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.


Kati Suominen

Founder and CEO, TradeUp Capital Fund and Nextrade Group, LLC
Regional Trade Agreements - Contributing Author
Global Value Chains - Contributing Author

Founder and CEO, TradeUp Capital Fund and Nextrade Group, LLC; Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management. Deep expertise in international trade, private sector development, economics, and finance. Former: Resident Fellow in the Economics Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States; International Trade Economist, Inter-American Development Bank; Advisor, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Has authored over 80 articles, published 9 books on trade and economics, spoken in over 20 countries, lectured in several leading universities, and provided commentary in such media as Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BBC, and CNN. Honors: life member, Council on Foreign Relations; American Assembly’s Next Generation Fellow year 2010; member, Women in International Trade; and member, 2012 cohort of Astia. MBA, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; PhD in Political Economy and International Affairs, University of California, San Diego; MA in International Relations, Boston University.


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