Karina Fernandez-Stark

Affiliate, Duke Global Value Chains Center at Duke University

Karina Fernandez-Stark is an international consultant and a Duke Global Value Chains Center Affiliate, who has led numerous research projects related to economic development and competitiveness around the world. She has consulted for the African Development Bank, ECLAC, Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNCTAD and the World Bank, amongst others. Together with Gary Gereffi, Karina authored the highly cited book “The Global Value Chain Analysis: A Primer”. She has published several research reports and articles on industrial upgrading and social and economic development. Her areas of expertise cover a wide range of economic sectors including agriculture, mining and services. In addition, she is an expert in policy development for trade, competitiveness, skills development, gender and SMEs. Her research continuously brings a policy focus advising country governments in different continents. Karina has conducted Global Value Chains workshops in Africa, Asia and the Americas. She designed and developed a GVC manual in Spanish for economic development researchers in Latin America. Karina is a Chilean who holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Duke University.