Members & Partners

ARTNeT is an open network of research and academic institutions with a strong interest in trade and investment policy and facilitation issues. Institutions involved in the network are classified as Institutional Members, Core Partners, and Associate Partners. Please consult the ARTNeT Membership Guidlines for more information.

Institutional Members

Australia

Focal point:
Mr. Jim Redden
Focal point:
Mr. Christopher Findlay
Focal point:
Mr. Ed Wilson

Bangladesh

Focal point:
Mr. Ali Ahmed
Year joined:
2013
Focal point:
Mr. Mohammad Yunus
Year joined:
2010
Focal point:
Mr. Md. Iqbal Khan Chowdhury
Year joined:
2011
Focal point:
Mr. Mustafizur Rahman
Year joined:
2005
Focal point:
Mr. Selim Raihan
Focal point:
Mr. Ashikur Rahman
Year joined:
2012

Cambodia

Focal point:
Mr. Chhem Rethy
Year joined:
2005

China

Focal point:
Mr. Mao Xianqiang
Year joined:
2016
Focal point:
Mr. Ramasamy Ambigaibalan
Year joined:
2007
Focal point:
Ms. Zhao Yumin
Year joined:
2005
Focal point:
Mr. Lei Zhang
Year joined:
2011
Focal point:
Ms. Tianlu Sun, Lucy
Year joined:
2017
Focal point:
Mr. Shunli Yao
Year joined:
2015

Fiji

Hong Kong, China

Focal point:
Mr. K.C. Fung
Year joined:
2006

India

Focal point:
Mr. Abhijit Das
Year joined:
2009
Focal point:
Mr. Ajitava Raychaudhuri
Year joined:
2007
Focal point:
Mr. Rajat Kathuria
Year joined:
2005
Focal point:
Ms. Rupa Chanda
Year joined:
2011
Focal point:
Mr. Prabir De
Year joined:
2005
Focal point:
Mr. Nitya Nanda
Year joined:
2005

Indonesia

Focal point:
Mr. Yose Rizal Damuri
Year joined:
2005

Islamic Republic of Iran

Kyrgyzstan

Lao People's Democractic Republic

Focal point:
Mr. Xaysomphet Norasingh
Year joined:
2005
Focal point:
Mr. Phouphet Kyophilavong

Malaysia

Focal point:
Mr. Andrew Kam Jia Yi
Year joined:
2007
Focal point:
Ms. Rokiah Alavi
Year joined:
2012

Mongolia

Mongolian Development Strategy Institute (MDSI)
Focal point:
Mr. Enkhbold Voroshilov
Year joined:
2014
Focal point:
Mr. Erdenetsogt Odbayar
Year joined:
2014

Myanmar

Focal point:
Ms. Ngu Wah Win
Year joined:
2016
Focal point:
Mr. Htein Lyn
Year joined:
2014
Focal point:
Ms.Zin Zin Naing
Year joined:
2015

Nepal

Institute for Development Policy Research (IDPR)
Focal point:
Mr. Dilli Raj Khanal
Year joined:
2013
Focal point:
Mr. Pushpa Raj Rajkarnikar
Year joined:
2006

New Zealand

Pakistan

Focal point:
Mr. Ejaz Ghani
Year joined:
2006
Focal point:
Mr. Atiq-ur-Rahman
Year joined:
2009
Focal point:
Mr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri
Year joined:
2014

Philippines

Focal point:
Mr. Francis Mark Quimba
Year joined:
2005
Focal point:
Ms. Loreli C. De Dios
Year joined:
2011
Focal point:
Mr. Tereso S. Tullao, Jr.
Year joined:
2006

Republic of Korea

Focal point:
Mr. Jin Kyo Suh
Year joined:
2005

Russian Federation

Focal point:
Mr. Izotov Dmitry Alexandrovich
Year joined:
2012

Singapore

Sri Lanka

Focal point:
Mr. Saman Kelegama
Year joined:
2005

Thailand

Focal point:
Mr. Santi Chaisrisawatsuk
Year joined:
2006
Focal point:
Mr. Punrop Rajapongsa
Focal point:
Mr. Somkiat Tangkitvanich
Year joined:
2005
Focal point:
Mr. Suphat Suphachalasai
Year joined:
2014
Focal point:
Mr. Somprawin Manprasert
Year joined:
2012
Focal point:
Mr.Wannaphong Durongkaveroj
Year joined:
2017

