Kati Suominen


Kati Suominen is Founder and CEO of TradeUp Capital Fund. She is also the Founder and CEO of an international trade policy research firm Nextrade Group, LLC, Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading Washington think-tank, where she leads a project “The Future of Trade.”


Dr. Suominen has deep expertise in international trade, finance, and digitization. She has published over 80 articles and 9 books, and is now finalizing her 10th, Globalization 4.0: How Disruptive Technologies Reshape Business and Policy in the Hyperconnected World.


She previously served as Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and Trade Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank. Her firm Nextrade Group been hired to work with such leading organizations as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brookings Institution, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.


She chairs a global expert group on regional trade agreements for the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development and World Economic Forum, and is the idea woman of RTAExchange.org, a new global forum on trade agreements championed by the Inter-American Development Bank and Asian Development Bank. She is also the idea woman for a new initiative “Aid for eTrade” aimed to accelerate the rise of ecommerce in developing countries now championed by the United Nations. Dr. Suominen is also member of the global expert groups on the Digital Economy and Global Value Chains, organized by ICTSD and World Economic Forum, and member of the G-20 affiliate T-20 working group of thought leaders on the Internet.


She has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and in Foreign Policy, Ideas Lab, RealClear World, VoxEU.org, the leading venue on global economics. She has provided commentary in such media as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BBC, CSPAN, CNN, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, AFP, Politico, USA Today, Time, US News and World Report, and Investor’s Business Daily. She has been profiled in Global Journal and in Los Angeles Business Journal.


Dr. Suominen has spoken widely on global economic policy issues in over 20 countries at such venues as the World Trade Organization, U.S. Department of Commerce, World Economic Forum, U.S. International Trade Commission, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Commission, Eurasia Group, National Intelligence Council, Asia Society, Asian Development Bank Institute, USAID, United Nations, International Telecommunications Union, and UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has lectured in such universities as Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, SAIS/Johns Hopkins, UC San Diego, Sciences Po/Paris, and University of Barcelona.


She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Assembly’s Next Generation Fellow. She serves on the advisory boards of trade-related groups GlobeTrade.com, New Markets Lab, and Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global, and National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade. She started her career working on Western Hemisphere economic affairs at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.


She is fluent in Spanish, Swedish, and Finnish, proficient in German and Portuguese, and reads French.


She received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, PhD in Political Economy with a focus on international trade from the University of California, San Diego, MA from Boston University, and BA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she held a full tennis scholarship in an NCAA division I team.


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