmar. In this capacity she has been responsible for implementing baseline analysis and mapping for various public and private funded initiatives, as well as providing advisory services for various legal reforms that were presented to government ministries. Prior to her current position Dr. Myo Myo was Project Coordinator at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) implementing projects aimed at strengthening democratic structure and stakeholders in Myanmar.