Yulia Lukasheva Melara

International Program Specialist

Yulia Lukasheva Melara is an International Program Specialist with the Commercial Law Development (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Melara works primarily on programs in Central Asia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan.
Prior to joining CLDP, Ms. Melara worked for various international development organizations, such as USAID funded contractors, international NGOs and lately with U.S. Embassies in Honduras and Belize. As a Program Specialist for USAID’s Global Training for Development Project implemented by the Academy for Educational Development, she supported USAID-funded short-term training programs providing technical assistance to government officials in Kyrgyzstan. She also worked with the American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study implementing higher education exchange programs in Kyrgyzstan, and a British NGO Everychild managing a project for children and families at risk, funded by Norwegian donors. Ms. Melara received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in Journalism from the American University in Central Asia and spent one year as an exchange student at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Ms. Melara is originally from Kyrgyzstan, speaks fluent Russian and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Upcoming Programs

October 15, 2017 - October 20, 2017

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Ministry of Agriculture, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the GPA Committee Meeting on October 16-20, 2017, at WTO Secretariat, Geneva. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials. They attended the GPA Committee meeting and participated in bilateral negotiations with the U.S. and other delegations.

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

CLDP in Action

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017

CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations to assist in developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia and benefit domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

Read More about CLDP Hosts Consultations for Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on Standards in Washington D.C.