SIA study: team and topics

The Team

The Trade Policy Hub at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is leading the team for this Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) study. The other team partners are:

Andreas Freytag

Andreas Freytag

Team Lead

Dr Andreas Freytag is Professor of Economics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and Honorary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch. He is also Director of Tutwa Europe and Senior Associate at LSE Consulting’s Trade Policy Hub. He has published a number of books and articles on economic policy, international trade policy, development economics and international policy coordination.

Elitsa Garnizova

Elitsa Garnizova

Project Manager

Dr Elitsa Garnizova is a Senior Project Manager and Researcher at LSE Consulting and leads LSE Consulting’s Trade Policy Hub. She has more than 7 years of experience with European Commission and other government projects in the area of trade and investment. She specialises in non-tariff measures, regulatory issues, free trade agreements, and sustainability issues.

Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Quality Assurance Manager

Mark Pearson is a development economist who lives in Africa, where for over 35 years he has worked as a consultant to African governments, regional economic organisations, donor organisations and the private sector, mainly in the Eastern and Southern Africa region.

Catherine Grant Makokera

Catherine Grant Makokera

Senior Expert on Stakeholder Consultation

Catherine is a Director of Tutwa Consulting Group. She was a trade negotiator for the Government of New Zealand for 10 years before she settled in South Africa. Catherine has extensive experience in the design and delivery of stakeholder consultative processes.

Tony Zamparutti

Tony Zamparutti

Coordinator for the sustainability assessment

Tony Zamparutti is a principal policy advisor at Milieu, with over 25 years’ experience in environmental policy and economic analysis, including on the links between environment, sustainable development, trade and international investment.

Matthias Bauer Senior Expert on Economic Analysis
Philipp Lamprecht Senior Expert on Economic Analysis
Grazia Alessandra Siino Senior Expert on Human Rights
Elena Fries-Tersch Senior Expert on Social Analysis
Valentina Cilli Senior Expert on Environmental Analysis
Mwansa James Musonda Senior Expert on Development Cooperation
Dorah Marema Senior Expert on Gender Analysis
Virginie Rouas Senior Expert on CSR
Matthew Jones Expert on Environmental Analysis
Africa Kiiza Stakeholder Consultation Partner (Madagascar, Mauritius, and Zimbabwe)
Jane S. Nalunga Stakeholder Consultation Partner (Madagascar, Mauritius, and Zimbabwe)
Hugh Douton Stakeholder Consultation Partner (Comoros)
Faith Lumonya Stakeholder Consultations Partner (Madagascar, Mauritius, and Zimbabwe)
Zuzanna Jedrychowski Junior Expert on Human Rights
Lucille Labayle Junior Expert on Environmental Analysis
Marit de Bruijne Senior Expert on Communications
Daniela Baeza Breinbauer Junior Expert on Stakeholder Consultation Implementation


The Study

The study will include a brief evaluation of the current, interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), plus a full SIA study for the deeper EPA.

Key topics will include:

  • Trade in Goods
  • Trade in Services, Digital Trade and Investment
  • Trade and Sustainable Development
  • Public procurement and competition
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Dispute avoidance and settlement and institutional structure
  • Development Cooperation

Across all these topics, the SIA will provide:

  • Economic analysis
  • Social analysis, as EU trade policy has become one of the main pillars of the EU’s external action to promote ILO standards
  • An assessment of human rights implications
  • Environmental analysis

This SIA

The Trade Policy Hub at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is leading a team of experts commissioned by the EU, helping the parties assess the potential economic, environmental, social, and human rights impacts of a deeper EPA with the ESA countries.