Alan Oxley is Chairman of the APEC Study Centre and one of Australia's most authoritative advisers on international trade.
Chairman, APEC Study Centre
Before establishing his consultancy in 1990, Alan was a career diplomat. He represented Australia 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 Organization, until 1989.
He played a key role in creating the ground-breaking coalition of agricultural exporters, known as the Cairns Group. He was the first Australian to serve as GATT Chairman, and has expertise in all areas of international trade from agriculture to services, intellectual property to government procurement, and in particular provisions of international trade agreements. He is internationally recognised as a commentator on trade issues and has advised developing economies on the structures and policies needed for WTO accession.
Alan was author of the influential “An Australia-USA Free Trade Agreement: Issues and Implications” (2001), a report for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also published, "Seize the Future" (2000), "International Trade and Environment Agreements on CD ROM"(1995), and "The Challenge of Free Trade" (1990). Alan graduated from Monash University with honours in 1970 where he studied Asian history and politics.