Contributors

Since its founding 26 years ago, World Trade Press has been a leading authority on the topics of international trade, international travel, and world cultures. The majority of our content (about 85 percent) is proprietary to World Trade Press. It is the result of collaboration between our in-house editorial staff and an international team of writers and topic experts, who are recruited based on their research skill and first-hand knowledge of a given topic. Where applicable, an attribution at the end of an article credits the writer or researcher. An attribution is considered impractical when many individuals contribute over time to the initial creation and subsequent updates of a single article. See below for profiles of our current in-house editorial staff and international writing team. A portion of our content (about 15 percent) comes from reliable public domain sources or is reproduced with permission from top-tier international organizations. Reproducing this material in the same products with our proprietary content serves our clients by uniting valuable information in one accessible location. The sources for this information are listed on each applicable page.

Publisher

Edward G. Hinkelman

Edward G. Hinkelman
Edward G. Hinkelman

Edward G. Hinkelman is an international economist with degrees from Tufts University and the University of Paris, and is the CEO/Publisher of World Trade Press. Mr. Hinkelman has more than 30 years' experience as an importer and exporter, and has traveled to and done business in more than 80 countries. He is the author of the industry standard Dictionary of International Trade, now in its twelfth edition, and three other industry reference books. Mr. Hinkelman has been a member of the National District Export Council and a visiting lecturer on trade-related subjects at the University of Michigan, Tufts University, San Francisco State University, numerous TEC (The Executive Committee, now known as Vistage) meetings, and other industry programs and seminars.

Ed loves to travel the world and savor its varied cuisines: street pad Thai in Bangkok, ceviche in Mexico, Shanghai dumplings, French bouillabaisse, Japanese sushi, Indian dal with naan, Russian borscht, Argentine lomo, San Francisco cioppino, Italian seafood linguine, and North African lamb coucous are just a few dishes that come to mind.

Project Managers

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst
Jenny Fretland VanVoorst

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst is the managing editor at World Trade Press. In addition to her work developing large-scale research databases, she is a writer and editor specializing in educational nonfiction and has written (under her own name and several pseudonyms) more than 100 informational books for readers of all ages. She is an alumna of the University of Minnesota, where she received graduate degrees in English and curriculum and instruction. When she's not reading or writing, Jenny enjoys kayaking, watching wildlife, and learning to play new musical instruments. She is an avid home cook who enjoys recreating favorite dishes from her travels using local ingredients. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan—the Cherry Capital of the World—with her husband, Brian, and their two wonderful pets.

Editorial Team

Brielle Burt

Brielle Burt
Brielle Burt

Brielle Burt was born and raised in Northern Michigan where she earned a bachelor’s degree in technical and professional communication from Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Having worked at several newspapers as a reporter, copy editor, and page designer, Brielle’s background is mostly in journalism. She started working for World Trade Press as a freelance writer at the beginning of 2018 before being hired as a full-time writer and editor in July 2018. She enjoys cooking for her family.

Felicia Topp

Felicia Topp
Felicia Topp

Felicia Topp is a native of Traverse City, Michigan, and enjoys the relaxed lifestyle and beauty of all four seasons. Her love of writing, reading, and current events led to a BA in journalism from Michigan State University. She’s worked as a communications specialist for nonprofits and marketing firms and done freelance writing for area companies and publications, including work as a restaurant and book reviewer. Her growing interest in food was sparked by trips to Norway and Hawaii, with culinary highlights including green papaya salad from a food truck on the North Shore of Oahu, and the islands’ raw fish dish, poke. Her work at World Trade Press satisfies her curious nature and her quest for knowledge.

David Warfield

David Warfield
David Warfield

David Clayton Warfield is a native Midwesterner. He holds a BA from Xavier University, where he majored in English and minored in jazz. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and graphic designer. In his time off, David is a lifestyle Luddite and champion of the analog, inefficient, and obsolete.