Viet Nam

Centre for Analysis and Forecasting
Focal point:
Mr. Nguyen Thang
Year joined:
2005
Focal point:
Mr. Vu Hoang Nam
Year joined:
2010

Total number of member is 60 *Members of ARTNeT Institutional Advisory Board (IAB)

Associate Partners

Focal point:
Mr. Arjun Goswami
Focal point:
Mr. Matthias Helble
Focal point:
Mr. Ignacio Bartesaghi
Focal point:
Mr. James Morison
Focal point:
Ms. Ursula Hermelink
Focal point:
Mr. Massimo Geloso Grosso
Focal point:
Mr. Jean-François Arvis

Core Partners

Focal point:
Mr. Bruno Videl
Focal point:
Mr. Robert Koopman
Focal point:
Ms. BYumiko Yamamoto

1 UNESCAP TIID serves as the ARTNeT Secretariat

Joining ARTNeT

Benefits of being an ARTNeT member include:

  • Improved regional dissemination of your own research to policy makers through ARTNeT website, UNESCAP publications, and ARTNeT meetings,
  • Networking with other trade researchers and institutions,
  • Enhanced opportunities to participate in ARTNeT research projects and projects from relevant international institutions, and
  • Opportunities to participate in technical training workshops for junior researchers and other capacity building activities

Types of Membership

Membership is categorized into three types:

  • Core Partners: ARTNeT core partners are governmental or intergovernmental institutions who provide significant and regular support to ARTNeT activities in the form of financial contributions, expertise and substantive inputs for research. ARTNeT core partners include the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Associate Partners: Associate partners are international or regional institutions and think tanks who participate in ARTNeT activities or collaborate with ARTNeT and its Secretariat e.g., for organization of capacity building activities or consultative policy meetings; joint research projects; sharing and cross - dissemination of research outputs. Associate partners may include governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations with recognized trade-related programmes. Associate partner institutions are not expected to apply for ARTNeT research grants.
  • Institutional Members: Institutional members are research institutions, think tanks or research-related government departments from the least developed, landlocked and low-income developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region, with an established record in high quality research but in need for capacity building and bridging the gap in communicating with policy makers. ARTNeT Institutional Members are national-level research and academic institutions involved in trade research and located in ESCAP member countries. Institutions who receive funding from ARTNeT directly or indirectly (e.g., if they receive a research grant, or if they receive financial support for participation in workshop or other ARTNeT activities) automatically become members for a period of one year. Individual researchers are invited to contribute to ARTNeT activities by submitting their research or taking part in other activities.

Application Requirements

Interested research institutions are invited to send a letter or email to the ARTNeT Secretariat (addressed to Dr. Mia Mikic, Chief, Trade Policy and Analysis Section, Trade and Investment Division, ESCAP) indicating their interest in becoming a member of the network, along with the following:

  • A half-page institutional profile, including a list of relevant staff;
  • A list of recent trade or investment related research (past 2 years or more);
  • A copy of the institution most recent trade-related research study or a short-term research proposal on a topic consistent with the ARTNeT research programme, and;
  • Name and contact information of the person from your institution (typically at senior researcher or manager level) who will be the contact person/focal point for ARTNeT.

Application Review

Each application will be reviewed by the ARTNeT Secretariat and its Institutional Advisory Board within three weeks of receipt of the documents for approval. Once the membership application has been approved, the institution will automatically be granted ARTNeT membership when either of the two actions are completed:

  • The research institution participates in its first ARTNeT activity/event or contributes its first paper/study or;
  • The research institution contributes a significant input on trade research or capacity building

Important Note: Research institutions from developed and/ or developing countries are strongly encouraged to obtain membership by participating in calls for short-term research proposals and call for papers that are issued on an ongoing basis. Individual researchers can also apply for research grants, although priority is accorded to those affiliated with institutional members of ARTNeT.

There are no restrictions in the number of ARTNeT members per country.

Maintaining Membership

To maintain their membership, all institutional members have to participate in at least one ARTNeT activity/event annually or contribute at least one paper/study/ other significant and relevant input on trade research to the ARTNeT research and capacity building programme every 12 months. All ARTNeT Members are required to provide a link to the ARTNeT website from their institutional website.