Michael J. Ferrantino is Lead Economist in the World Bank Group Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Prior to joining the Bank, he was Lead International Economist at the US International Trade Commission. Michael's published research spans a wide array of topics relating to international trade, including non-tariff measures and trade facilitation, global value chains, the relationship of trade to the environment, innovation, and productivity, and US-China trade. He has taught at Southern Methodist, Youngstown State, Georgetown, American, and George Washington Universities. Michael's recent work includes: "The Benefits of Trade Facilitation: A Modelling Exercise," prepared for the World Economic Forum's January 2013 report on supply chains, "Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities;" a chapter on non-tariff measures in The Ashgate Research Companion to International Trade Policy (2012); and "Evasion Behaviors of Exporters and Importers; Evidence from the U.S.-China Trade Data Discrepancy," with Xuepeng Liu and Zhi Wang, Journal of International Economics, 2012. Michael holds a PhD from Yale University.
Emiliano Duch is the Lead Finance and Private Sector Development Specialist in the World Bank Group's Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. He is considered the leading expert in helping countries and regions to develop competitive private sectors. His start in the industry began 20 years ago together with Professor Michael Porter and has since specialized in the implementation of regional competitiveness strategies. In 1994, he founded Competitivenes.com, the first consulting firm specialized strengthening the development of strategies based on clusters. As CEO of the firm, Emilio has led more than 120 initiatives of clusters in Europe and Latin America. He is an architect of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and holds an MBA and MPA from the University of Harvard. Duch has served as advisor to the public administration institutions and the regional governments, as well as multilateral institutions, such as the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has taught group seminars to USAID, IADB, and many national organizations. Emiliano serves as coordinator for the Clusters Summer School for the innovation of the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Santiago (Chile). He is considered the leading expert in cluster competitiveness methodologies, that now have been adopted widely worldwide.
Peter Kusek is a Senior Investment Policy Officer in the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, advising client governments on business environment reforms. He specializes in foreign direct investment regulation and administrative practices. He also leads the investment climate analytics program. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Peter worked on small-enterprise development in Bangladesh and on microfinance in Tanzania. He was also program manager at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based foreign and security policy think tank. Peter holds a master’s degree in economic policy and international development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Jose Daniel Reyes
Jose Daniel Reyes is a senior economist in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of The World Bank Group. He has several years of research and professional experience, working on issues of trade policy, competitiveness, and globalization. Prior to joining the Bank, Daniel worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and for the Colombian government monitoring country performance in the Latin American region. His recent policy work focuses on the economic incidence of Non-Tariffs Measures, the vulnerability of a country's exports to fluctuations in the economic activity of foreign markets, and firm-level dynamics. He has worked of trade and competitiveness issues in Central-America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. He holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University, where he received an award for the best dissertation.