Hosuk Lee-Makiyama

Director of ECIPE (European Centre for International Political Economy)

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama is Director of ECIPE (European Centre for International Political Economy), a think tank focusing on global trade issues and active in Brussels, London and in the ASEAN countries.

He is regularly consulted by the G7 governments and the principal international organisations on international trade, EU-Asia relations and digitalisation. He has appeared as an expert witness in the European Parliament, US Congress, UK House of Commons and all the principal forums of international economic cooperation, including WTO, OECD, APEC and G20. He is also a regular commentator in the Financial Times, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, CCTV, Al Jazeera and other international media.

Lee-Makiyama has played a prominent role on a number of trade agreements, and has successfully advocated several “impossible” trade negotiations between Europe and the Asia-Pacific, including New Zealand. He has also published economic and legal research on digital trade since 2008 and was named “one of the 20 most influential people for an open internet” by the readers of the Guardian (UK) for his work.

Prior to ECIPE, he served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, chairing the EU Member States in the WTO and the UN; delegate in the Trade Policy Committee of the European Union; the Swedish Trade Council as its head of European Affairs in the  advisory committee on East Asia. He has also worked in the private sector as corporate counsel and in the advertising industry.

Lee-Makiyama is also a Senior Fellow of London School of Economics in International Relations. He tweets sardonically (and not very well) as @leemakiyama.