ABOUT US

EMILY REES

Founder and Managing Director

Emily Rees is an international trade policy expert and founder of Trade Strategies. An economist by training, Ms Rees’ expertise lies at the intersection of trade, agriculture and climate change. Her areas of interest include sanitary and phytosanitary measures and ’new generation’ trade issues including environmental food standards, animal welfare, and values in trade policy.

A Franco-British national, Emily comes from an extensive career in EU affairs, trade policy and economic diplomacy, having served as Deputy Trade Attaché of France in Brasília and having led Brazil’s trade and investment agency relations with the European Union.
Emily is also a Senior Fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels, where she leads the EU-Mercosur project, a comprehensive programme to bridge trade relations between Europe and Latin America.

A regular guest lecturer in trade, diplomacy and the European Union, her analyses are regularly featured in international media, including BBC World Service, Financial Times, Politico, The Economist, Sky News, Estado de São Paulo and Valor Econômico.

EMILY REES

Founder and Managing Director

Emily Rees is an international trade policy expert and founder of Trade Strategies. An economist by training, Ms Rees’ expertise lies at the intersection of trade, agriculture and climate change. Her areas of interest include sanitary and phytosanitary measures and ’new generation’ trade issues including environmental food standards, animal welfare, and values in trade policy.

A Franco-British national, Emily comes from an extensive career in EU affairs, trade policy and economic diplomacy, having served as Deputy Trade Attaché of France in Brasília and having led Brazil’s trade and investment agency relations with the European Union.
Emily is also a Senior Fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels, where she leads the EU-Mercosur project, a comprehensive programme to bridge trade relations between Europe and Latin America.

A regular guest lecturer in trade, diplomacy and the European Union, her analyses are regularly featured in international media, including BBC World Service, Financial Times, Politico, The Economist, Sky News, Estado de São Paulo and Valor Econômico.

MARILIA BORGES

Trade Policy Analyst

Marilia is a trade lawyer providing analysis on a wide range of matters relating to WTO law, particularly sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade. She also specialises in EU policy and regulations with a focus on food, standards and environmental protection.

Prior to joining Trade Strategies in November 2020, Marilia gained experience in trade remedies and the Mercosur customs union for Brazilian law firm Grinberg Cordovil. She trained in WTO jurisprudence with the Dispute Settlement Unit of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Marilia gained expertise in EU trade policy as a trainee at the Delegation of the European Union to Brazil.

Marilia gained her Masters’ degree in international trade and investment law from the University of Amsterdam. She also has a post-graduate specialisation in International Relations from the University of Brasília.

MARILIA BORGES

Trade Policy Analyst

Marilia is a trade lawyer providing analysis on a wide range of matters relating to WTO law, particularly sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade. She also specialises in EU policy and regulations with a focus on food, standards and environmental protection.

Prior to joining Trade Strategies in November 2020, Marilia gained experience in trade remedies and the Mercosur customs union for Brazilian law firm Grinberg Cordovil. She trained in WTO jurisprudence with the Dispute Settlement Unit of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Marilia gained expertise in EU trade policy as a trainee at the Delegation of the European Union to Brazil.

Marilia gained her Masters’ degree in international trade and investment law from the University of Amsterdam. She also has a post-graduate specialisation in International Relations from the University of Brasília.

DAVID HENIG

Senior Advisor

David is one of the UK’s leading trade policy experts, and since March 2018 has directed the UK Trade Policy Project at the think tank ECIPE (European Centre for the International Political Economy), having previously co-founded the UK Trade Forum to bring together UK experts in the field.

Prior to joining he worked for the UK Government for a number of years, having deep involvement in the EU-US TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations prior to helping establish the UK’s Department of International Trade, and leading early engagements on the impact of UK trading arrangements with the rest of the world. He also worked on UK inward investment policy and coordinated engagement at the OECD.

A graduate of Oxford University, he started his career with a number of years as a Business Consultant in a number of sectors.

DAVID HENIG

Senior Advisor

David is one of the UK’s leading trade policy experts, and since March 2018 has directed the UK Trade Policy Project at the think tank ECIPE (European Centre for the International Political Economy), having previously co-founded the UK Trade Forum to bring together UK experts in the field.

Prior to joining he worked for the UK Government for a number of years, having deep involvement in the EU-US TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations prior to helping establish the UK’s Department of International Trade, and leading early engagements on the impact of UK trading arrangements with the rest of the world. He also worked on UK inward investment policy and coordinated engagement at the OECD.

A graduate of Oxford University, he started his career with a number of years as a Business Consultant in a number of sectors.