How is The Growth Commission structured?

The Growth Commissioners are drawn internationally from the US, UK and Japan. They all bring deep understanding of their subject areas and bring expertise on trade and competition policy, taxation, planning reform, health, regulation and monetary policy.

The Commissioners


Shanker Singham

Shanker Singham is one of the world’s leading international trade experts, providing trade and competition law and policy advice to governments and companies. He is the Policy Lead of the Trader Support Service Consortium and was a cleared advisor to the US Trade Representative and to the UK Trade Secretary.


Barbara Bowie-Whitman

Barbara Bowie-Whitman is an economist who has previously worked in the US Department of State, where she served as Trade Policy Coordinator for the Western Hemisphere. She has been a senior State Department negotiator on free trade agreements with nine countries. She has a doctorate in economics from George Washington University.


Eduardo Pérez Motta

Eduardo Pérez Motta has served as the President of the Federal Competition Commission in Mexico, President of the International Competition Network and Mexico’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization. He has also held several roles in government including Chief of Staff to the Minister of Trade and Industry.


Alden Abbott

Alden Abbott is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center focusing on antitrust issues. Before joining Mercatus, Abbott served as the Federal Trade Commission’s General Counsel, where he represented the Commission in court and provided legal advice to its representatives.


Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the chairman of the Mercatus Center. Cowen has been recognised as one of the most influential economists of the last decade. He is known for his economics blog, Marginal Revolution, and hosts a popular podcast series. He holds a PhD in economics from […]


Christine McDaniel

Christine McDaniel is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center. She specialises in trade, globalisation and intellectual property rights. She has held several positions in the US government, including Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department and senior trade economist in the White House Council of Economic Advisers.


Akira Igata

Akira Igata is a Project Lecturer at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo. He specialises in economic security. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at Pacific Forum, a US-based think tank, and a Non-Executive Director at the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC). He advises the Japanese government […]


Thomas Stratmann

A distinguished micro economist, Thomas Stratmann holds an appointment as Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at George Mason University, a courtesy appointment at Antonin Scalia Law School and has recently been appointed as a Commissioner for the Growth Commission. As a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center in the United States, […]


Srinivasa Rangan

Srinivasa Rangan specialises in the areas of strategy, globalisation, alliances and entrepreneurship. He has research and faculty positions at the IMD Business School, Harvard and Tulane University. He has advised the Indian government on development policies to ensure national competitiveness after economic liberalisation.


Ewan Stewart

Ewen Stewart is a City economist whose career has spanned over 30 years. His consultancy Walbrook Economics specialises in the interaction of macroeconomics, politics and capital markets and advises major pension funds, asset managers and hedge funds. He is Director of the think tank Global Britain.


Naohiro Yashiro

Naohiro Yashiro is a professor at the Faculty of Global Business at Showa Women’s University. He has worked with the Japanese Government’s Economic Planning Agency and the OECD. He is the former president of the Japan Center for Economic Research and member of the Council of Economic and Fiscal Policy.


Stephen J. Entin

Stephen J. Entin specialises in tax policy and is currently a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Tax Foundation. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury in Washington. Before joining the Treasury, he was an economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress, developing policies for tax rate reduction and savings incentivisation.