Elizabeth Freitas

Elizabeth Freitas
Elizabeth Freitas

Elizabeth Freitas was the Senior Manager of Linguistic Resources at World Trade Press. She earned her BA in English and German at Hillsdale College, then earned a CELTA from St. Giles College and a teaching credential from Sonoma State University. Her travels have brought her through the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica, including a stint living and teaching English in Cairo. She is conversant in Dutch, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Some of her favorite foods are tom khaful mudammas, salted licorice, mushroom matar, and bacalhau com natas

Hope Kang

Hope Kang
Hope Kang

Hope Kang was the Senior Manager of Editorial Development at World Trade Press. She earned her BA in Spanish language and literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked as a copywriter and editor for Motorola, as a technical line editor for Free World U, and as an editor in the graphics department at NASA. For United Healthcare, she authored articles on mental health, parenting, and elder care. Conversant in French and Spanish, Hope Kang has lived in Spain, and her favorite travel destinations include Roskilde, Denmark; Glasgow, Scotland; and Israel.

Brian Arnell

Brian Arnell is a publishing professional with 14 years' experience in editorial, product development, and management roles for several digital information companies. A US native, he has spent much of his adult life abroad, including residencies in the UK and Australia and travel and research in Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. He holds a master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and a master's degree in publishing and communications from the University of Melbourne.

Dorine Jennette

Dorine Jennette holds a PhD in English from the University of Georgia. She has edited creative and scholarly works for the University of Georgia Press, the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the Fordham University Press. She is an editor of the American Poetry Journal, and has previously held editorial positions with Puerto del Soland the Georgia Review. Dorine Jennette is the author of Urchin to Follow; her poetry and prose have appeared in journals such as Verse Daily, the Journal, Ninth Letter, Coconut, and the New Orleans Review. Her travels abroad include trips to Mexico, Italy, and Costa Rica.

Jennifer Goheen

Jennifer Goheen earned her BA with honors in Russian language and literature from Oberlin College, and her MA in English from San Francisco State University. Her love of language is intimately connected with her love of travel. Fluent in Russian, French, and German, she has translated works from French and Russian into English. She has edited in subject areas and material categories ranging from engineering, education, and history to narratives, advertisements, cover blurbs, and company profiles. Among her favorite travel destinations are Sète, France; Skara Brae, Scotland; Emeishan and the Great Buddha of Le Shan in Sichuan, China; and the Bristlecone Pine Forest of California, USA.

Nina Bellucci

Nina Bellucci has editorial experience in the fields of international business, urban planning and architecture, and the law. She holds a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in political science, and a master's degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Some of her favorite travel destinations include Spain and the UK.

Editorial Assistants

Caitlin Phillips
Emilie Hechanova
Graham Bates
Jennifer Kern
Jennifer Shannon
Jo Ann Gleason
Joanna Lamstein
Kathleen Escamilla
KC Moore
Kristen Johnson
Lisana De la Torre
Madison Cobos
Miranda Jilka
Olivia Powers
Rachel Rapp
Samantha Stronge
Maggie Ryan
Simone Yingst
Rykkee D. Owen
Emily Poore
Andrew Ward Rathkopf
Jessica Rose
Laura Anne Tupper
Mimi Yuen
Deanna S. Colombo
J. Haley Campbell
Dawn Carroll
Dimitri Nicholson
Kalie Kreischer

Contributors

Jennifer Williamson

Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson

Jennifer Williamson is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from St. Lawrence University. Jennifer owns a mobile freelance business, and has traveled and worked in many areas of the world, including the Netherlands, Crete, the UK, France, Belgium, and Kenya. She writes website copy, brochures, e-mail marketing messages, and other marketing collateral—and has helped clients from countries as diverse as China, the UK, France, and South Africa adapt their marketing messages to an American audience. You can see more of her work at catalystwriters.com.

A. Cotham

A. Cotham
A. Cotham

A. Cotham earned her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written and edited materials for publications such as Sacramento Magazine and Solano Magazine, and for organizations such as the University of California health care system. Based in Sacramento, California, A. Cotham currently concentrates on travel writing, environmental writing, and technical editing.

Alex Colgan

Alex Colgan
Alex Colgan

Alex Colgan is a freelance writer and editor from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He holds an undergraduate degree in English and political science from St. Mary's University in Halifax, and is completing a master's program in social and political thought from the University of Regina. He writes mainly as an Internet copywriter and content developer, and has also written articles for local and national magazines, including This magazine. Alex is also the current editor of Coastal Life magazine.

