Developing Trade Consultants draws on a network of international experts to create the right team for each project. Its approach combines quantitative and qualitative methods in a way that produces genuinely insightful research and analysis.

Key members of the DTC network include:

Dr. Ben Shepherd Principal

Ben has over ten year’s experience in Trade Policy and Development, and has consulted for the leading international organizations in the field. He has a strong background in quantitative analysis, backed up with policy-relevant experience in the developing country context. His expertise covers all areas in which DTC is active. He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, and a similar number of book chapters and book-length reports. After completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University, he founded DTC in 2009.

Dr. Liza Archanskaia Consultant

Liza has worked with DTC on the application of network analysis methods to the study of Global Value Chains. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at KU Leuven, where she is working on topics including comparative advantage in trade and its links to the unbundling of production witnessed in Global Value Chains. She has worked as a consultant for the APEC Policy Support Unit.

Dr. Erik van der Marel Consultant

Erik specializes in Services Trade, Trade Policy in developing countries, and Global Value Chains. As a consultant for the World Bank, he has leveraged academic work on comparative advantage in Services Trade to develop concrete insights for policymakers in terms of competitiveness analysis and the tradability of various services sectors. He has also consulted for the OECD, the APEC Policy Support Unit, and the European Commission. Erik lectured at the London School of Economics before joining the European Center for International Political Economy as a Senior Economist in 2013.

Ms. Anasuya Raj Consultant

Anasuya holds a Master degree in Economics from the Paris School of Economics (Ecole Normale Superieure), in addition to an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. She has worked as a consultant in the World Bank Trade Department, where she specialized in Transport and Logistics, as well as Trade Costs and Facilitation. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at the Paris School of Economics.

Ms. Danielle Trachtenberg Consultant

Danielle is an experienced trade economist with strong quantitative skills, and a proven track record of providing policy-relevant analysis in real-world settings. She has particular competence in the use of Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, as well as statistical and econometric techniques, to analyze concrete problems in trade policy, including economic integration agreements. Her professional experience has included four years at the US International Trade Commission. Danielle holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs (International Economic Relations) from the American University, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Economics at Boston University.

Dr. Anirudh Shingal Senior Consultant

Anirudh has 15 years of experience in empirical analyses of trade and development issues. He has over 50 publications on services, government procurement, preferential trade agreements, GVCs and NTMs as peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reports completed for various international organizations. Anirudh has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex and is currently a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and Senior Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern