BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Katrin Kuhlmann, President and Founder
Katrin Kuhlmann is the President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, a non-profit law and development center. She is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and she serves as a Senior Associate with the Global Food Security Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has over twenty years of experience in trade and development, comparative economic law (agricultural value chains and inputs, standards and non-tariff measures, services, energy, and trade corridors), international and regional trade policy, and economic legal and regulatory reform. She is published widely and frequently speaks on these topics, and she has testified before Congress on several occasions.
Ms. Kuhlmann serves on the Advisory Boards of the Law and International Development Society (LIDS) at Harvard and Georgetown Law Schools and the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the Trade Policy Forum, and the Trade, Finance, and Development Experts Group of the E15 Initiative led by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum. She is also a board member for Listening for America, the Washington International Trade Association, and the Malaika Foundation.
Ms. Kuhlmann was previously a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa. Earlier in her career, she was a trade negotiator at USTR and practiced international law at Skadden Arps and Dewey Ballantine. Before founding the New Markets Lab, she held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations and think tanks, including as a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute, and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study international economics.
Susan Sechler has over 40 years of experience working on issues related to agriculture, food security, and international development. She has served as Co-Founder and Managing Director of TransFarm Africa and a Senior Advisor for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to working with the Hewlett Foundation, Susan was a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aspen Institute. Susan has also held posts in government, including as the leader of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team for Agriculture in 1992 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economics, Policy Analysis and Budget at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Susan serves on the boards of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Island Press and the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). Susan’s articles and interviews have been published in many newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Issues of Science and Technology, and others.
Mélida Hodgson is currently a partner at Foley Hoag LLP, where she practices in the international litigation and arbitration group. She serves as an arbitrator of international trade disputes initiated under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and was appointed to the list of panelists eligible to hear WTO disputes.
Ms. Hodgson began her career in private practice before becoming a U.S. government litigator. She first worked at the Department of Justice, where she litigated claims brought by bank shareholders against the U.S. government relating to the failure of savings and loans associations in the early 1990s. Ms. Hodgson then joined the Office of the United States Trade Representative as an associate general counsel. She earned her JD from New York University School of Law in 1992, and received her BA from Vassar College in 1985.
Scott Westfahl is the faculty director of Harvard Law School Executive Education. He joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm's Director of Professional Development. Scott frequently lectures and comments upon talent development within professional services firms and is the author of the book You Get What You Measure: Lawyer Development Frameworks and Effective Performance Evaluations (NALP, 2008).
Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. He is also an experienced business and federal regulatory attorney, having practiced law with Foley & Lardner's Washington, D.C. office from 1988 to 1998. Professor Westfahl earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1985.