Founder and CEO of an international trade research firm Nextrade Group, LLC and TradeUp Capital Fund, a digital financing platform for globalizing, export-driven companies. She is also Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading Washington, D.C. think-tank. She has expertise in international trade, trade and development, digitization, and finance, and has published nine books, five of which are about regional trade agreements. She previously served as Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (2010-2012) and Trade Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (2003-2010). She has collaborated in media as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BBC, CSPAN, CNN, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, AFP, Politico, USA Today, Time, US News and World Report, Global Journal and Los Angeles Business Journal. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Assembly’s Next Generation Fellow.