Katrin Kuhlmann joins Portland’s international Advisory Council


London, June 12th, 2017 – Katrin Kuhlmann, a global leader and nonprofit executive in the international economic development and trade policy arena, has joined Portland’s International Advisory Council, announced Tim Allan, Portland founder and Group Managing Director.

As a member of the Advisory Council, Kuhlmann will provide advice to Portland and its global clients on international trade, corporate philanthropy matters and pan-African economic development, advocacy and infrastructure issues.Based in Washington, D.C., Kuhlmann is President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, a non-profit center working at the intersection of law, economic development, and social issues. She is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  She previously worked as a trade negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where she was responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy with Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, held leadership positions in several non-profits and think tanks, practiced international law, and was a senior advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa.

“We’re delighted to welcome Katrin to our Advisory Council, said Allan. “For the past decade we have been chosen and trusted by Africa’s most influential leaders and organisations for our unparalleled insight and strategy, as well as our content and delivery approach. Katrin’s internationally recognized reputation across Africa, coupled with her extensive background in international development and trade issues, will be a huge benefit to Portland and our clients.

“I’m honoured to join Portland’s Advisory Council, Kuhlmann said. “I look forward to contributing to the firm and advancing their clients’ priorities in the international trade, philanthropy, and developing market sectors.  We are at an interesting turning point in international trade and development, which presents great opportunity to design innovative approaches and build new partnerships.

Kuhlmann is also a member of USTR’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, the E15 Initiative of the World Economic Forum and International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, the CSIS Global Food Security Project, and the Bretton Woods Committee.  Her board appointments include the Washington International Trade Association and Malaika Foundation. Katrin frequently writes and speaks on issues of international economic development, rule of law, and trade policy and has testified before Congress on these issues.

“Our multinational team and clients have much to gain from Katrin’s experience. Her unique reach and insider perspectives on global trade and economic development issues will be significant resources to the influential philanthropists, business and political leaders we serve, said David MacKay, Senior Partner and General Manager of Portland’s US operation.

Kuhlmann joins a distinguished, high-level group of international business, media, former government and non-profit leaders on Portland’s International Advisory Council including:

  • Alastair Campbell, former Director of Communications and Strategy for Tony Blair
  • Tony Ball, former Chief Executive of Sky plc
  • Sir Chris Powell, former CEO of BMP DDB
  • Michael Portillo, former UK Defence Secretary
  • Sir Stephen Wall, former UK Ambassador to the European Union
  • Sir Martin Davidson, chair, The Great Britain China Centre
  • Louis R Hughes, chair of tech security firm, InZero Systems
  • Elizabeth Linder, founder of politics & government program for EMEA, Facebook
  • Amanda Mackenzie, an executive adviser to UN-supported campaign group Project Everyone and CMO of UK insurance firm Aviva
  • Phil McManus, until recently director of communications at payments infrastructure provider Worldpay
  • Justine Roberts, founder and CEO of parenting website Mumsnet
  • Jim Rosenberg, chief communications officer at US non-profit Accion
  • Lisa Shields, VP, global communications at the US-based Council on Foreign Relations
  • Radek Sikorski, senior fellow, Harvard University, and former Polish foreign minister
  • Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Indian MP and former minister



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