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.

Welcome address from the Stockholm School of Economics

Lars Strannegård

Lars Strannegård, Stockholm School of Economics

Lars Strannegård

Lars Strannegård is the President of the Stockholm School of Economics. He holds the Bo Rydin and SCA Chair in Business Administration and Leadership.

The Stockholm School of Economics is one of Europe's leading business schools, with a unique business-community network. Their research is internationally recognised and many of their researchers are among the leading figures in their respective fields.

Welcome address from the National Board of Trade Sweden

Anders Ahnlid

Anders Ahnlid, National Board of Trade Sweden

Anders Ahnlid

Anders Ahnlid is the Director-General at the National Board of Trade Sweden. He served as a Swedish negotiator during the GATT's so called Uruguay Round of 1988–1994. During his career, he has held several positions related to trade policy within the Swedish Foreign Service. During 2013–2016 he served as Ambassador of the Swedish permanent representation to the European Union in Brussels, and 2016–2020 he was the Swedish Ambassador in Helsinki.

Welcome address from Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

Johan Forssell

Johan Forssell, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Johan Forssell

Johan Forssell is Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade. Before that, he was a Member of the Swedish parliament (the Riksdag) for more than a decade.



Research keynote address: 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.

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

Anabel Gonzales

Anabel Gonzalez, World Trade Organization
Photo: WTO/Jay Louvion

Anabel Gonzalez

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.

Plenary session: The impact of trade liberalisation on productivity


Claudia Steinwender, Ludwig Maximilian University
Photo: Tobias Hase

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 Nielson, OECD

Julia Nielson

Julia Nielson 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 Nielson 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

Pinelopi 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: An evidence-based approach to trade and development

Inu Manak

Inu Manak, Council on Foreign Relations  

Inu Manak

Inu Manak is an expert in international political economy and a fellow for trade policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her research focuses on policy issues relevant to U.S. trade policy, including topics such as global trade flows and regional and global trade arrangements. She also examines the law and politics of the World Trade Organization.


Concluding remarks from the Stockholm School of Economics

Patrik Ström

Patrik Ström, Stockholm School of Economics  

Patrik Ström

Patrik Ström is the Director of the European Institute of Japanese Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics. Patrik studies the inter-nationalisation and competitiveness of the knowledge-intensive Japanese service industry in Europe and Asia. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Stanford University, Palo Alto in California, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Keio University in Tokyo and Nippon Institute of Technology in Saitama.