Senior Fellow

Katrin Kuhlmann is President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, a non-profit organization created to pioneer an equitable new approach to commercial legal and regulatory reform in developing markets.  Katrin serves as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she has taught trade and development since 2008.   She is also a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa and a fellow with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, where she chairs a Legal Working Group for the social enterprise sector.  She is a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Bretton Woods Committee, the Trade Policy Forum, and the Trade, Finance, and Development Experts Group of the E15 Initiative led by ICTSD and the World Economic Forum.  Ms. Kuhlmann is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law and International Development Society (LIDS), in connection with which she co-created and directs the Trade Innovation Initiative. She also serves on the boards of the Washington International Trade Association and the Malaika Foundation. 

Katrin was a 2012-13 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.  She has served as President of TransFarm Africa (now part of the New Markets Lab), a fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute.  She has held several other senior positions in the non-profit sector, including President of the Trade, Aid, and Security Coalition and Senior Vice President of the Women’s Edge Coalition.

Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Ms. Kuhlmann served for six years as USTR’s Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia. At USTR, she was responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy with Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.  She played a key role in negotiations involving Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization and successfully led an inter-agency effort to conclude a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the five Central Asian Republics.  Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Kuhlmann practiced law at Dewey Ballantine LLP in Washington, D.C. and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in New York, New York.  Ms. Kuhlmann holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University, and she was the recipient of a Fulbright grant in 1992.

Ms. Kuhlmann frequently writes and speaks on issues of international economic development and trade policy and has testified before Congress on these issues.  Recent publications include “African Union:  The Trials and Tribulations of African Regional Integration,” Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, with Mwangi Kimenyi, Director Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution and “International Trade and Agriculture:  Supporting Value Chains to Deliver Development and Food Security,” with the Global Harvest Initiative.

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