Penny Bamber

Affiliate, Duke Global Value Chains Center at Duke University

Penny is an international trade and investment specialist, with over a decade of experience working at the intersection of international economics and economic development. The key question of her research and consulting is how countries, firms and workers – particularly those in developing countries – can more sustainably compete in the global economy. Her expertise lies in examining global industry dynamics to identify opportunities for different actors to engage and developing strategies and solutions for them to do so. This work has covered a broad range of sectors and geographies, from inserting marginalized actors into the agricultural and mining industries in Latin America, advising on industrial policy development in the Philippines to examining the impact of automation on the future of Chinese industry. She has published extensively, contributing to numerous books, reports and journal articles on economic growth and development, technology and skills for the future and the role of gender amongst others. Penny has consulted and provided policy analysis widely for national and international organizations, including the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation, UNCTAD, ILO, the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.  Penny has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chile and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.