Trade & Policy Advisory

Understand and overcome Circular economy, Regulatory, Customs & Alignment, Single Trade windows, Standards and ESG compliance issues.

Global Advisory Team

John Lillywhite

John Lillywhite is a Digital Policy analyst focused on private-public sector partnership in emerging technologies. He has served two MENA governments; as Senior Analyst to HRH Prince el Hassan bin Talal at the Royal Palace in Jordan, and as a Google Research Fellow at the Dubai School of Government (MBRSG). He currently serves as a Public Policy Expert in Digital for the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

Policy interventions of note in the UAE include moderating early Chatham House roundtables with the Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA), publishing with Google on the Post-Covid-19 digital economy, training with the ICC in Digital Trade and validating a new Gaming Strategy with Dubai Chamber and the Dubai Future Foundation.

John is a technology accelerationist with on-the-ground experience; leading and rebuilding the team at Al Bawaba News as Executive Publisher and securing VC investment from the King Abdullah Fund for Development (KADF) for the publishing startup, ‘project pen.’

He believes that tech public policy is most effective when it works to enable and diffuse innovation rather than centralize state control. Key pillars of John’s policy work include ensuring access to technology, the funding and expansion of R&D, and identifying legitimate entrepreneurship, economic transformation, and civilizational opportunities.

Eric Olo

Eric Olo MBA, a Nigerian British and US national with an international footprint, is a distinguished Business Strategy & Development Executive with over three decades of expertise in enhancing corporate value through comprehensive strategic initiatives, astute investment management, and transformative business practices. With a career spanning various sectors and countries, Eric has a proven track record of steering high-profile financial operations, managing assets worth over $30 billion, and leading organizations to achieve unprecedented growth.

Eric has cultivated a rich professional journey that reflects his deep commitment to business excellence and innovation. As the Executive Director/Chief Portfolio Officer at the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI) in Abuja, Nigeria, Eric led the management of sovereign assets exceeding $30 billion, showcasing his ability to optimize investment strategies and enhance portfolio performance significantly. Before his tenure at MOFI, Eric was the Managing Partner at Epercent Investment Resources, Ltd, where he orchestrated strategic divestments yielding 150% annualized returns and played a pivotal role in consolidating West Africa’s largest hydroelectricity holdings.

In 2006, Eric founded Intelligent Interfaces Inc., USA, a consultancy specializing in business and technology solutions for global Fortune 500 companies. Under his leadership, the company delivered innovative data, finance and analytics projects. His expertise extends to formulating organizational and technology plans, conducting market and data analysis, and leading business process re-engineering lifecycles.

Dr Graham Bright

Dr Graham Bright JP is Head - Compliance and Operations at Euro Exim Bank Ltd, an innovative financial institution specialising in Trade Finance, facilitating global trade for corporates and SMEs worldwide.

Spanning more than 40 years in the finance industry, his experience encompasses working collaboratively with industry utilities, regulators and Central Banks, consulting, and partner/channels management. He holds a Professional Doctorate in Leadership and Management, and a BA (Hons.) degree in Business Studies. He is also a serving UK Justice of the Peace and sits on Crown Court appeals.

Formerly Director of FSI Solutions and Strategy at EMC, he was financial SME with responsibility for paperless banking, governance, compliance and risk solutions. Prior to EMC, he was Managing Director of Financial Tradeware, provider of a Swift Bureau service, broker and hedge fund trading systems.

Graham was a Regional Sales Manager at SWIFT for 20 years, a member of the UK CHAPS Technical Committee, account manager for the Bank of England RTGS system, onboarding and servicing banks across Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and working in fintech partner relations.

Graham is a regular contributor to trade journals, interviewed for Reuters, Bloomberg and Forbes TV channels, featured with industry videos on YouTube and a published thought leader with articles in financial technology press. He is a recognized speaker at trade industry conferences across the globe including Transforming Finance, GTR and TXF, and receiver of prestigious bank and industry awards.

