Hosuk Lee-Makiyama is the co-founder of OPEN. He is a prominent analyst and original thinker on international trade, digitalisation, Asia’s global role and the future of Europe, as well as a director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), a top think-tank in Brussels. He has a knack for spotting trends before they become fashionable. For instance, he has been working on digitalisation and trade since 2008, long before the current controversies over data privacy and much else, and was named “one of the 20 most influential people for an open internet” by readers of the Guardian in 2012 for his work on internet censorship. His first report on dumping and Chinese overcapacity came out five years before the current debate over China’s market economy status made the news. He has successfully advocated the opening of several “impossible” trade negotiations for the EU, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US and free-trade agreements with Japan and Australia/New Zealand. Hosuk often appears in European, Chinese and US news media and is regularly asked to advise governments and international organisations. He previous worked for the Swedish government where he dealt with trade, intellectual property and UN matters. Back in the pre-internet analogue age, he paid his way through school by designing adverts for global brands. Having migrated to Sweden from Tokyo in his youth, Hosuk is reconciled to being called a foreigner wherever he goes.