The conference is bridging the fields of research and decision-making. For this reason, we have invited both academics and practitioners as speakers at the conference. Altogether, six top-level international researchers will share their findings. Practitioners will reflect on their message through the lens of the decision-maker.

Keynote: 21st century trade research – what all policymakers should know


Marc Melitz, Harvard University

Marc Melitz

Marc Melitz is the David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He is the architect of what is known as the Melitz Model of international trade theory and is widely published in the field of international trade.

Marc Melitz' keynote address will paint a broad picture of the development of trade research in the 21st century and draw out some implications for trade policy.

Keynote: Policy lessons from 21st century trade research

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European Commission

Representative from the European Commission

The representative from the European Commission will talk about how EU trade policy could integrate lessons from 21st century trade research more in the future.



Plenary session: The impact of trade liberalisation on productivity


Claudia Steinwender, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
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Claudia Steinwender

Claudia Steinwender is a professor of economics at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Her research interests are in the field of international trade, innovation and productivity.

Claudia Steinwender will talk about the impact of trade liberalisation on productivity.




Julia Nielsen, OECD

Julia Nielsen

Julia Nielsen is the Deputy Director of the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate. She and her team develop and communicate evidence-based advice to governments in the fields of trade, food, agriculture and fisheries.

Julia Nielsen will comment on Claudia Steinwender’s presentation.



Plenary session: The social dimension: trade and inequality in the light of 21st century theory and evidence



Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Yale University

Penelopi Koujianou Goldberg

Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg is a professor of economics and global affairs at Yale University. She was the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group from 2018 to 2020. Her research examines the revival of protectionism in the U.S.; trade, poverty and inequality; as well as trade liberalisation in the presence of labour market frictions.

Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg will talk about the consequences of trade and trade policy for inequality, both within and between countries.



Cecilia Malmström, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Cecilia Malmström

Cecilia Malmström is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She was the EU Commissioner for Trade from 2014 to 2019 and Sweden’s Minister for EU Affairs 2006-2010. Between 1999 and 2006, she served as a member of the European Parliament. As EU Trade Commissioner, Malmström was responsible for negotiating EU trade agreements with Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Vietnam and the four Mercosur countries.

Cecilia Malmström will comment on Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg’s presentation.


Plenary session: This time it is different? – Strategic trade policy in the 21st century



Patrik Tingvall, National Board of Trade Sweden

Patrik Tingvall

Patrik Tingvall is the Chief Economist at the National Board of Trade Sweden. He is a professor in economics, specialised in international economics and micro econometrics.




Simon Evenett, University of St Gallen

Simon Evenett

Simon Evenett is a professor of international trade and economic development at the University of St Gallen. He is the founder of the St Gallen Endowment for Prosperity Through Trade and the Global Trade Alert, a database on public interventions affecting trade in goods and services.

Patrik Tingvall and Simon Evenett will talk about strategic trade policy in the 21st century.



Plenary session: Trade and geography: 21st century evidence on trade and the localisation of production



Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore

Henry Yeung

Henry Yeung is a professor at the Department of Geography and Global Production Networks Centre at the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on theories and geography of transnational corporations.

Henry Yeung will talk about trade and localisation of production.


Concluding address: Building trade policy on the shoulders of 21st century science


Anabel Gonzáles, WTO  Photo: WTO/Jay Louvion

Anabel González

Anabel González is Deputy Director-General at the World Trade Organization. She is a renowned global expert on trade, investment and economic development. She was a Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and the Chief negotiator of the US-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement.

Anabel González will talk about the importance of building trade policy on contemporary science.