Dr. Koen Berden is Director of Outreach and Member of the Board of Directors at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland and Assistant professor at the University of Bern. He is responsible for the WTI project portfolio, strategic (academic) alliances of the WTI, and the creation of short courses and trainings. The WTI is a leading global authority in the fields of international trade and trade law.
Previously, he has worked at Ecorys, the oldest and one of the largest public sector consulting firms, as Managing Director, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Economist and Senior Partner. Koen has over 18 years of research, project and lecturing experience in the fields of trade, competitiveness, and transport economics – for example in carrying out (sustainable) impact assessments of Free Trade Agreements. He is fellow of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), member of the Rotterdpam Economic Council (REC), and member of the Studiegezelschap Economische Politiek (SEP). Koen graduated cum laude at Erasmus University Rotterdam in international and financial economics and did his PhD in Economics at the Tinbergen Institute. He has been a lecturer in the Maritime Economics & Logistics programme since its inception in 2001 in the courses Economics and International Economics.