Who we are

Insight Associates are Economists, Lawyers & Policy Advisors

We advocate for justice (social justice, economic justice, trade justice, development justice, climate justice...) and have engaged over 1,200 associates since 1996 on projects all around the world.


Teresa Thorp


Teresa’s professional career spans 25 years in telecommunications, international trade, investment, environment and sustainable development. She has held a number of executive roles (Strategy Development, Vodafone; Head of Global Programmes, British Telecom; and International Vice President and Worldwide General Manager, Unisys). She advises clients on competition policy and telecommunications, international trade, investment law, regional economic integration, environmental law and policy and human rights.

Teresa's assignments have taken her to North and South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa (Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda). From mid 2009 – early 2010, she was a trade negotiator and advisor to the East African Community (EAC) and a number of small island developing states (Mauritius, Seychelles and Tonga). From mid-2008 - mid 2009, she was Services and Investment Legal Advisor to the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional economic community that groups 15 Member States of Southern Africa. While with SADC, Teresa facilitated trade and investment negotiations intra and inter-SADC for Technical Working Groups, Senior Officials and Ministers.  She drafted services and investment negotiating modalities and legal opinions and delivered instructional training on investment, trade law and services regulation. Teresa was an Associate in International Economic Law with Bizclim (the ACP/EC private sector facility) during its three-year lifespan. She continues to practice international trade and investment law through Insight International and regularly advises governments, Law Commissions and Attorney General Offices on WTO Covered Agreements, WTO Accession and WTO Trade Policy Reviews.

Teresa has been working on a project concerning human dignity, human rights and human security for future generations since 2008. A large part of this work focuses on disaster response law and international climate law.

She holds tertiary qualifications in Commerce (BCM and MBA); Economics (PG Dip) and Law (LLB (Hons), LPC, LLM, DEA). She is conversant in French and a member of Amnesty; the British Institute of International and Comparative Law; Canning House (UK Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Society); Institut Français; Institute of Directors (UK); Transparency International; International Bar Association; International Law Association; and the Society of International Economic Law.

John Crook

Senior Advisor

John is a senior advisor and associate of Insight International with wide responsibility for leadership of the work. He has extensive experience in advising telecommunication companies on business turnarounds, business strategy, privatisation, preparation for market reforms and introduction of competition. He has also advised governments on telecommunication policy, market reforms, regulation/deregulation and privatisation/sale of assets.

John has 32 years experience as an executive and Board member in telecommunications, air traffic control and meteorological services. His experience spans senior-level roles in engineering, business management, strategy development and public policy. He contributed actively to New Zealand's pioneering reforms in telecommunications and other high-technology fields, including the privatization of Telecom New Zealand and the transition to full competition in telecommunications.

John has held various Board roles with public-service agencies and businesses in New Zealand, including Deputy Chairman of Airways Corporation and Deputy Chairman of Standards New Zealand. John is currently Chairman of Met Service, New Zealand's national weather service, one of the first to be run on a fully-commercial basis.

John holds Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) and Public Policy (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). He is also a Member of the Institute of Professional Engineers, New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors.