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Sustainable trade

Trade should deliver mutually acceptable benefits between trading partners and achieve balanced economic, environmental and social outcomes.

Explore our topical research, including the Sustainable Trade Index, which measures the capacity of economies to participate in international trade in a manner that supports the long-term domestic and global goals of economic growth, environmental protection, and better social equity.

The STI 2022 is the fourth edition of the index. 

Our sustainable 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.

Jennifer Brant

Executive Director, Innovation Council and CEO and Founder, Innovation Insights

Kieran Thompson

Sector Manager, Defence Advanced Manufacturing and Technology, Dragoman

Christos Cabolis

Chief Economist, IMD World Competitiveness Center

Giang NT Nguyen

PhD Candidate in Management, University of Newcastle

Thinh Gia Hoang

Senior research fellow at the Institute of Economics and Strategic Management

Stewart Paterson

Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

Monetary policy
Political economy

Patrick Low

Senior Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Henry Storey

Senior Analyst - Asia, Dragoman

Stephen Olson

Senior Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

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

Mekhla Jha

Research Manager, International Trade Research, Hinrich Foundation

Chuin Wei Yap

Program Director, International Trade Research, Hinrich Foundation

Frederick Kliem

Research Fellow and Lecturer, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore

Daniel Trefler

J. Douglas and Ruth Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity at the Rotman School of Management

Harpreet Kaur

Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP Asia-Pacific

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

Christopher Clague

Writer and adviser on trade, globalization, and geopolitics

C. Peter Timmer

Thomas D. Cabot Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Harvard University

Aaron Cosbey

Senior Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Johan Norberg

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute and the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

Emmanuel A. San Andres

Senior Analyst, APEC Policy Support Unit

Andrea Durkin

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

Areas of expertise

US-China relations
Tariffs and trade barriers

Rhea C. Hernando

Economic and Policy Researcher, APEC Policy Support Unit

Jeffrey Wilson

Director of Research & Economics, Australian Industry Group

Bilahari Kausikan

Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore

Bert Hofman

Director, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Suman Bery

Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC

Fukunari Kimura

Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

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

Alice Calder

Freelance writer and economist

Areas of expertise

Immigration and international trade
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Economics and culture

Ed Gerwin

President, Trade Guru LLC

Areas of expertise

International trade policy
International trade law
International trade and federal relations

Lauren Kyger

Digital Content Manager, National Committee on US-China Relations

Areas of expertise

US-China trade
Foreign direct investment
Digital trade

Willy Shih

Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Charlie Barnes

Editorial staff, East Asia Forum

Homi Kharas

Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Meagan Dooley

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

Iris Mantovani

Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Alexandre de Crombrugghe

Head of Investment Promotion and Facilitation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

David Dollar

Senior fellow, John L Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution

Daniel Ikenson

Director of Policy Research, NDP | Analytics

Maria Adele Carrai

Assistant Professor of Global China Studies, NYU Shanghai

Akhil Ramesh

Senior Fellow, Pacific Forum

Rob York

Director, Regional Affairs, Pacific Forum

Darren Anderson

Director, Oxford Economics (Australia)

Nicholas Mulder

Assistant Professor, Cornell University, New York

Kati Suominen

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

Areas of expertise

Digital trade
Trade and technology
Sustainable trade
Trade facilitation

Dini Sari Djalal

Associate Director - Editorial, Hinrich Foundation

Luke Patey

Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies

Joshua P. Meltzer

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Areas of expertise

Digital trade
Technology and trade
US-China trade

Sylwyn Calizo Jr.

Researcher, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Gary P. Sampson

Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Melbourne Business School

Julian Adorney

Contributor Writer, Hinrich Foundation

Robyn Boerstling

VP, Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources, National Association of Manufacturers

Jake Colvin

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

Jamaica Gayle

Deputy Director, Global Innovation Forum

Ayelet Haran

Director, International Policy & Government Affairs, Japan, China and Canada at Bristol Myers Squibb

Anne Kim

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

Sarah Smiley

Strategic advocacy

Christine McDaniel

Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Eileen Norcross

Vice President, Policy Research, and senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University

Scott Miller

Senior Adviser, Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, CSIS

James Lewis

Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Technologies Program, CSIS

Caroline Freund

Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness, The World Bank Group

Donald J. Boudreaux

Senior Fellow and Professor of Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Richard J. Crespin

CEO, CollaborateUp

Linda Schmid

‎International Development Adviser, Trade in Services International

Stephen Rose

Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy