Kati Suominen

Founder and CEO, Nextrade Group, LLC

Founder & CEO of Nextrade Group that helps governments and Fortune 500s optimize public policies and investment in driving trade and ecommerce worldwide; and Founder and Chairwoman of TradeUp Capital Fund, a growth capital platform for globalizing tech companies to raisedebt and equity from institutional investors. Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management; writing 10th book on international trade. Idea woman behind international initiatives such as eTrade for All now championed by the United Nations, and RTA Exchange, a global dialogue forum on regional trade agreements led by the Inter-American and Asian Development Banks with ICTSD. High-level speaking engagements on trade, e.g. at Davos, World Trade Symposium, Global Trade Review conference, WTO, etc. Senior Advisor to the B20-affiliated World SME Forum. Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. MBA, Wharton; PhD, UC San Diego.


2 November 2018
Findings from firm-level surveys do not point to major differences between genders in participation in e-commerce or in the severity of regulatory challenges facing men- or women-led companies. There is an important research agenda ahead to understand how women-led firms perform as online sellers...
8 March 2016
On February 11, 2016, the US Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which, among other things, raises the threshold for de minimis – the maximum value of an import that is exempt from customs duties and complicated rules of origin – from $200 to $800. This move...
2 October 2015
The world economy is flailing, with growth expected to slow to the weakest pace since the 2008-09 crisis. Growth of cross-border trade remains well below 2007 levels. And global middle classes have not expanded as assumed — to just 13 percent — compared to 56 percent who are still low income...
12 March 2015
As the June global Aid for Trade Review approaches, a quiet revolution is unfolding in international trade: individuals and small businesses around the world are increasingly engaging in cross-border trade by selling goods and services online. In fact, data shows that in every country, practically...
5 December 2014
A decade ago, Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat popularised globalisation as a process where Apple, Dell, IBM, and other giant corporations offshored manufacturing to low-cost economies, and outsourced parts and components from suppliers around the globe. China became the world’s factory, mass-...

Bridges news

14 March 2018
Neste artigo, a autora propõe políticas concretas para potencializar o comércio digital na região – entre elas, o desenho das regulações digitais e do comércio eletrônico, a facilitação do comércio, a promoção das exportações, o crédito à exportação e a infraestrutura comercial.
9 November 2017
Basada en una encuesta realizada por su organización en 2016, la experta propone políticas concretas para potenciar el comercio digital en la región – entre ellas, el diseño de las reglamentaciones digitales y del comercio electrónico, la facilitación del comercio, la promoción de las exportaciones, el crédito a la exportación y la infraestructura comercial.
22 December 2016
Los acuerdos comerciales regionales (ACR) han proliferado en las últimas décadas alrededor del mundo, en coexistencia con el Acuerdo General sobre Aranceles Aduaneros y Comercio y el sistema de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC). Dicha propagación ha reformado la geografía de la integración...