Harvard Trade Forum

The Harvard Trade Forum is an international platform discussing the foremost issues on trade. Our conversations and interests span from explorations on climate change to geopolitical shifts. Each year, Harvard Trade Forum hosts a spring conference inviting foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to bridge and engage with the next generation on global, regional and industry agendas. In the past, our guests have included:

  • H.E. Anabel González, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • John Denton AO, Secretary General of the International Criminal Court
  • Naboth van den Broek, Partner at Akin Gump in London
  • Goerge Riddell, Director of Trade Strategy at Ernst & Young (EY)


Michael Tian  is a J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School, and previously earned a dual degree in economics and international relations from Brown University. With a interest in U.S.-China relations primarily focused on security issues and trade, Michael hopes to work at the intersection of law, finance, and policy to help maintain and improve the relationship between these two countries. Previously, Michael worked in financial services for a number of years, and also has experience in the policy world. He conducted research at the American Enterprise Institute with Zack Cooper and Oriana Skylar Mastro on U.S. foreign defense policy in East Asia, looking at the Belt and Road Initiative, the South China Sea, and civil-military fusion, and also served as a research assistant at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service on international drug control legislation. Michael is currently writing about the development and use of artificial intelligence in Chinese judicial reforms, and is also a research assistant at the Harvard Law Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.