Bernard Hoekman is Professor and Director, Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where he has been since 2013.
Previous positions include Director of the International Trade Department (2008-13) and Research Manager in the Development Research Group (2001-08) at the World Bank. He was a member of the GATT Secretariat during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations.
He is a CEPR Research Fellow, where he co-directs the Trade Policy Research Network; a senior associate of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey; a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment; and a member of the UK Trade Policy Observatory. He served as Chairperson of a High-Level Board of Experts on the Future of Global Trade Governance, a Bertelsmann Foundation initiative (2017-18).
A graduate of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, he holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He has published widely on trade and development, trade in services, international regulatory cooperation, trade agreements and the multilateral trading system.