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Meet our experts

TPH’s core team truly represents best in class and global thought leaders on global trade in goods, services, investment and regulatory aspects. 

Our experts are thought leaders on global trade in goods, services, and investment

We are experts in the linkages between trade and environmental, social, gender and human rights aspects. We are extensively consulted by trade negotiators, global policymakers, international organisations and business leaders. We also understand the wider challenges resulting from the intersection of global governance with technology and internationalisation. Beyond our core team, we work closely with a range of Senior and Junior Associates and Affiliates at LSE and beyond.

We also have more than fifteen key partners across the world, including the ODI in London, the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore, and FGV Projectos in Brazil. 

We draw on experts from LSE’s International Trade Policy UnitDepartment of International RelationsDepartment of International DevelopmentDepartment of Management, and Centre for Economic Performance, as well as a large number of external collaborators.

Core team

Elitsa Garnizova

Dr Elitsa Garnizova
Director of TPH

Elitsa is a Senior Project Manager and Researcher at LSE Consulting, where she leads on projects in the area of trade and investment, including policy research, impact and policy evaluations, and comparative analysis. She founded the Trade Policy Hub to respond to the challenges in the global trade environment.

In parallel to her work at LSE Consulting, she received a PhD in international political economy from LSE. Her research focuses on international trade and European Union trade policy, particularly looking at the causes and effects of non-tariff measures and regulatory issues within trade negotiations. 

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama
Senior Associate and Business Adviser

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama is the director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and a leading author on trade diplomacy, EU-Far East relations and the digital economy.

He is often consulted by governments and international organisations on a range of issues, from trade negotiations to digital economy. He appears regularly in European, Chinese and US media, and is noted for his involvement in WTO and major free trade agreements.

Stephen Woolcock

Stephen Woolcock
Senior Associate

Woolcock has taught international political economy, trade and economic diplomacy at the LSE since 1999. Before joining the LSE he worked on trade and EU policy at Chatham House and for the private sector.

In 1999 he established the International Trade Policy Unit at the LSE to bridge the gap between academic and policy work. His ongoing research has been on the regulation of integrating markets, especially in the context of preferential and multilateral trade and investment agreements. 

His research interests include: international trade and investment policy: the World Trade Organization; regulatory issues in international trade; European trade policy; regional integration/trade agreements; the coverage of international rules/regimes governing trade and investment.

Jean-Baptiste Velut

Dr Jean-Baptiste Velut
Senior Associate

Jean-Baptiste is an Associate Professor in American Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris. His research focuses on state-market relations, trade policy and globalization debates in the United States.

His research interests lie in the areas of American Political Economy, International Trade Policy, Free trade agreements, Globalization, Antiglobalization Social Movements, NAFTA, and Social Movements. He has done extensive research on the social and environmental implications of trade agreements and stakeholder engagement within the scope of FTA negotiation.  

Stefania Lovo

Dr Stefania Lovo
Senior Associate

Stefania is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Reading. Prior to joining Reading, Stefania was a research officer at the Grantham Research Institute at LSE.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and development economics with a focus on the impact of public policy and the role of institutions. In particular, she has studied how deforestation interacts with ethnic diversity and institutional quality, how tenure insecurity, climate shocks and crop choices affect individual and household welfare and how environmental policies and decentralisation impact on firm location, international trade and firm performance.

Faith Tigere Pittet

Faith Tigere Pittet

Faith is an independent consultant and an associate of the Trade Policy Hub (LSE). She holds an LLM (Wits University), Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Wits) and an LLM (magna cum laude, University of Bern). She has a background combining human rights, political analysis and international trade law. She has conducted independent research work for consultancies and academics on international trade law, policy law and international investment law. She has published articles both on international trade law issues and public interest law issues. She is also passionate about regional integration issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.