Dr Andrew Grainger

My career in trade facilitation began more than 20 years ago, and started as a freight forwarder in Germany and Southeast Asia. This followed with a stint at PricewaterhouseCoopers in worldtrade consulting, before joining SITPRO, the UK’s former trade facilitation agency, as its Deputy Director Trade Procedures. I have been trading as a freelance consultant since 2006. The company was formally registered in England and Wales in 2007 and again in 2018.

Apart from my work at Trade Facilitation Consulting, I have also held various academic appointments at the University of Nottingham, where I still hold the position of Honorary Associated Professor, and have led numerous large scale research projects.

I also work regularly as in-house consultant for international organisations like the UN and WTO’s International Trade Centre in Geneva and the World Bank Group in Washington. On several occasions I have been asked to give witness statements at the UK Parliament as well as develop briefing documents and workshops for Members of the European Parliament.

At the EBS Wiesbaden (Germany) I hold a visiting Professorship and have also held fellowships, short-term or honorary appointments at: UCL (London), TU Delft (Netherlands), the University of New South Wales (Sydney), the University of Canberra (Australia), and Shanghai Customs College (China). I am also a member of the International Network of Customs Universities’ (INCU) management committee.

My part-time PhD in Management with focus on Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain Management at Birkbeck, University of London was awarded the prestigious Palgrave Macmillan Prize for best PhD in Maritime Economics and Logistics (2005-2008). Furthermore, I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from the University of Nottingham, an MA in International Political Economy from Warwick University and a BSc in International Transport from Cardiff University.

My work has taken me to many interesting and wonderful countries, including most of Europe and Southeast Asia, China, Australia, Brazil, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

Ms Melissa Siew

Qualified as a Pharmacist, I also hold a Master’s Degree in Classical Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities with Creative Writing from he Open University (UK). Working with Andrew, I apply myself to marketing, event planning and logistics, technical writing, editing and proof-reading. In a previous life I was a Staff Editor for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s “Martindale: the complete drug reference” book. I also worked as a Product Manager for Roche in Malaysia.