Jon Walden is Principal Consultant in Customs and Trade Facilitation with over 35 years’ experience in international trade practice including customs and compliance, sales, contracting, freight forwarding, marketing, finance, insurance and export competitiveness.
Jon provides technical consultancy, training inputs and advisory services in international trade disciplines. He is a trainer to the public sector, trade associations and private companies (multi-nationals and SMEs) and considered a thought leader in global customs, export competitiveness, international transport, trade finance, logistics, procedures and trade facilitation issues. Jon sits on the Roster of Experts for UNCEFACT, ICC and UNCTAD. He is a regular speaker at high-profile international conferences including the WCO AEO Conference, Cranfield Agile Club, Africa Cashew Alliance and Intermodal Africa and was guest speaker at the Zimtrade export competitiveness conference in Harare. He has also developed and delivered a series of programmes for the EBRD aimed at SME exporter’s capacity enhancement in Europe, Middle East and Central Asia, so far delivered in 13 countries.
Jon is a Fellow, tutor and examiner for the Institute of Export and International Trade and Fellow of the Institute of Freight Professionals. He contributed to the Incoterms 2020 review process and is an ICC accredited Incoterms 2020 trainer. His international experiences includes over 45 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia, South East Asia, West / East and Southern Africa. He has delivered trade related programmes for the EU, DFID / FCDO, EBRD, USAID, Commonwealth Secretariat, AsDB, AfDB, CDB, JICA and UNCTAD.
Jon is experienced in project delivery in post-conflict regions, stabilisation operations and humanitarian engagement, most recently in Iraq and Sierra Leone.
He was awarded MBE (Military Division) in 2005.