Global Trade in the New Year

Join the Center for Global Business and academic director, Kislaya Prasad for a conversation with two trade experts about the global trade outlook for 2021, specifically how the post-Covid environment, vaccine distribution, and a new U.S. administration will impact global trade.


Javier López González
Javier López González is a senior trade economist at the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD. His recent work is focused on digital trade: investigating the potential economic opportunity cost of data localization policies; developing frameworks for the measurement and analysis of digital trade; creating typologies of approaches to cross border data regulation; and exploring what market openness means in the 21st century. He has previously worked on the drivers and implications of participation in global value chains, co-authoring papers on global patterns of supply chain trade; the implications of GVC participation for developing countries; the links between GVC participation and wage inequality; and how SMEs can make the most out of GVC participation. González holds a PhD in economics from the University of Sussex.

William Reinsch
William Reinsch holds the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a senior adviser at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP. Previously, he served for 15 years as president of the National Foreign Trade Council, where he led efforts in favor of open markets, in support of the Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation, against unilateral sanctions, and in support of sound international tax policy, among many issues. From 2001 to 2016, he concurrently served as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, teaching courses in globalization, trade policy, and politics. Reinsch also served as the undersecretary of commerce for export administration during the Clinton administration. Prior to that, he spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, most of them as a senior legislative assistant to the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA) and subsequently to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV). He holds a BA and an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies respectively.

January 14, 2021 - 12:30pm
Robert H. Smith School of Business