50 Trade People to Follow on Twitter

Everyone seems to be interested in trade again. So, here is a list of 50 or so people I (and the helpful people of Twitter) think you should follow.

I’ve chosen real people, rather than organisations, with a preference for those who are up for a chat. This list is very UK/Euro-centric, so if you think I’ve missed anyone, let me know.

In no particular order:

  1. Me, obviously. But only if you like trade-related Valentine’s poems. #TradeValentines

2. Alan Beattie. He’s been reporting on trade for years. Knows more than most of the people he interviews. Funny.

3. Allie Renison. As far as I can tell she never stops working. Actually talks to and works with businesses. Not afraid to throw occasional shade.

4. Marta Bengoa. An economics Professor, working in New York. If you’ve got a question, she’s got the answer.

5. Hosuk Lee-Makiyama. Director of the Brussels based ECIPE think-tank, and a “disgraced former diplomat” (his words). Snarky.

6. Dani Rodrik. The man has a trilemma named after him, for heaven’s sake. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ask him.

7. Molly Kiniry. Works at the Legatum Institute, and one of the few trade people truly optimistic about the UK’s prospects post-Brexit. Winner of #TradeValentines.

8. Inu Manak. PHD Candidate at Georgetown, Trade Lab Fellow. One of the few people alive to actually bother reading the NAFTA RoO annexes.

9. George Magnus. You already know who he is. You probably already follow him.

10. John Hilary. The intellectual driving force behind the European anti-TTIP movement. Now head of trade policy for the UK Labour party.

11. Peter Ungphakorn. Worked for the WTO in a previous life. Now spends his days teaching the UK about agriculture tariff-rate quotas.

12. Shawn Donnan. World Trade Editor at the Financial Times/the glue that holds Trade Twitter™ together.

13. Iana Dreyer. Founder of Borderlex and general go-to person for all things EU and trade.

14. David Henig. One of only a dozen UK civil servants to work on trade before Brexit. Once thought to be my alter-ego.

15. Richard Baldwin. Founder of VoxEU and President of the DG Trade’s go-to think-tank, CEPR. Recently wrote a book about globalisation that everyone says is very good (I haven’t read it yet).

16. Simon Lester. A trade policy analyst at Cato. Also founded the wonderful Worldtradelaw.net blog. Loves free trade, doesn’t love ISDS.

17. Mona Pinchis-Paulsen. An international economic law scholar and lawyer who knows more about investment protection and arbitration than any one person should.

18. Caroline Freund. Senior Fellow at PIIE. Currently educating America and the world on Donald Trump’s border adjustment tax.

19. Lucian Cernat. The European Commission’s chief trade economist. Created a fifth mode of supply in services, just when everyone had finally got their heads around four. #TradeXpresso

20. Richard Price. The newly throned UK chief trade economist. Got a big job ahead of him, knows it.

21. Cécile Toubeau. Better Trade and Regulation Director at Transport and Environment and sits on the EU’s TTIP advisory group. Loves bingo.

22. Holger Hestermeyer. If there is an international dispute happening he knows about it. Also advises House of Lords EU Select Committee.

23. Susan Aaronson. Currently focusing on issues around digital trade and protectionism, with a side dish of trade and transparency, trade and human rights and protests.

24. Peg Murray Evans. You know how Brexit is going to allow the UK to re-ignite the Commonwealth? Yeah, not so much.

25. Gabriel Siles-Brügge. Wrote the (a) book on TTIP, literally.

26. Lorand Bartels. A clever legal academic. Likes arguing with Peter C about the WTO.

27. Rob Howse. Tweets about international econ law and policy, philosophy, green energy, animal welfare, food and globalization, fair trade … and the rest.

28. Hanna C. Norberg. Loves free trade. Like, a lot.

29. David Kleimann. Forever trying to get to the bottom of everything. Thinks CETA rhymes with feta (??).

30. Steve Peers. Professor of EU, Human Rights and World Trade Law at the University of Essex. One of the most reliable explainers of everything out there.

31. Marianne Petsinger. Geoeconomics Research Fellow, US & Americas Programme at Chatham House. Trans-Atlanticist. Trade wonk.

32. Marcus Leroux. Trade correspondent at the Times. Fan of unusual trade facts.

33. Chad P. Bown. Used to serve on the CEA as senior economist for international trade and investment in the Obama White House.

34. Jenny Leonard. Reporter at the wonderful Inside Trade. If anyone is going to work out what Trump’s trade policy is, it’s her.

35. Dan Ikeson. Ask him if he’s worried about the US trade deficit. Go on, I dare you.

36. Luke Eric Peterson. Pretty much the only reason anyone has a clue which company is suing which country.

37. Mark Warner. International competition, trade & investment law, y’know — the good stuff.

38. Alan Matthews. Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland with interests in agricultural policy, trade, development and food security.

39. Emily Rees. Head of EU Affairs at Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian trade and investment agency. Also training up a new generation of trade negotiators, apparently.

40. Gregory Messenger. Do you want to know how the WTO works? Gregory will tell you how it works.

41. Guy de Jonquières. Citizen of the world, ex-FT lifer, now writer on China, international political economy and … trade.

42. Joanna Sopinska. Formerly the editor of EU Trade Insights, now at Mlex

43. Richard Humphries. Because trade happens in other parts of the world too.

44–50. TBC. I’ve definitely missed people, so let me know and I’ll add them on.

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