Lars Hansen

Lars is a leader and innovator in the banking and insurance sectors. With over four decades of professional experience, he has held positions as board member, CEO and Chief Risk Officer. He has extensive experience in strategy, systemic risk assessments, digitalization and general business transformation.

Lars has been instrumental in the development of trace:original, a solution for creating and managing electronic trade documents, functionally equivalent to paper documents that will enable logistic firms, banks and corporates to move form paper to digital. In this capacity Lars was consultative in the drafting process of the Electronic Trade Documents Act, supporting the Law Commission of England and Wales.

His alma mater is Stockholm School of Economics, where he holds the local equivalent of an MBA in International Finance and Economic Psychology.

Rakhi Dhulia

Rakhi stands as a distinguished figure in the domain of international trade and customs. With a career spanning over 15 years, she has been committed to pioneering innovations within the intricate nexus of customs operations and IT systems. Rakhi's unmatched expertise in digitalization has positioned her as a prominent influencer in the sphere of Customs and International Trade. One of her most notable achievements was her instrumental role as the Chief Product and Engineering Officer at EORI, operating across various geographies. Under her leadership, Rakhi conceptualized and executed a game-changing EORI platform. This platform automated customs import and export processes in the aftermath of the UK's departure from the EU, setting a new standard for trade workflow efficiency. Her tailored approach to the intricacies of customs operations further cemented her reputation as a sector visionary.

During her term as the Technology Director for Customs, Borders, and International Trade at HMRC, Rakhi's capabilities were once again on full display. Faced with the mammoth task of readying HMRC’s customs IT infrastructure for the UK's EU exit, Rakhi successfully oversaw the transformation of more than 400 systems. Managing a team of over 1200 professionals and a budget surpassing £500 million, she showcased not only her technical adeptness but also her profound comprehension of customs and International Trade regulations, global standards, and specific data security requirements, including those of the OECD for the trade sector.

Beyond her technological accomplishments, Rakhi is an ardent proponent of building strategic partnerships within the trade community. Her alliances with global government agencies like GCC, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and the EU, in conjunction with customs authorities and international stakeholders, highlight her dedication to enabling smooth trade processes and maintaining compliance at all junctures.

In the intricate realm of international trade and customs, Rakhi seamlessly combines her profound technical knowledge with a sharp grasp of trade rules, thus emerging as a leading light in her field. At present, Rakhi holds a pivotal role as a lead committee member for ACITA, further expanding her global influence in reshaping Customs, Borders, and International Trade.

Dr. Donald J. Lewis

Donald is a Professor with a career spanning 40 years with specialisms in International Trade policy and Investment Law, Dispute Resolution, and Chinese Law.

Since the early 2000s, he has worked with several international organizations and aid agencies, including the World Trade Organization (WTO), UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP), UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), USAID and Australian Aid. He advises international law firms, investment banks, and multinational corporations on Chinese trade, investment, and arbitration matters.

He has published extensively on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. His co-authored publications include: “Dynamic synergies between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals” in the Journal of International Business Policy (Springer, 2021); “One Belt, One Road, One World: Where is US Business Connectivity?” in China’s Belt and Road Initiative – Changing the Rules of Globalization (Springer, 2018); “OBOR Roadmaps: The Legal and Policy Frameworks” in TDM OBOR Special Issue (Transnational Dispute Management, 2017) and in The Belt and Road Initiative: Law, Economics, and Politics (E.J. Brill, 2018); and as author: “OBOR in the context of China-EU FDI and China’s evolving economic diplomacy” in China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance? (Edward Elgar, 2018).

