Katrin Kuhlmann, Director and Co-Founder (
Katrin Kuhlmann is President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, President of TransFarm Africa and a fellow with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, where she chairs a Legal Working Group for the social enterprise sector.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Director of the U.S.-Africa Business Center and a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa.  She was a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School from 2012-13 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law and International Development Society.  She also serves on the boards of the Washington International Trade Association and the Malaika Foundation.

She was previously a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She has held other senior positions in the non-profit sector, including as President of the Trade, Aid and Security Coalition and Senior Vice President of the Women’s Edge Coalition. Her work focuses on an opportunity-driven, market-led approach to trade, development and investment policy and on addressing policy and legal barriers faced by entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Ms. Kuhlmann served for six years as the Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where she was responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy with Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. She has also practiced law in New York and Washington, DC.  Ms. Kuhlmann holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University, and she was the recipient of a Fulbright grant in 1992.


Colette van der Ven, Co-Founder and LIDS Board Liaison (
Colette van der Ven is a member of the class of 2014 at Harvard Law School, pursuing a joint degree with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as co-President of the Harvard Law and International Development Society, and as captain of Harvard Law Schools’ WTO Moot Court Team, which won North American regionals and best overall written submissions and best complainant brief in the international round. Colette is especially interested in international trade and development, and has worked on various projects in this field, including litigating corrupt companies at the World Bank and researching regulatory barriers to commercial agriculture with the Acumen Fund in India and TransFarm Africa at the Aspen Institute in Tanzania. Prior to law school, Colette was Humanity in Action Fellow, worked with the United Nations at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia, and explored journalism with International Bridges to Justice in the Philippines. As an undergraduate, she studied political science at Middlebury College. Colette will be working at Sidley Austin’s Trade Group in DC this summer.


Erum Sattar, Co-Founder (
Erum Sattar is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School and the President of the Harvard South Asia Student Group the first University-wide student organization recognized by Harvard University. Erum works with the Harvard South Asia Institute on its Pakistan track and will serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Asia Quarterly. For the past year, she served as the Head South Asia Editor to strengthen the publication’s engagement with South Asia’s current affairs. A Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, Erum believes in the human potential to solve the world’s most intractable problems. This belief drives her deep commitment to the new ways of thinking and doing that the Pakistan Innovation Network she helped co-found at Harvard’s South Asia Institute (SAI-PIN) is helping enable in youth and decision-makers across Pakistan and South Asia more broadly. Erum’s doctoral research at Harvard focuses on the institutional architecture of development. Her work focuses on exploring the linkages between the structures of Pakistan’s rural agricultural economy based on the control of water and land resources in the Indus river system along with a focus on trans-boundary water sharing in the Indus Basin.