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Martin Albani, Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.)
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Trade related international development.
Private sector focus on developing sustainable & investible business.

  • Forty years of practice and experience in enterprise management, entrepreneurship, private sector consulting, and international development in Asia and Africa.
  • Key competence in business development from company start-up to corporate management, holistic development of sustainable value added supply chains, trade & export promotion, raising competitiveness and capacity building of private and public sector entities.
  • Sector knowledge covering a wide range from agriculture to industrial and consumer products.
  • Project specific expertise in biodiversity, business resilience, economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, gender, inclusion, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.

University and continued education

  • Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (Dr. rer. nat. - Ph.D. in Natural Sciences/Biochemistry), Diploma in Chemistry (Dipl. Chem.)
  • INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (post-graduate Business Management course)
  • Management Centre Europe, in Brussels, Belgium, and in London, UK (Business Administration courses)
  • Continued studies of economic development, entrepreneurship, environmental sciences, social psychology, sustainability, digital marketing, and other fields via
    edX networked universities

Professional Affiliations

  • Past President, Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok
  • Past Vice President Board of Trade of Thailand
  • Past Executive Director, European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
  • Past Joint Investment Committee Thailand-EEC
  • INSEAD Alumni Association


  • English, fluent, and German (native)
  • Working knowledge of French
  • Basic Italian and Thai


  • German, permanent resident of Thailand


Senior Technical Advisor on trade promotion & export development with forty years of professional management and business development experience in Southeast Asia - as corporate executive, as entrepreneur, and as international consultant in the private sector and then in technical assistance 'aid through trade' projects for international development.

From 2011 to 2022, as a consultant with the International Finance Corporation (IFC/WGB) across the Mekong region, providing technical advisory services on the development of sustainable, market driven, and  investible supply chains and the export promotion of valued agricultural commodities and specialties.

Since 2001, as an independent International Consultant for the EU and for UN organisations on private sector development across Asia and in Africa, gaining expertise in developing and implementing export strategies and capacity building of stakeholders in various industries.

Trade related socio-economic development experience includes biodiversity preservation, gender (economic empowerment), nutrition, poverty reduction, and environmental sustainability.

Socio-economic development through empowerment (the combination of freedom, opportunity and capacity to take strategic life decisions).

Familiar with the development needs and challenges of public and private sector agencies and enterprises, as well as with the interests & concerns of donors and project implementing partners.

Previously, managed businesses in the healthcare industry in senior executive positions, first in Germany, and since 1984 in Asia. Concomitantly, served as Director and President of Chambers of Commerce and as a Vice President of Thailand’s Board of Trade.

Fluent in German, English, with working knowledge of French, Italian and basic Thai.
Ph.D. in natural sciences, and continued education in business, digital marketing, environmental sciences, social psychology, and Global Value Chains.

Specific expertise/skills:

  • General management, project management & team leadership;
  • Trade related technical assistance in international development with a focus on analysing and improving sectoral value chains;
  • Trade promotion & export development (goods and services); 
  • National & sectoral export development strategies;
  • Sector knowledge includes rice, bamboo, coconut, NTFP, handicrafts, and various non-agricultural industry sectors
  • Capacity building of SMEs and business support organisations;
  • Pro poor and gender main-streaming socioeconomic development;
  • Sustainable systems
  • Results driven: 'making things happen'.

Awards and achievements:
Outstanding success in project implementation in Vietnam has been recognised, i.a., through a number of certificates of acknowledgment and appreciation by the Ministry of Trade, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the People's Committee of Binh Dinh province.

Export Development & Promotion of the Cambodian Rice Sector contributed to Cambodia winning three years in a row the World's Best Rice award and near exponential growth in export sales and profitability.

Career Level:

Job Functions:
  • Project implementation
  • Team leading
  • Provision of technical advice
  • Business Management
  • Recruitment
  • New business ventures

Regional Experience
  • Africa
  • Asia, Eastern
  • Asia, South-Eastern
  • Asia, Southern
  • Asia, Mekong countries
  • Europe, Western
  • Europe, Southern

Available Start Date:
upon request

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Employers/Clients of TA Development Projects

Select assignments:
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank Group: Across Mekong Region countries, advisory services for the development of market driven investible supply chains in protein and high value crop agriculture; upgrading to global standards of product specifications, quality assurance, food safety, sustainable farming & production (e.g. SAI, SRP), export promotion to access international markets. 
  • WFP, World Food Programme: Rice Landscape Analysis of Bhutan, Laos, Nepal and Sri Lanka to decide on commencing or scaling up of rice fortification (2015/16)
  • ITC, International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO: Terms of Reference for the setting up and running a European Business Information Centre (Zim-EBIC) and launch of two operations in Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. (2014 & 2015)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank, Cambodia Rice Sector Support Project (RSSP) - sector transformation; export promotion, export marketing capacity building of SMEs, branding of Cambodian premium Jasmine rice. (2011-2016)
  • UN Women, Bangkok: Transition phase management of the Mekong Results Based Initiative. (2011)
  • Prosperity Initiative CIC for UNIFEM (now UN Women), ICRW and World Bank:
    - Improving Bamboo Handicraft Value Chains for Women's Economic Empowerment in Lao PDR and Cambodia. A Results Based Initiative (RBI). (2009-2010)
    - Multi-sector strategy development and implementation programme (large scale sustainable rural poverty eradication in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR) (2008/09)
  • ITC, International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO: Launching mission for the development of Mongolia's comprehensive National Export Strategy, Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2008).
  • UNDP, Hanoi: Formulation Mission - Capacity building project for the formulation of a comprehensive strategy for the development of Vietnam's services sector until 2020. (2007)
  • UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development): Concept Paper for a four-year BioTrade Facilitation project in Vietnam (2006)
  • Asia Trust Fund (ATF) under International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO: Workshop in Pyongyang, DPR-Korea, Generation of training material and manual: Capacity Building for 'Access to Export Markets - International Trade and Trade Pacts' (2006).
  • ITC, International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO: Developing a National Export Development Strategy, six sectoral export development strategies and relevant capacity building interventions in 'Support to Trade Promotion and Export Development' of Vietnam for the Ministry of Trade of Vietnam (2004-2006).
  • EC, European Commission (EC-RELEX/EuropeAid): Setting up and running the European Business Information Center (EBIC) in Vietnam with offices in HCMC and Hanoi with support to the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (2001-2003).
Private Sector Clients
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Contact Me

Address: 4/11 Samakee Road
Soi Nichada Thani
Bangtalad, Pak Kret
Nonthaburi 11120
Country: Thailand
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