Ashish Shah

Board Member, ITC

Dr Ashish Shah has been working at ITC for 16 years in different capacities and currently serves as Director, Division of Country Programmes. He previously held the post of Acting Deputy Executive Director. He has also spent several years in the Office for Africa and the Office of the Executive Director, where he was Head of Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. Prior to joining ITC, he worked first at the International Labour Office in Geneva and then at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.


Dr Shah is member of the EIF Board, to which he brings more than 20 years of international and United Nations experience in the field of trade promotion and development. His experience in providing strategic advice on trade development issues and engaging in high-level policy dialogues with stakeholders in Africa, Asia and the Arab region has been put at the service of the LDCs to develop and diversify their export bases.


Dr Shah leads a team of over 70 staff at ITC, with the majority of them being dedicated to assist the LDCs in strategic planning, project design and management, capacity‑building and resource mobilization. This has allowed ITC to prioritize its cooperation with the LDCs, namely under the EIF framework.


Dr Shah holds a Master degree in cooperative economics and a PhD in economics from Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.