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David Cheong

Adjunct Professor of International Economics


Adjunct Professor of International Economics, SAIS Europe. Previously Professor Cheong worked as a Trade and Employment Specialist at the International Labour Organization, where he conducted research on the labor-market effects of trade and managed development-cooperation projects focused on this subject in several developing countries in South-East Asia, North and West Africa, and Central America. His long-standing engagement in academic and professional research on international trade has allowed him to gain a deep understanding of the international trading system and trade-related issues facing developing countries such as building productive capacity and enabling positive structural transformation. Professor Cheong has also worked as a consultant for the European Commission, USAID, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank, mainly providing evidence-based advisory services and policy recommendations on how to leverage trade opportunities for sustainable and inclusive development. Cheong holds a PhD in Economics from Brandeis University with a specialization in International Trade.



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