The Project Team of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) in support of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between the European Union and the Philippines has sound experience across the economic, social, environmental and human rights dimensions. As such, the Project Team produces analysis that builds upon a broad understanding of the potential impacts of the FTA under discussion in respect to each of the thematic areas, developing a holistic view of its potential impacts on the trading partners and on ohter relevant countries. Additionally, the Project Team has considerable knowledge of and experience in trade, trade law and policy and preferential market access, as well as in stakeholder consultation.
Dr. Joachim Monkelbaan is an independent consultant specialised in trade and sustainable development. With extensive experience on technical and socio-economic themes related to trade, investment, climate change, human livelihoods and ecosystem conservation with knowledge of trade and sustainable development policy in the context of the WTO, IMO, ICAO, the UNFCCC and the EU. Dr. Monkelbaan has a decade of experience in global governance, investment, trade, climate change, energy, capacity development, and the transition to a Green Economy. Dr. Monkelbaan has in-depth research experience in these cross-cutting areas for both ex-post and ex-ante evaluations of EU policy and draws on an extensive network of experts and high-level policy makers in the course of his work. He has been Team Leader on two previous EC-funded SIAs, measuring impacts of the Environmental Goods Agreement and the EU-Myanmar Investment Agreement, as well as a number of expert roles on projects for EEAS, UNEP, APEC, WHO and UNDP
Ms. Merle has 10 years of professional experience as an independent consultant for the private and public sectors as a project manager and short-term consultant in lower and middle income countries in ASEAN countries (particularly Indonesia and the Philippines) and Latin America / Caribbean countries, and has provided applied research and technical assistance in fields including trade and economic development, sustainability policy and the green economy, eco-friendly business, and public administration reform. In this capacity, she has worked on a wide variety of EU projects and bilateral and regional German-Indonesian, German-Philippines and German-ASEAN projects relating to the environmental impacts of trade policies and other initiatives. Ms. Merle is a specialist in the green economy (including sustainable consumption and production, and life-cycle based assessments), and circular economy and closed loop systems (particularly business model innovation, eco-innovation, and recyclability by design)
With over 10 years of experience in addressing discrimination and respect for the rights of marginalized groups, including ethnic minorities, and indigenous peoples, Ms. Fernández Carrillo has worked for a number of international organizations. These include the UNDP, the UN Global Compact, UN Women, the Inter-American Development Bank, OXFAM, Global Rights, and Save the Children. During her career in consultancy, Ms. Fernández Carrillo provided strategic guidance and advice in partnership building, synergies, resource mobilization and sector-wide coordination. Additionally, she has expertise in mediation, dispute resolution, compliance and auditing on issues relating to resettlement, indigenous people, and environmental and social safeguards policies. Over her tenure at the UNDP Philippines, Ms. Fernández Carrillo worked on the Joint Needs Assessment for conflict areas in Mindanao Project, which was funded by the World Bank. She further advised and provided support for the Multi-Donor Peace and Development Programme in Southern Philippines (MDPD), managed a research project on corporate social responsibility with the Philippines Business Forum for Progress and the New Academy of Business. She also supported a project to strengthen the capacity of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines (NCIP), and served as trainer in the area of human rights and gender equality.
As a junior economic researcher at DEVELOPMENT Solutions, Mr. Bleser participated in various DG TRADE funded projects. These projects included conducting research and analysis on China’s raw materials to support WTO investigations and providing research for the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the Canada-EU Trade Agreement Negotiations. In this role, he provided legal, economic and social analysis and project oversight, directed research, provided quality control and backstopping and ensured adherence to reporting deadlines and requirements while working closely with DG TRADE officials on the SIA implementation. Currently, Mr. Bleser is a researcher at the Center for the Study of Economy and Society, Ithica New York, where he utilises social network analysis and other techniques to research the emergence of public-private partnerships in trade and investment.