Tom has over 20 years experience of technical co-operation and project management in a wide range of sectors. Between 1993 and 2001, Tom worked for the UK Department for International Development in London and overseas. Between 1999 and 2001, he was chief technical adviser for DFID’s trade related assistance programmes and served as a Special Adviser to OECD-DAC on guidelines for trade capacity development 2000-2001. In consultancy practice since 2002, he has undertaken assignments for DFID, the World Bank, the European Commission, DANIDA, USAID, AusAid, ITC, WIPO, the European Patent Office, the UK IP Office, the Swiss IP Institute, ICTSD and UNCTAD. Tom is widely respected as an authority in the fields of Aid for Trade and IP related technical assistance and capacity building for developing countries. In 2007-8, he devised and authored UK DFID’s global Aid for Trade Strategy 2008-13 and subsequently designed a series of flagship regional Aid for Trade programmes in East, Southern and West Africa between May 2008 and October 2009. He currently leads DFID’s global Trade Advocacy Fund and West Africa Regional Policy Facility programmes.
Tom was formerly Deputy Head of the Secretariat for the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, where he focused on copyright and IPR administration/enforcement issues in developing countries and has directed more than 15 IPR technical assistance projects and provided advisory services on all aspects of IPR reform and modernisation in Uganda, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Philippines, Mauritius and the Pacific islands. Tom directed the IPRTA Forum initiative established by DFID between 2006 and 2010 and works regularly with the WIPO and the WTO on intellectual property issues for developing countries.