Kati Suominen is the Founder and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Nextrade Group that helps over 50 governments, multilateral development banks, and Fortune 500 technology companies enable trade through technology.
Dr. Suominen has ideated and built dozens of data and analytical products and pilot initiatives as well as eight global initiatives and public-private-partnerships to enable digital trade – including, most recently, the Alliance for eTrade Development I and II between 14 leading companies and USAID to enable ecommerce in developing nations.
She also serves as Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Earlier in her career, she was Trade Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Suominen is the author and editor of over 100 papers and 10 peer-reviewed books on trade, globalization and technology with leading academic presses, most recently Revolutionizing World Trade: How Disruptive Technologies Open Opportunities for All (Stanford University Press, 2019).
She is Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. PhD, University of California, San Diego; MBA, Wharton School of Business.