His books include China’s Participation in the WTO (2005); The China Investment Manual (1998); PRC Joint Ventures: Drafting and Negotiating Contracts (1997); and The Life and Death of a Joint Venture in China (1996). His articles have appeared in the Hong Kong Law Journal, Studies in Trade and Investment, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, and Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, among others. He has been a featured contributor of China Daily Online. He is also the co-Founder of the leading English language periodical on Chinese legal developments, China Law & Practice, and the China Law section of the Hong Kong Law Journal. He is a Member Emeritus of the State Bar of Georgia, USA. He reads, types, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Digital Trade

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Digitalisation increases the scale, scope, and speed of trade, allowing firms to bring new products and services to a larger number of customers globally. It also enables firms, notably SMEs, to use new and innovative digital tools to overcome barriers to growth and making trade faster, safer and cheaper.

GoGlobal Trade advises corporates and governments on how to implement digital trade flow in an inclusive and technology neutral manner where data can be managed and accessed by all.

Benefits include:

  • Increased access to information and an improved ability to communicate.
  • Ability to trade and to access markets more easily and over greater distances.
  • Access to a variety of cost-efficient financial services with low barriers to entry.
  • Enhanced enterprise identification and counterparty assessment.
  • Synergies with the development and diffusion of green businesses and technologies.
  • Examples of improving the overall digital economy through Innovation, building efficiency and creating sustainability in the Public & private sectors include


    We advise governments on addressing digital trade with how to implement programmes that will process digital and paper in parallel, making the transition to digital seamless for all parties involved in trade.


    In ‘How is Digital Trade Currently Governed’ Douglas Lippoldt recalls a 1998 OECD publication that “famously stated” that “Open Markets Matter.” He continues with an observation that remains a cornerstone of economic theory; “the historical record confirms the economics that have established liberal market access for trade and investment in the period since the Second World War have tended to grow more rapidly than those that remained relatively closed.”

    At GoGlobal, we believe the same. Yet today many are aware of how changing national priorities and unilateral trade policies threaten not only the balkanization of digital trade into competing power-blocs, but perhaps the existing post-war system of global trade itself.

    This is why we believe a new architecture for Electronic Trade documents is not only critical, but inevitable. The question remains what technologies will be used, and how states can cooperate to usher in this transformation. As the percentage of digitally delivered and digitally ordered trade rapidly increases, we are also working towards new modalities through which to measure and empower a borderless digital economy of billions of people.


    One of the building blocks of international trade, the tied-and-tested Certificate of Origin (CO) remains a great paper based technology.

    Digital can improve the CO; easier to issue, interoperable across jurisdictions, far harder to fake, with provenance of the document clearly visible on the blockchain. As such, a recognised regime in COs is a significant step towards protecting supply chains, speeding up global trade, and ensuring a harmonious rather than balkanized trading environment.

    We are working with global leaders at the UN, European Union, UK, UAE and well known universities to lobby and advocate for new solutions in global trade, with digital COs as a key pillar.


    Many consultancies now offer advisory in Artificial Intelligence. Government departments are evolving their sophistication in this area, often in partnership with the private sector. GoGlobal differentiates itself by adopting a deep global perspective, working with experts in key jurisdictions such as the UK, USA, UAE, Singapore and China.

    Our work focuses on the application of AI in government, enabling regulation and incentives for the private sector, defense and digital trade.


    Technologies such as AI are making fraudulent impersonation on the Internet widely available, while Quantum computing may compromise high-level encryption in the future. A new attack surface is emerging which is not well understood.

    Our work in cybersecurity engages diplomats, academia and large private sector cybersecurity firms in producing advisory, policy and technical reporting on the challenges ahead.

    PPP Public Private Partnership

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    Providing a holistic approach to plan and execute infrastructure projects in an efficient, effective, and sustainable manner.

    PPP Journey

    Intended for those who are involved in the development or implementation of PPP Frameworks, or the initiation and preparation of PPP projects, mostly public sector officials, practitioners and their advisors or consultants.

    PPP Or Not?

