Dr Deborah Elms

  • April 14th, 2017

Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre


Deborah Elms is Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore. She is also a senior fellow in the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s (MTI) Trade Academy. Deborah’s present research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) negotiations and global value chains.

Previously Deborah was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She has also provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments including the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Deborah publishes the Talking Trade Blog.

Dr Deborah Elms will be appearing in the following sessions:

Protectionism, Isolationism and Free Trade? - Day 1, 1135-1215
Continuing the conversation from Dr Elms’ keynote, this panel will discuss the quashing of possibilities offered in the TPP for the US, and the nationalistic …
Is 2017 the year of anti-globalization? - Day 1, 1105-1135
Events in 2016 suggested the anti-globalization forces were gathering steam.  Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and falling trade figures all seemed to show that …
Understanding the TPP11 – Market Access for Goods - Day 1, 1330-1420
The TPP was originally negotiated and signed with 12 countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam. …

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