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Outcomes-Based Financing: impact bonds and outcomes funds
Emily Gustaffson-Wright
Dr. Gustafsson-Wright is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on innovative financing mechanisms including payment by results, public-private partnerships and impact investing.  Emily has also worked at the World Bank. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute at the University of Amsterdam, as well as a Masters of Science in Applied Economics and Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  
Labor Standards and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
Kevin Kolben
Kevin Kolben is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School. Kevin is an expert on transnational labor regulation and labor governance in supply chains. He has served on the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Trade Agreements for the US Department of Labor, has addressed the European Parliament on trade matters, and is currently serving a term as a US panelist for the USMCA’s Rapid Response Mechanism.  
The Relationship Between Climate Change  and International Trade
Emily Lydgate
Dr Emily Lydgate is a Professor in Law  at Sussex University and Deputy Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory. She is an expert on the intersection of environmental regulation and economic integration. She is a Specialist Advisor to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament. Emily is also an instructor for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's Advanced Diplomatic Academy. Emily holds a PhD from King's College London and an MSc (with distinction) from Oxford University.  
Governing Digital Trade and Data Flows
Joshua P. Meltzer
Dr. Meltzer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is an expert on digital trade, data and emerging technologies such as AI.  Meltzer has testified before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the European Parliament and consulted to the World Bank on trade and privacy matters. He is a member of Australia’s National Data Advisory Council. Before Brookings, Meltzer worked at Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Meltzer holds an S.J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and law and commerce degrees from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. 
Intellectual Property Rights in a Global and Digital Economy
Bryan Mercurio  
Bryan Mercurio is the Simon FS Li Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Specializing on the intersection between trade law and intellectual property rights. Professor Mercurio is co-author of one of the most widely used case books on WTO law (Hart Publishing, 2018, 3rd ed) and co-editor of the leading collection on bilateral and regional trade agreements (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2016). He is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, Visiting Professor at the KDI School and a frequent consultant and advisor to governments, industry associations and law firms.
Developments in International Investment Policy
Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen OBE
Lauge Poulsen is Professor of International Relations & Law at University College London. Poulsen is chair of the OECD inter-governmental work with stakeholders and experts on investment treaties, where he leads discussions on investment treaties and climate change policy. He serves as specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons' International Trade Committee and leads Whitehall's advanced trade policy training program. Poulsen was adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2017 to 2020 and was appointed OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in the 2022 Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to UK trade policy.  
China's Digital Governance and its Global Implications
Samm Sacks
Samm Sacks is a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center. Her research examines China’s information and communications technology (ICT) policies, with a focus on China’s cybersecurity legal system, the U.S.-China technology relationship, and the geopolitics of data privacy and cross-border data flows. Previously, Sacks launched the industrial cyber business for Siemens in China, Japan, and South Korea. Prior to this, she led China technology sector analysis at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group and worked as an analyst and Chinese linguist with the national security community. She has testified multiple times before Congress on China’s technology and cyber policies. She reads and speaks Mandarin.
Global Developments in Privacy Law and Policy
Paul Schwartz
Paul Schwartz is the Jefferson E. Peyser Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Schwartz is the co-author of the leading casebook, Information Privacy Law, and the distilled guide, Privacy Law Fundamentals, each with Daniel Solove. Schwartz has testified before Congress and served as an advisor to the Commission of the European Union and other international organizations. He assists corporations and international organizations with regulatory, policy, and governance issues relating to information privacy. He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, where he served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Export Controls and their National Security and Foreign Policy Objectives
Kevin Wolf
Kevin Wolf is a partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and a non-Resident Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET).  Mr. Wolf was the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce for both terms of the Obama Administration. In this role, he lead the administration of the export control, licensing, and other functions of BIS, was one of the primary architect of the Export Control Reform initiative and was a Commerce Department representative to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
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