Jane Drake-Brockman is Industry Professor p/t, Institute for International Trade at The University of Adelaide and Principal Consultant, JDB Solutions Pty Ltd. She is an internationally recognised expert on international trade, global value chains, regional integration and development and among Australia’s foremost experts on services competitiveness and trade in services.
As a former senior Australian diplomat and trade negotiator, starting her career as a cadet with the Australian Treasury, she served interalia as Chief Economist in the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, as Chief of Staff to Hon. Andrew Peacock, as Assistant Secretary, Economic Organisations Branch, Services and Intellectual Property Branch, Middle East and Africa Branch and Minister/Charge d’Affaires at the Australian Delegation to the EU in Brussels. She spent 8 years on the staff of the OECD Secretariat in Paris, 2 years with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and 3 years with the International Trade Centre (WTO/UN) in Geneva.
She is Founder and Director of the Australian Services Roundtable since 2001, the peak business body for the services industries in Australia and Chair of the Asia Pacific Services Coalition, the world’s largest coalition of services industries, which she was instrumental is forming in 2015. She has served on the Board of the International Chamber of Commerce in Australia, on the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Coalition of Services Industries and as Convenor of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) Taskforce on Services. In 2015 she was a central architect of the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap 2016-2025. She is likewise credited in the literature with the original business-driven idea and drive behind the plurilateral trade in services TISA negotiations in Geneva.
She has taught Macroeconomicsin the MBA Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Trade in Services in the Masters in International Trade and Development at The University of Adelaide. She has published widely on trade and regional integration, undertaken innumerable trade policy related consultancies and participated in World Economic Forum Expert Groups on Services; Global Value Chains; and Trade, Finance and Development. She is a member of the T20 Working Group on Services. Current research interests include digital trade and the Australia/EU FTA.
Recent publications include a White Paper in June 2018 for the World Economic Forum Global Value Chain Policy Series “Services” available at https://www.weforum.org/whitepapers/global-value-chain-policy-series-services-6bc95d6d-88c7-40ba-88b6-0ab0956d8de6 and in November 2018, a volume co-edited with Professor Patrick Messerlin and published by the University of Adelaide Press “Potential Benefits of an Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement” available at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/eu-trade/