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Digital trade

Open digital trade and cross-border data flows create opportunities for more inclusive growth, particularly in emerging markets. But the rise of 'data sovereignty' is threating to fragment the global digital economy and limit the potential of new technologies. Explore our topical research, which includes a series of in-depth reports, essays, and infographic with a particular focus on data governance and trade facilitation.

Our digital trade experts & contributors

Get access to proven experience and fresh thinking in cross-border trade, policy and business. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines and sectors, our experts offer valuable views and opinions on achieving sustainable global trade.

Patrick Low

Senior Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Stephen Olson

Former Senior Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

Sustainable trade
Trade negotiations
Free trade agreements
Tariffs & non-tariff barriers

Deborah Elms

Head of Trade Policy, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

Trade policy
Free trade agreements
Intellectual property rights
Digital trade
Trade and climate
Trade facilitation
Supply chains
Goods, services, customs, investments, MSMEs

Joshua P. Meltzer

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Areas of expertise

Digital trade
Technology and trade
US-China trade

Holly Smith


Areas of expertise

US-China trade

Tom James

CEO, CIO, and Co-Founder of TradeFlow Capital Management

Joseph Whitlock

Executive Director, Global Data Alliance

Kati Suominen

Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation and Founder and CEO, Nextrade Group

Areas of expertise

Digital trade
Trade and technology
Sustainable trade
Trade facilitation

Sam Lowe

Partner, Flint Global | Author, 'Most Favoured Nation'

Stephanie Honey

Director, Honey Consulting

Andrew Balgarnie

Chief Strategy Officer, TradeWindow

Neha Mishra

Assistant Professor, Geneva Graduate Institute

Christopher Clague

Writer and adviser on trade, globalization, and geopolitics

Milton L. Mueller

Professor and Program Director, School of Public Policy and School of Cybersecurity and Privacy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Giulia Ajmone Marsan

Director, Strategy and Partnership, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

Henry Gao

Professor of Law, Lee Kong Chian Fellow, Singapore Management University

Areas of expertise

China economic policy
International law
Hinrich Foundation Advisory Board member

Nina Xiang

Founder, China Money Network

Yoonee Jeong

Senior Digital Technology Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Pindar Wong

Chairman, VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Anupam Chander

Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Areas of expertise

Communications and Technology Law
Intellectual Property
International Trade

Emmanuel A. San Andres

Senior Analyst, APEC Policy Support Unit

Layla O’Kane

Research Manager, Burning Glass Technologies

Michael Mudd

Digital trade economist, and founder and Managing Partner, Asia Policy Partners LLC (APP)

Merle A Hinrich

Chairman, Hinrich Foundation

Kurt Tong

Partner, The Asia Group

Areas of expertise

East Asia diplomacy and economic affairs
Free trade agreements
US-China relations
Hinrich Foundation Advisory Board member

Arindrajit Basu

Research Lead, Centre for Internet & Society, India

Jonathan Koh

Managing Director, Trade Facilitation Pte Ltd

Susan Ariel Aaronson

Research Professor and Director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub, George Washington University

George Lee

Group CEO, Kashtec

Robert Holleyman

President and CEO, Crowell & Moring International

Homi Kharas

Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Meagan Dooley

Senior research analyst, Center for Sustainable Development, The Brookings Institution

Keith M. Rockwell

Senior Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

Trade policy
Free trade agreements
Trade negotiations

Inu Manak

Fellow for Trade Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Nigel Cory

Associate Director, Trade Policy, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Leigh Wedell

COO and Co-Founder, Basilinna; Senior Fellow, Paulson Institute

Areas of expertise

US-China trade
China market access and expansion

Juita Mohamad

Director, Economics and Business Unit, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Malaysia

Siddharth Poddar

Co-founder and Managing Editor, StoneBench

Alex Capri

Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation and lecturer, NUS Business School

Areas of expertise

Technology and trade
Global value chains
Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Yasmin Ismail

Programme Officer, CUTS International, Geneva

Galal Hammoud

Technical Project Coordinator, Education Development Centre, Cairo

Craig Atkinson

Founder/Director, Lexmerca International Trade

Sylwyn Calizo Jr.

Researcher, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Akhmad Bayhaqi

Senior Analyst, APEC Policy Support Unit

Simon J. Evenett

Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St Gallen, and Founder, Global Trade Alert

Areas of expertise

International trade policy
National competition law
Economic development

Johannes Fritz

CEO, St Gallen Endowment for Prosperity Through Trade

Peter Lovelock

Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership

Areas of expertise

Technology development

Dini Sari Djalal

Associate Director - Editorial, Hinrich Foundation

Emily de la Bruyère

Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Founder, Horizon Advisory

Areas of expertise

International organizations

Nick Agnew

Research Analyst, FTI Delta

Stewart Paterson

Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

Monetary policy
Political economy

Pragya Bhatnagar

Former Research Associate, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

Tariffs and trade barriers
US-India relations

Andrea Durkin

Former Principal of Sparkplug, LLC and creator of Consensus Learning, LLC

Areas of expertise

US-China relations
Tariffs and trade barriers

Leslie Griffin

Principal, Allinea LLC

Alice Calder

Freelance writer and economist

Areas of expertise

Immigration and international trade
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Economics and culture

Jake Colvin

Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum, and Vice President, National Foreign Trade Council

Jamaica Gayle

Deputy Director, Global Innovation Forum

Lauren Kyger

Digital Content Manager, National Committee on US-China Relations

Areas of expertise

US-China trade
Foreign direct investment
Digital trade

Samm Sacks

Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America

James Lewis

Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Technologies Program, CSIS

Christine Bliss

President of the Coalition of Services Industries

Richard J. Crespin

CEO, CollaborateUp

Anne Kim

Editor, Washington Monthly, and Author of Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection