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University of Washington & Infinite-Sum Modeling Inc.

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Dr. Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan is an affiliate faculty member and economist with the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences, University of Washington-Seattle. He is also currently affiliated with McKinsey and Company, since 2015, as a consulting economist. Furthermore, he co-founded Infinite-Sum Modeling Inc., with offices in USA, India, Canada and China.


His broad expertise lies in the analysis for business strategy and public policy, employing a variety of quantitative & economic models. Recently, apart from his 15+ years of applied economic research experience in trade, energy/environment and development issues, he has been working on several other issues such as business economics of new technologies etc. including blockchain, internet of things, cloud, 3-d printing, robotics, drones, etc., advising several start-ups in these sectors.


Several of his models capture global supply chain economics as well as linkages among countries and industries from a holistic, dynamic perspective. He is widely known for his pivotal role in developing global economic models and datasets used by thousands of researchers across the world. These models employ theory-consistent, data-founded and realistic approaches, involving a combination of optimization, applied mathematics, simulation and statistical regressions, to make futuristic predictions and forecasts. He has published five books, over 70 research papers in reputed journals, books and other outlets and presented his research in 21 countries, covering every inhabited continent in the world. Apart from top scholarly journals including Nature and American Economic Review, for over 3600 times, his research has been cited in popular magazines such as TheEconomist and several news outlets.


He has been an independent consultant with several organizations including the IMF, World Bank, Food and Agricultural Organization, World Health Organization, European Commission, London School of Economics Enterprise, World Resources Institute, International Trade Center, United Nations Economic Commission for West Asia, KPMG, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, the Commonwealth of Nations, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Harvard University, Bournemouth University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the governments of India, the United States, Finland, Turkey, and others as well as several startups and non-profit organizations in areas like IT, blockchain and rural development.


He has presented his work in invited seminars in several places including Harvard University, MIT, University of California – Berkley, Tufts University, University of British Columbia, Umea University, UNECA, UNESCAP, VATT-Helsinki, CUTS, Indian School of Business, Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi and Mumbai), Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore and Trichy), Indian Institute of Science, NCAER, TERI, ICRIER, MSE, etc.


He was a member, Board of Directors of Young Professionals Chronic Diseases Network, which was based out of Harvard University. Currently, he is on the board of Governments' Integration through FTAs (GIFTA) project. He is also an Advisor, ARTNet, United Nations ESCAP, Bangkok and a Fellow, SANEM, Dhaka. He has been honored with the title of GTAP Research Fellow in 2017.

He can be contacted at and He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai and BTech from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He is an Indian citizen, with a permanent residence in the US.