Laura Sallstrom 30-year career consist of experience in trade and technology policy and having lived, worked, or travelled in over 90 countries, Laura brings a unique perspective to international technology policy. Laura is an avid entrepreneur, having sold her interest in her second business in November 2019. Her areas of academic interest have included cross border data flows, trade and technology, international data policy, and technology and development. Laura teaches classes on Technology and Trade Policy, International Bargaining and Negotiations, and Technology Policy in China. She also provides consultancy services on technology policy to companies and to investment firms.
Before selling her interest in Access Partnership, Laura was Access Partnership’s Global Head of Public Policy for nearly 10 years. Access Partnership was a boutique consultancy focused on technology policy worldwide. Prior to its purchase by Access Partnership in 2011, Laura owned and operated Sallstrom Consulting, based in London. Sallstrom Consulting focused on emerging markets and the impact of technology. Before entering the consulting world, Laura was based in Singapore as Director of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) Asia Pacific. In this role, she helped the association launch its Asia-Pacific presence. From 1990 to 1995, Laura worked in the Office of US Trade Representative (USTR) where she assisted in the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). In addition, she briefly served as the Director on the South Asia portfolio.
Laura received her Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. While a Master’s candidate, she won a Luce Fellowship, which allowed her to spend a summer working at the Thai Development Research Institute in Bangkok. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts from American University in International Studies and Economics. She has a certificate in art from Art.e in Florence, Italy. From 2017-2020, Laura was appointed to the board of directors of the Global Women’s Innovation Network. She is a founder of the Women’s Prosperity Lab, focusing on minority and women run businesses.