Ben Shepherd

Principal of Developing Trade Consultants

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.

Bridges news

17 Mai 2017
How does the entry into force of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in February 2017 affect African countries’ efforts to join and move up global value chains (GVCs)? The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) provides a new global benchmark for customs and border procedures. Its...