Our staff consists of a core team of experienced professionals, who have a long-standing experience in trade negotiations (bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral) and in development issues. Their combined policy know-how, government and private sector experience are strong assets to enrich international trade and development policy debates. The Centre’s other ongoing activities and projects underpin its policy recommendations on trade, development and global governance issues.
|Executive Director:||Nicolas IMBODEN|
|Senior Policy Advisor:||Josip PERVAN|
|Policy Advisor:||Iva DROBNJAK|
|Project Manager:||Natacha BOGORAD|
|Finance Manager||Jeanne-Françoise DESCAMPS|
Mr Nicolas Imboden, a Swiss national, graduated in law at the University of Geneva, holds a degree in development studies from the African Development Institute; a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston and was an AMP student at Harvard.
He is partner and cofounder of IDEAS Centre. Since the organization’s creation in 2002, he directs and provides high-level advice to all its projects: assistance in accession/post-accession, trade policy advice (WTO, regional intergration, bilateral trade agreement), trade-related capacity-building, training and assistance.
Previously, he was Senior Vice President of SGS (1999-2002), a Swiss Government trade and aid official with the rank of an ambassador (1992-1999), Governor of the regional development banks (ADB, AFDB, IDB) and Executive Director at the EBRD (1992). He was the Swiss negotiator for market access and agriculture during the Uruguay Round negotiations (1987-1992). He also worked in the World Bank (1978-1982 as Agricultural Economist), OECD (1974-1978 as Researcher on aid monitoring) and UNDP (1972-1974 as Program Officer in Chad).
He is currently a member of the International Food and Agricultural Policy Council (IPC). He has been a member of various Expert Groups of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and of the UNDP Human Development Report.
Senior Policy Advisor
Mr Josip Pervan holds a MA degree in business economics from the Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria. After finishing his studies he joined the Ministry of Economy of Croatia where he participated in completion of Croatian WTO accession negotiations. Later on he worked as a part of the team at the Ministry of European Integration of Croatia that concluded negotiations on the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Croatia and the EU. Between 2002 and 2007 he served as a trade diplomat at the Mission in Geneva representing Croatian interests at the multilateral level. As a leader of two negotiating groupings at the WTO and WIPO he articulated and advocated specific interests of developing and transition economies. In WIPO, he coordinated the Regional Group of Central European and Baltic States, while in the WTO he served as a long-term leader of the Recently Acceded Members (RAMs). At IDEAS Centre Josip is providing targeted trade policy and negotiating advice to Governments of LDCs, developing and transition economies but also managing projects and developing project proposals. Josip has also published articles and analyses on issues concerning international trade in Croatian business weekly magazine and in the Bulletin of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.
Ms Iva Drobnjak holds a MA degree in International Economics from Belgrade University, Serbia. She started her career working for USAID as Economic Advisor on the WTO accession for Serbia and Montenegro, and also as a Specialist on the accession project for Ukraine. She then became Senior Economic Advisor with SEGA (Serbian economic Growth Activity), where she provided advice in policy formulation as well as project management for the accession of Serbia to WTO. After a short period as Economic Advisor for the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development of the Republic of Serbia, she returned to USAID as Senior Policy Advisor, working on legal reforms for Serbia, followed by an assignment as Economic Consultant assisting the Government of Serbia. Recently, Iva has acted as Customs and Trade Expert for a multinational company, Economic Consultant on the CEFTA Trade Portal and worked for the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, as a Trade Logistics Consultant for the Western Balkans project. She joined IDEAS Centre in 2013 as a Policy Advisor in which capacity she provides trade policy advice and technical assistance to developing and least developed countries in accession negotiations, post-accession process and DDA negotiations.
Mr Darius Rao graduated with a Master of International Law and Economics (magna cum laude) from the World Trade Institute at the University of Bern in 2011, which focuses on international trade law and policy. During and after his studies, he accomplished numerous traineeships in Belize, Palestine and South Africa, notably in the field of refugee law. His career orientation then shifted to international trade policy and he subsequently worked as a trainee for the European Free Trade Association. His fields of interests revolve around trade-related food security issues, trade in agriculture and regional integration schemes. As of 2013, he has been assisting his colleagues at IDEAS Centre in the provision of policy advice and technical assistance to developing countries in trade policy reviews, Doha Round negotiations and other trade-related matters.
Ms Natacha Bogorad holds a MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva and a Diploma of advanced studies in Project management from the University of Geneva (HEC). At IDEAS Centre she has managed the cotton project from 2003-2006. She has also been responsible for the Geneva Trade & Development Forum including the overall management of the program, the organization of a high-level event in 2008, fundraising and strategy. Natacha has then managed the accession initiative that led to the new 2012 guidelines to facilitate the WTO accession of LDCs. She currently leads the governance initiative that assists poorer countries in the discussions over the governance of the multilateral trading system. Since 2012, she is responsible for IDEAS Centre’s fundraising and strategy development. She also is the author of the chapter on trade of the “Annuaire Suisse de politique du développement” for 2004 and 2005, published by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva.
Ms Anne-Sophie Nivet-Claeys holds a Ph. D in Political Science from the Centre d’Etudes d’Afrique noire (Sciences Po Bordeaux, France, 2004) and a masters of research (DEA) in African studies (1997).
She joined IDEAS Centre in 2006 and was in charge of the successive “Cotton projects” until 2013. She currently manages the project which assists LDCs in the preparation for the December 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference and the post-Bali era. Among other tasks, she is responsible for coordination, publications, organisation of events, strategic watch, research, awareness-raising as well as reporting and financial monitoring. She also participates in other projects and activities led by IDEAS Centre, including promotion and strategy.
As a researcher, she worked on European development and trade policies, French cooperation and development policy, regional integration in West Africa and aid for trade issues. She published several articles and book chapters on the above-mentioned issues. Parallel to her research activities, she taught political science and constitutional law at the Institute of Political Studies (Bordeaux) and European cooperation and development issues at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris). She also worked occasionally as a consultant for various French institutions (Haut Conseil de la Coopération internationale, Direction générale de la Coopération internationale et du Développement, Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales).