The team is lead by Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, who has extensive experience in the field of trade policy and has an unparalleled understanding of EU – Japan trade relations and the specifics of the EU – Japan negotiations.
Strong Core Team
The Team Leader will work closely with the International Trade Policy Unit at the LSE under the direction of Dr Stephen Woolcock and will be supported by the ITPU and the research resources at it disposal. Researchers associated with the ITPU have extensive expertise in all aspects of trade policy, including, in particular, all aspects of comprehensive preferential trade agreements and EU trade. The ITPU can also draw on a wide network of researchers throughout the EU and internationally.
The team will be supported by Elitsa Garnizova from LSE Enterprise. She will take the role of Project Manager and ensure the quality and timeliness of research work. She will also act as a point of contact for the European Commission.
Diverse Expert Team
Each work package will be implemented by researchers who have sound knowledge of the field they have been assigned to. The enlarged team will be composed almost entirely by full-time members of staff or associates to LSEE and CASE to maximise the team members’ commitment towards high quality standards. The team covers all thematic and skill areas required by the ToR, as well as bringing substantial experience on Japan and individual sectors.
Extensive Knowledge and Network beyond the Team
The team has substantial experience in research and consultancy work. They have extensive knowledge of domestic systems. The extensive network, across the EU and beyond, at disposal of the team ensures unparalleled and quick access to the required expertise when the European Commission chooses the additional sectors to be reviewed during the inception phase. The network that LSEE and CASE can draw upon ensure that changes in the project implementation can be performed without leading to any disruption in the project timeline and not compromising business continuity. The network of contacts which the individual experts bring will also be essential for conducting deep and wide stakeholder consultation with representatives from national, regional and international organisations.