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Dr. Barbara Kotschwar

Senior Director, Global Government Relations at VISA (Washington, D.C)

Ms. Barbara Kotschwar is currently a Senior Director in the Global Government Relations Division of VISA. Immediately prior to assuming this post, she worked for three years as a Senior Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank. Ms. Kotschwar is also adjunct professor of Latin American studies and economics at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on political economy and trade and integration in the Americas.
Ms. Kotschwar served as a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics from 2007 to October 2015. Her research focused on trade, investment, and regional integration. Her projects included comparative analyses of Latin American experiences with free trade agreements, Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America, an assessment of Mexico’s economy, and studies on commercial relations between the United States and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) partners.
Before joining the Peterson Institute, she was chief of the Foreign Trade Information System at the Organization of American States, where she also provided technical and analytical support to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process in the area of standards and technical barriers to trade in her capacity as senior trade specialist. She has advised Latin American and Caribbean governments on trade-related issues and has worked with multilateral and regional development banks on a variety of trade and development projects.