Kati Suominen




Kati Suominen is Visiting Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Founder and CEO of TradeUp, LLC, a new financing platform for export-driven U.S. SMEs, and Founder and CEO of Nextrade Group, LLC, a consulting firm on leading-edge issues in world trade.

Suominen has deep expertise in international trade, economics, and finance. In 2010-12, Suominen was awarded a fellowship in the Economics Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a leading Washington think-tank. In 2004-2010, she served as International Trade Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, where she advised senior trade policymakers around the world and managed the Bank?s global and Asia-Pacific trade and economic policy research, and developed the Bank?s lending strategies for trade and competitiveness across Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2006-09, she also served as advisor to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) senior officials meetings on ways to advance toward regional free trade.

She has worked recently with such leading institutions as the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Brookings Institution, USAID, Chatham House, and Italian Institute for International Affairs. At CSIS, she is currently leading an eBay-sponsored project to catalyze U.S. online small and mid-size enterprise exporters and expand the digital economy across emerging markets.

She is also the chair of a 25-member global expert committee on regional trade agreements and the WTO for the E15 Initiative convened by the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and World Economic Forum, and the idea woman behind the ?RTA Exchange?, a new global clearing house and dialogue forum on free trade agreements sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank Institute, and ICTSD that was unveiled at the WTO Ministerial in December 2013 in Bali and that Nextrade Group is building into a Beta version in 2014..

Suominen has authored some 70 articles and published 9 books on trade and economics. Her latest book is forthcoming in March 2014, on SME internationalization in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently authoring her tenth book on the future of world trade and production, in light of the rise of such new technologies as 3D printing. Her other books are Peerless and Periled: The Paradox of America?s Leadership in the World Economic Order (Stanford University Press, 2012). Her other recent volumes include Economics of Free Trade (Edward Elgar, 2012) with Gary Hufbauer of the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Globalization at Risk: Challenges to Finance and Trade (Yale University Press, 2010), also with Hufbauer, which Foreign Affairs magazine named as one of the year?s best international affairs books. Her further co-authored and edited books include Sovereign Remedy? Trade Agreements in a Globalizing World (Oxford University Press, 2009), Regional Rules in the Global Trading System (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Bridging Trade Agreements in the Americas (IDB, 2009), Gatekeepers of Commerce: Rules of Origin and International Economic Integration (IDB, 2008), and Governing Regional Integration for Development (Ashgate, 2008).

Her articles have appeared in numerous books and such peer-reviewed journals as World Economy, Global Economy Journal, Journal of Globalization and Development, Economia, World Trade Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of East Asian Studies, and International Spectator. She has also authored numerous articles in Foreign Policy, Ideas Lab, RealClear World, VoxEU.org, and Roubini.com, and for the UK-based Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). She has provided commentary in such media as Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CSPAN, CNN, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, AFP, Politico, USA Today, Time, Global Journal, and US News and World Report, Investor?s Business Daily, El Economista and La Reforma.

She has spoken widely on global economic policy issues in 20 countries and at such venues as the World Trade Organization, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Commission, Eurasia Group, Asia Society, Asian Development Bank Institute, United Nations, and UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, lectured in such universities as Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, SAIS/Johns Hopkins, UC San Diego, Sciences Po/Paris, and University of Barcelona, and provided commentary in such media as Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Investor?s Business Daily, El Economista, La Reforma, and L.A. Times.

She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and American Assembly?s Next Generation Fellow year 2010, and member of Women in International Trade. She also serves on the advisory board of GlobeTrade, a Chicago-based company that has for the past 30 years helped U.S. small and mid-size companies internationalize. She started her career working on Western Hemisphere affairs at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.


MBA Business Administration, 2009, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Political Economy, 2004, UC San Diego
M.A. International Studies, 1996, Boston University
B.A. Political Science, full tennis scholarship in an NCAA Division I team 1995, University of Arkansas at Little Rock


International Trade, Global Macroeconomics, U.S. Competitiveness, U.S. Role in World Economy, Political Economy, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Financial Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Double Bottom Line