E15 Experts are leading thinkers and practitioners from developed and developing countries reflecting a wide range of perspectives on trade and sustainable development. The experts’ participation in any E15 activity is on a personal basis and does not represent an official commitment of the organisations they are affiliated with.


Merit Janow

Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Digital Economy - Theme Leader

JD, Columbia University. Dean, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University; Professor of Practice, SIPA; Affiliated faculty, Columbia Law School; Co-Director of the APEC Study Center and Chair of the Faculty Oversight Committee of Columbia’s Global Center East Asia. Internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment, with life-long involvement with Asia. Former: Chair, Columbia University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing; Member (first female), WTO Appellate Body; Executive Director of the first international antitrust advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Justice; Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China. On the Board of Directors of several corporations and not for profit organizations. Has written several books, numerous articles and frequently speaks before business, policy, and academic audiences around the world.