Dr. Robert B. Koopman

Chief Economist and Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization - Switzerland

Robert Koopman is Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research and Statistics Division at the World Trade Organization. Bob provides the Secretariat and Member Countries with analysis and information that promotes a deeper understanding of trade and trade policy’s role in economic growth and development.

He has served as the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the US International Trade Commission. Bob oversaw the Commission’s trade policy research and negotiation assistance to the President, the US Trade Representative, and Congress, anti-dumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard, IP investigations, maintenance and analysis of the Harmonized Tariff System, as well as the agency’s strategic planning and performance measurement initiatives.

He has also served as Chief Economist at the USITC and various leadership positions at the Economic Research Service of USDA. He is also a visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.