Karina is an expert on global value chain analysis, with more than 15 years of experience leading numerous research projects related to economic development and competitiveness around the world. Her consulting is action-oriented, focused on leveraging academic research into tangible sustainable development outcomes and building capacity of policymakers around the world. She has consulted for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNCTAD, ECLAC, and the African Development Bank amongst others. Stark’s areas of expertise cover a wide range of economic sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, mining and services. She is a globally recognized specialist in policy development for trade, competitiveness, skills development, gender and SMEs contributing to more gainful participation of developing countries in the global economy.
Stark authored the highly-cited book “The Global Value Chain Analysis: A Primer” and together with Gereffi & Bamber, she recently published the edited volume “China’s New Development Strategies: Upgrading from Above and Below in Global Value Chains.” She has published widely on industrial upgrading and social and economic development. Her research continuously brings a policy focus, advising governments on different continents. Stark has conducted numerous Global Value Chains workshops in Africa, Asia, and the Americas both online and in-person. She designed and developed a GVC manual in Spanish for economic development researchers in Latin America. Stark is Chilean and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Duke University.