Ari Kokko is a professor of international business at Copenhagen Business School and an enthusiastic analyst of a wide range of issues related to economic development and internationalization.
He runs the Center for International Business and Emerging Markets at CBS and focuses in particular on the role of trade and foreign direct investment in the development process. In recent years, his work has had a clear bias towards China and East Asia, and he has been engaged as an advisor and consultant to several national governments and international organizations in the region.
Before taking up his current position at CBS, he was director of the China Economic Research Center at the Stockholm School of Economics, professor of international business at Abo Akademi University in Finland, and research director at the European Institute of Japanese Studies in Stockholm. In the past, he has also been a member of the board of directors of Sida for nine years, chairman for a Swedish government inquiry into the development of Swedish export competitiveness, and a frequent lecturer in various executive programs. In 2008, Ari received an honorary doctorate in the Economic Sciences at Tartu University, Estonia.
Finally, one of his main non-professional ambitions is to find more time for fishing.