The ITFC’s experts leverage profound knowledge and skills to facilitate trade and investment projects involving Ukraine or Ukrainian businesses. The ITFC’s expert pool includes individual experts who have built strong professional profiles in Ukraine, the EU, and the US. The ITFC also partners with the leading international organizations in London, Brussels, Geneva, Washington DC, and other business centers globally.
Our experts' core focus areas are economic governance, the WTO and preferential trade agreements (FTAs), trade in services, public procurement, export facilitation, trade remedies, trade and commodity finance, agriculture, energy, innovation, and IP.
Dr. Pietro Poretti
An independent consultant, Pietro primarily focus on international trade and investment law and policy, negotiations and treaty drafting.
Pietro served as senior legal officer of the European Free Trade Association, where he assisted EFTA Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) in exploring, negotiating and upgrading free trade agreements and declarations on co-operation that EFTA has established with over 40 non-EU countries worldwide. Before joining EFTA, he was active as counsel for a Geneva-based law firm, advising private and sovereign entities on international trade and investment issues, in particular in the areas of energy and logistic services.
He holds a PhD from the World Trade Institute (Bern), and a MAS in oil and gas from the Graduate Institute (Geneva) and the French Institute of Petroleum (Paris). He studied law at the University of Fribourg and at the Europa Institut (Saarbruecken, Germany), and was a fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.).
Pietro regularly appears as speaker and lecturer on international economic law and natural resources law and management, good governance and transparency. He has published extensively on the same topics. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Areas of expertise: Export Promotion, Exploration of New Markets, Preferential Trade Agreements, Free Trade Agreements, Ukraine-EU DC FTA, Oil and Gas, Transport and Infrastructure.
Dr. Edwini Kwame Kessie
Edwini Kessie has a Doctorate Degree in Law from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and Masters' Degrees in Law from the University of Toronto, Canada and the University of Brussels, Belgium and a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the University of Ghana. He is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Courts of England & Wales, New South Wales, Australia and Ghana. He has practiced Corporate and Commercial Law in Sydney, Australia and International Trade Law and European Community Law in Brussels, Belgium.
Dr. Kessie is on leave from the World Trade Organization, where he worked for over 18 years in different Divisions, including the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division. He is currently the Chief Trade Adviser of the Pacific Island Countries and Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser located in Port Vila, Vanuatu. In this capacity, he provides technical advice on a broad range of trade and investment issues to the Pacific Island countries and support them in the PACER Plus negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Kessie is also a lecturer in international trade law at the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland, the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Universities of Pretoria and Western Cape in South Africa. He has also lectured on international trade issues at several universities, including Columbia University, New York, London School of Economics, United Kingdom, University of Technology, Sydney and the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Kessie has participated in many international conferences on international trade and written a number of articles on international trade issues. His principal areas of interest are regional integration, trade and development and dispute settlement.
Dr. Andrii Omelchenko
Professor and Chair of Civil and Labour Law Department of Kyiv National Economic University, Andrii did a lot of extensive research on external foreign economic policy and investment climate. He is the author of monographs on “Legal Regulation of Foreign Investment in Ukraine” and “Administrative and Legal Foundations of Foreign Economic Activity in Ukraine”, as well as textbooks on “Investment Law in Ukraine”, “Law in the European Union” and “Commercial Law”.
Apart from profound academic records, Andrii has solid experience while working for the Ukrainian Government as Deputy Chairman of State Committee of Communications and Informatisation of Ukraine and researching legal aspects of foreign economic policy and investments within the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.