    Not all projects can or should be delivered under the PPP delivery model. Identifying this will require an understanding of the main elements of a PPP including:

  • Overview of PPP Process Cycle
  • What is and what is not PPP
  • Types of PPP and Terminology Issues
  • Where are PPPs used
  • Typical basic structure of a PPP Project
  • Motivations for using PPPs
  • How a PPP Project is Financed
  • Developing A PPP Project

    Project development requires the tools and skills necessary for structuring and drafting tender and contract documents, awarding a contract and developing an efficacious delivery strategy.

  • Initial Project Assessment
  • Corporate Structuring
  • Project Agreements
  • Financial Structuring
  • Pre-Bid Analysis
  • Bid Preparation
  • Implementing A PPP Project

    Project Agreements can be complex and very detailed. Without the proper knowledge and understanding of these contracts it can lead to disrupted relationships between parties and disputes throughout the term of the agreement.

    Project sponsors need to mitigate and overcome the problems associated with the implementation of Project Agreements to ensure success throughout the project lifecycle.

  • Project Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Contract Management
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Performance Management
  • Building Capacity Of The Project Team

    Providing general management and practicing professionals with an understanding of the strategic framework for the development and management of infrastructure projects over its lifecycle.

    1. Economic Planning

    Definition & General objectives

    2. Programme & Project Management


    Critical Path Planning

    Scope and scheduling

    Stakeholder Engagement

    3. Business Case Development

    Business Case Framework

    Strategic Investment Decision

    Outlining Options & Sourcing Route

    Demonstration of Value for Money

    Financing options/mechanisms

    4. Procurement Management

    Key Procurement Documentation

    Sourcing Documentation

    Procurement options


    5. Contract Management

    Key Contract Management considerations

    The Contract and The Contract Management Manual

    Formulate Administrative Processes

    Implement Information and Documentation Management systems

    6. Making Contracts Work

    Determine Types of Contracts and How They Should be Managed

    Establish Effective Contract Governance

    Relationship Management

    Importance of Stakeholder Management

    Transition Planning

    Procedures and obligations at Contract Term

    7. Risk Management

    Identifying the Risks

    Categorizing Risks

    Mitigating the Risks by Allocating or Transferring

    8. Performance Management

    Contract management and Evaluation model

    Link Performance and Payment Models

    Measure Short-Term, Medium Term and Long-Term Contracts

    9. Organizational Management

    Identification of Key Roles and Skills

    Governance and Conduct

    ESG Environmental Social Governance

    Strategy & Management

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    Corporates globally look for ways to attract international investors that impact sustainable growth potential. GoGlobal Trade will develop and assist ESG strategies that attract new investment and develop a programme that place corporates onto the ESG investment radar.

  • Greater capacity to attract more ESG investment
  • Enhance potential to increase Credit Ratings
  • Greater capacity to deliver Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Development of accurate and workable national ESG data
  • Enhance capacity to comply with international protocols
  • Greater capacity to align investor-supported ESG-based partnerships
  • Illustrating ways in which embracing ESG turbo-boosts a business and makes it more sustainable


    We help businesses align to net zero requirements by setting science-based targets and helping develop a net zero mindset for decisions.


    Through knowledge and networks, we identify and connect your company with people, communities, social, economic & civil issues in each location where your company has a presence.


    We ensure your employees are key to activating your ESG strategy, and that ESG is integrated into – and drives benefit – for hiring, retention and D&I.


    Our expertise & proprietary tool delivers a complete data set for tracking, monitoring, and reporting your carbon footprint. We assess Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions and prepare SECR, and other voluntary & mandatory reports.


    Through wide knowledge of social and environmental organisations we help you find the right nonprofit and innovation partners to co-deliver your ESG objectives.


    We ensure your ESG strategy engages and inspires all your stakeholders, from the boardroom to employees, from partners to the furthest reaches of your supply chain.


    Casting an ESG lens over your entire business can reveal areas where your product or service can benefit from alignment to your social or environmental strategy, and how you compare to key competitors.


