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Martin Albani, Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.)
ma portrait International Consultant
Business Development, Trade & Export Promotion
- Thirty (30+) years hands-on professional management experience in Asia & Africa.
- Technical assistance for socio-economic development.
- Capacity Building of relevant public and private sector entities.
- Inclusive Sector Development through enhancing competitiveness and empowerment of value chain actors and stakeholders.

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)
  • Ongoing studies of current affairs in economic development, entrepreneurship, environment, social psychology 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
  • Joint Investment Committee Thailand-EEC
  • INSEAD Alumni Association


  • English and German (native)
  • working knowledge of French
  • understanding of Italian and Thai


  • German
  • Resident of Thailand


Senior Technical Adviser on trade promotion & export development with 30 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.

Engaged in sector development with focus on securing income opportunities for rural poor and vulnerable households through generating and leveraging private sector investment in value added market chains. Interested in inclusive socio-economic development through empowerment (the combination of freedom, opportunity and capacity to take strategic life decisions).

Since 2001, project management and team leading for the EU, for UN agencies and the IFC/World Bank in trade related capacity building of public & private sector entities mainly but not exclusively in Mekong Region countries. 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. 

Fluent in English & German with working knowledge of French, Italian and Thai. German national, resident of Thailand.

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: bamboo, coconut, NTFP, handicrafts, rice; Various non-agricultural industry sectors
  • Capacity building of SMEs and business support organisations;
  • Pro poor and gender main-streaming socioeconomic development;
  • Tenacious results orientation: '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:
  • 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
Phone: +66 81 649 1182

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