Alan Oxley is Principal of ITS Global, consultants on global issues. It is based in Melbourne, Australia. He is Chairman of the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels (ECIPE).
Before establishing ITS in 1990, Alan was a career diplomat. He served in Singapore, at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. He transferred to the Trade Department in 1985 and served as Australian Ambassador to the GATT, the predecessor of the World Trade Organisation until 1989. He served as Chairman of the GATT Council and the GATT Contracting Parties.
ITS Global consults to the public and private sectors on international trade, economic development, natural resources, sustainability and investment. It has developed and delivered capacity enhancement programs for Asian Pacific economies on economic reform, participation in free trade agreements, trade reform and accession to the WTO.
The Australian APEC Study Centre promotes APEC goals and strategies through training and research projects. It is a development partner of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on aid programs.
ITS Global provides advice and research for commercial clients on trade issues including accession to Free Trade Agreements and compliance with WTO rules and obligations. It has advised APEC economies on benefits and impacts of participating in bilateral Free Trade Agreements and most recently the Trans Pacific Partnership FTA.