    We can support your fulfilment of legally required reporting such as SECR and TCFD, and to voluntary reporting frameworks such as BCorps, SDGs, SASB or GRI. We can align your strategy to successfully tender for Social Value bids.


    We have expertise in developing short and long-term metrics to show progress against your ESG strategy and for inclusion in your Annual Report, for IPO preparation, or for internal & external communication.

    Procedure Reviews

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    GoGlobal Trade assist in reviews of International Trade policies in emerging markets where technology can also be a part of the solution for SMEs to excel in the Globalisation era.


    Each country has sets of regulations covering Product Standards, Safety, and Environmental impact. Navigating differences can be challenging for companies operating internationally.


    Compliance with Customs and Border regulations guide businesses. Efficient processing can reduce delays at borders, ensuring goods moving smoothly through the supply chain ensuring compliance, facilitating trade, and maintaining security.


    Countries impose tariffs and trade barriers, which affect the cost and availability of goods, leading to increased prices.


    Political events, economic downturns, and other geopolitical issues to minimize disruption.


    Ensuring are respected and protected across different jurisdictions is a complex issue in international trade.


    Predicting consumer demand is challenging in volatile markets. Supply chain management requiring planning, strategies, and adaptability to navigate complex and ever-changing challenges.


    Risk of cyber-attacks increases to minimize disruption to operations and supply chains.

    Joint actions with Government

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    ‘How It Is — How It Will Be’:

    GoGlobal Trade would assemble a dedicated team to drive initiatives, ensuring cross-functional expertise and buy-in from key stakeholders. A Task Force would use its knowledge and examples of best practice to consider how this might contribute to on-going efforts to promote inward investment in priority sectors.

    A deliverable would be to implement a gap analysis which would present a unique opportunity to contribute to successful results; an increase of local sourcing; long term business agreements and development support; enhancement of the business environment and development of support for local businesses and foreign direct investment; with focus on the development and employment of the national workforce with contribution dedicated to training and education programmes.

  • Development of Services Sector; Task Force to consider current challenges and forthcoming opportunities for the development of national Services sectors as part of a strategy to develop greater indigenous capability in the sector; these activities to include attracting cooperation agreements with technology transfer.
  • Development of Manufacturing Sector; Task Force to consider current challenges and forthcoming opportunities for the development of national Manufacturing industries as part of a strategy to develop greater indigenous capability in the sector.
  • Local content strategy & Implementation; Define programme to contribute to the growth of sustainable local supply chain capacity. A comprehensive view of demand and supply, and basis for scenario planning with localization and local content development initiatives to advance the outcomes of local content programmes.
  • Enterprise Development and Inward Investment Programme; Task Force to utilise the current work already initiated and to consider strategies to stimulate the Promotion, Growth and New Development of local companies with best practice examples to be reviewed.
  • FTA advisory, Digital economy, Single Trade window, Cost recovery mechanisms & Phytosanitary support; Trade requires a comprehensive, integrated, and inclusive framework. GoGlobal Trade supports clients in navigating the policy and negotiation landscape.
  • Industrial Capacity Register; as a source of reference to identify current and potential capacity in key sectors. Task Force to understand the on-going work of national agencies in this area and with reference to best industry practice consider how these efforts could be assisted.
  • Standards, Tendering Processes, Specification, Code of Practice, Health & Safety; Task Force to consider how harmonisation can be linked to a Code of Practice.
  • Training, Skills, Human Resource Development; Task Force to assemble available information on the programmes underway, develop a collective understanding and identify strategies to accelerate progress.
  • Research and Development; Task Force to make a strong connection to current national R&D programmes that are taking place and to identify additional opportunities in that effort.

  • Regions

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    Africa Anglophone

    Africa Arabic & Middle East

    America North & Anglo Caribbean

    Asia China

    Asia Pacific North

    Asia Pacific Oceania

    Asia Pacific South East

    Asia South & Eurasia

    Europe Eastern

    Europe Germanic

    Europe United Kingdom

    Europe Western