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The authors of Trading Nation are former senior staff in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Mike Adams has extensive experience on trade-related aspects of e-commerce, free trade agreements, climate change and agricultural protectionism. Mike was Australia’s economic counsellor in Beijing from 2000 to 2004 and commercial counsellor in Wellington from 1989 to 1992. He holds a PhD in economic history from the University of Hull.

Nicolas Brown headed DFAT’s branch responsible for analysis and strategic advice about trade and economic issues for five years to 2008. He headed the Canada and Latin America Branch over 2009 and 2010 and was Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2000 to 2003. Nic joined DFAT in 1996 from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and worked in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the early part of his career. He holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.

Ron Wickes was Director of the Trade Analysis Section of DFAT from 1999 until 2008. Before that, he worked in the APEC Branch and in the East Asia Analytical Unit. Ron has a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University and a graduate qualification in econometrics from the University of New England. In 2005, he was awarded a Public Service Medal for his contribution to trade policy.

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