Gender Research Group
Anoush Der Boghossian
Economic Affairs Officer, Gender Focal Point, Development Division, Aid for Trade Unit, WTO
Anoush der Boghossian was appointed the WTO's first focal point on gender by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo in 2017. Anoush works in the Aid for Trade Unit of the WTO's Development Division and was a senior member of the team that delivered the Global Review of Aid for Trade in 2017. Prior to joining the Development Division in 2016, Ms der Boghossian worked in the Information and External Relations Division of the WTO. She worked first as a French Language Spokesperson for the WTO and then as NGO Liaison Officer and Social Media Manager. At IERD, she was also managed successive Public Forums between 2013-2016. Among her educational achievements, she has a Masters in European Law from the Universite de Rennes I.
Deborah VORHIES is ICTSD’s Managing Director. She holds an MBA and earlier degrees in law and finance. Prior to joining ICTSD, Mrs. Vorhies spent six years with the International Finance Corporation (IFC and World Bank Group), developing and managing its Biodiversity portfolio.She also worked as Coordinator of the Trade and Environment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme, folllowing various positions and lecturing in International Economic Development, Finance and Law. Mrs.Vorhies is a citizen of France and South Africa.
Ben Shepherd, the Principal of Developing Trade Consultants, is a trade economist and international development consultant. He has worked on a wide range of trade and development issues with organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. He specializes in providing policy-relevant research, as well as capacity-building seminars for researchers working in trade and development. He has published more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals, and a similar number of book chapters.
Ben’s particular areas of expertise include:
- Trade Policy
- Global Value Chains
- Trade Facilitation and Logistics
- Trade in Services
Prior to starting DTC, Ben was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from France’s leading public policy school, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He has also completed graduate studies at Cambridge University in the UK, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Kiranne is a Senior Programme Officer in the Development & Competitiveness Programme of ICTSD. She fosters strategic engagement from least developed and low income countries on trade and sustainable development issues with a view of enhancing inclusive economic growth.
Previously Kiranne was the managing editor of Bridges Africa, a leading publication that provides trade related analysis from a sustainable development perspective for high-level policymakers and influencers.
Her areas of focus at ICTSD are international trade, global economic governance and development issues with a particular focus on Africa.
She was previously with the Trade Department of the French embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh; the Commission of International and European Affairs of the French Senate in Paris, France; and with the UNESCO in Dakar, Senegal.
Her academic background is in International Economic Law and Economics (Predictive Analytics) from Paris, France. Kiranne is bilingual in French and in English, and holds multiple citizenships from France, Mauritius and India.