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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 2023 is the fifth 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.

Geeta Rao Gupta

Ambassador-at-Large for the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State

Stephen Jacobi

Executive Director, New Zealand International Business Forum

Keith M. Rockwell

Senior Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

WTO
Trade policy
Free trade agreements
Trade negotiations
Tariffs
Macroeconomics

Henry Gao

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

Areas of expertise

WTO
China economic policy
International law
Hinrich Foundation Advisory Board member

Mekhla Jha

Research Manager, International Trade Research, Hinrich Foundation

Stephen Olson

Former Senior Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

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

Elizabeth Wishnick

Senior Research Scientist, China Studies Division, Center for Naval Analyses

Hongzhou Zhang

Research Fellow, RSIS, Nanyang Technological University

Henry Storey

Senior Analyst - Asia, Dragoman

Mikkal Herberg

Senior Lecturer, University of California San Diego

David Wogan

Assistant Vice President, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)

Kristin Vekasi

Assistant Professor, Political Science and School of Policy & International Affairs, University of Maine

Areas of expertise

International political economy
Northeast Asia

Jennifer Brant

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

Christos Cabolis

Chief Economist, IMD World Competitiveness Center

Patrick Low

Senior Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Chuin Wei Yap

Program Director, International Trade Research, Hinrich Foundation

Harpreet Kaur

Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP Asia-Pacific

Charlie Barnes

Editorial staff, East Asia Forum

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

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
WTO
Tariffs and trade barriers

Bilahari Kausikan

Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore

Suman Bery

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

Stewart Paterson

Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Areas of expertise

Macroeconomics
Monetary policy
Political economy

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

Willy Shih

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

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

Rhea C. Hernando

Economic and Policy Researcher, APEC Policy Support Unit

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

Lauren Kyger

Digital Content Manager, National Committee on US-China Relations

Areas of expertise

US-China trade
Foreign direct investment
Digital trade

Giang NT Nguyen

PhD Candidate in Management, University of Newcastle

Thinh Gia Hoang

Senior research fellow at the Institute of Economics and Strategic Management, Hanoi, Vietnam

Jeffrey Wilson

Director of Research & Economics, Australian Industry Group

Daniel Ikenson

Director of Policy Research, NDP | Analytics

Max Song

Chief Executive Officer, Carbonbase

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

Linda Schmid

‎International Development Adviser, Trade in Services International

Stephen Rose

Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy

Richard J. Crespin

CEO, CollaborateUp