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Bob Koopman

Created: 12/18/2000
Updated: 6/2/2020
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Dr. Bob Koopman
Chief Economist

World Trade Organization
Economic Research and Statistics Division
Rue de Lausanne, 154
Geneva 21 CH-1211
+41 22 739 62 00 (ph)

Curriculum Vitae - Bob Koopman

Mr. Robert Koopman currently serves as the Chief Economist of the World Trade Organization, and in this role serves as the Director of the Economic Research and Statistics Division. ERSD provides economic advice and analysis to the Director General, other members and offices of the WTO Secretariat, Member Country Delegations, and other interested stakeholders. He also ensures coherence between WTO economic and statistic work with that of other international organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, OECD, regional development banks and organizations such as UNCTAD, the ILO, WHO, and WIPO.

Prior to joining the WTO Bob served as Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the United States International Trade Commission, overseeing all of the Commission's programmatic activities which ranged from research and analysis to maintaining the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule. Bob also served as Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.

From 1999 to 2012 Mr. Koopman also served as the Chief Economist of the United States International Trade Commission, and in that role provided analysis for ITC investigations and reports, and support the Commission in its role as adviser to Congress and the President on international trade matters.

Robert Koopman spent 15 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He most recently served as Deputy Administrator for Economic and Community Systems in the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Prior to that position, he was Deputy Director of the Commercial Agriculture Division of the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). He began his professional career at the ERS as an economist and later served as Leader of the ERS Central and Eastern Europe Section and Chief of the ERS Europe, Africa, and Middle East Branch.

Mr. Koopman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Maine.

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