Former European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström joins PIIE as senior fellow and host of Trade Winds

June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is pleased to announce that Cecilia Malmström, a former member of the European Commission and the European Parliament, has joined the Institute as nonresident senior fellow. She will be a new host of PIIE’s popular Trade Winds biweekly virtual discussion series, as founding host and PIIE senior fellow Anabel González joins World Trade Organization leadership as a deputy director-general.

Malmström, who started at PIIE on June 1, will host her first Trade Winds event on July 21 with a discussion with International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Kristalina Georgieva on how the IMF sees the future of trade in a post-COVID-19 world.

“Cecilia Malmström brings tremendous expertise in both the policy and politics of the international trading system, which combined with her engaging conversational style will continue the success of our Trade Winds event series,” PIIE president Adam S. Posen said. “We have long engaged with Cecilia in her leadership roles at the European Commission and European Parliament, and are thrilled to have her now be a part of the Institute team. In addition to hosting Trade Winds, Cecilia will work on projects related to international trade, migration, and European political economy.”

“I am thrilled and humbled to join PIIE, which I have always considered to be one of the best think tanks in the world,” Malmström said.

Malmström served as European commissioner for trade from 2014 to 2019, and European commissioner for home affairs from 2010 to 2014. She was first elected as a member of the European Parliament in 1999, serving until 2006, and was Swedish minister for EU affairs from 2006 to 2010.

As European commissioner for trade, Malmström represented the European Union in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international trade bodies. She was responsible for negotiating bilateral trade agreements with key countries, including agreements with Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Vietnam, and the four founding Mercosur countries.

Malmström holds a PhD in political science from the department of political science of the University of Gothenburg.

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