Apart from Active Member of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), Mehmet Arda is an active member of the Global Relations Forum (GIF) and Economic Research Centre (GIAM) of Galatasaray University. Until his retirement in mid-2013 he was Professor of International Relations and Economics at Galatasaray University. Before returning to Turkey in 2007, he was the Head of the Commodities Branch of UNCTAD, in Geneva, where he worked for 25 years. He has been an occasional advisor to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and consultant to the United Nations. He is one of the founders of SenDeGel, a Turkish civil society organization assisting Least Developed Countries. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley. His interest in commodity issues continues but his current research focuses on the governance of globalization; the process of development in a globalized world; multilateral and regional trade agreements; Least Developed Countries; South-South economic relations and the political economy of emerging powers; international value chains; natural resource management.