Anthon Jackson

Anthon Jackson
Anthon Jackson

Born in Ogden, Utah, Anthon Jackson has written professionally since 2008. In 20 years abroad, he has traveled to 60 countries. In addition to World Trade Press, Anthon has written for Rough GuidesUSA TodayTrails, and Travels, while documenting a range of journeys, from Adventure Journey's "20,000 Miles in Asia" to the Royal Geographic Society-sponsored "Oxford Danakil Expedition." He holds a bachelor's degree in Middle East studies/Arabic and is based in Aarhus, Denmark.

Dale Meyers

Dale Meyers
Dale Meyers

Dale Myers is a journalist, travel writer, and novelist from Ventura, California. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dale has been an editor at Marin Scope Newspapers, a senior editor at InfoWorld in San Francisco, and the managing editor of MotorHome magazine. He has traveled extensively in Mexico, Hawaii, and Europe, particularly Italy, and speaks Italian.

Heather Thielen

Heather Thielen
Heather Thielen

Heather Thielen received a bachelor's degree in painting in 2002, then worked in art restoration at a Russian art gallery, where she also wrote articles and managed a website covering Russian art. She moved to Florence, Italy, in 2007, where she learned Italian, worked as a tour guide, and taught English. Heather now lives and works in Southern California.

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard
Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard holds a bachelor's degree in French and another in interdisciplinary fine arts from St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota), a Diploma of French Studies from Université de Rennes II (Rennes, France), and a master's degree in French and Francophone Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She's been fortunate to travel throughout more than 20 countries on four continents. Jen's work can be found in numerous academic journals, reference books, essay collections, and anthologies published by Liverpool University Press, Pencraft International Press, ABC-CLIO, and Greenwood Press. She is the owner of a freelance writing, editing, and French translation company, www.luciditewriting.com.

Jessica Kirby

Jessica Kirby
Jessica Kirby

Jessica Kirby holds a bachelor's degree from Vancouver Island University. A double major, she focused her creative writing program on creative nonfiction and journalism; in anthropology, she focused on peace and conflict studies and the Middle East. She has completed original research exploring how journalism is represented cross-culturally, and wrote a series of biographies capturing the stories of people who have survived violent conflict in different geographical and cultural areas. Jessica has worked as a freelance and in-house editor and writer for more than 15 years, covering business, arts and culture, construction, architecture, sustainable living, and cross-cultural studies in magazines, books, and professional journals published across North America. Jessica is from Ontario, Canada, but has called beautiful Vancouver Island home since 1998.

John E. Roper

John E. Roper
John E. Roper

John E. Roper was born and raised in Oklahoma, and has spent most of his adult life overseas. In addition to visiting many countries, he has lived in Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Japan, and Italy. While earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma, John began working as a freelance writer. He has written for several print publications, including the Daily Oklahoman and the Arizona Republic, as well as for a wide range of digital platforms, such as USAToday.com, Hotels.com, Salon.com, and Trails.com. He currently writes reviews for The US Review of Books and Breakpoint.org. John's three-act play When I Was Five has been performed on three continents.

Kerrie Main

Kerrie Main
Kerrie Main

Kerrie Main is a writer, editor, and traveler. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Southwest Texas State University, and her work experience spans a number of roles and industries. Beginning her career as an advertising copywriter, she later created and managed an online community for an international meeting planning association.

Libby Zay

Libby Zay
Libby Zay

Libby Zay is a Baltimore-based writer with a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in popular culture studies and women's studies. She has contributed to three Latin American guidebooks for V!VA Travel Guides, helped launch mobile travel apps for EveryTrail and TripAdvisor, spent two years writing news stories for AOL Travel, and worked as a guide for City's Best. Follow her adventures at the Huffington Post travel site, Gadling.

Ocean Malandra

Ocean Malandra
Ocean Malandra

Ocean Malandra is a freelance travel writer who divides his time between Northern California and South America. After studying broadcast journalism at the City College of San Francisco, he majored in English at Portland State University. Ocean is currently the guide to San Francisco Travel on About.com, has contributed to several Viva Travel Guidebooks, and has written for many different travel-related sites, including USA Today's Travel Tips and Trails.com. He is also a health researcher and writer and runs several blogs related to natural health.

Paul Giess

Paul Giess
Paul Giess

Paul Giess has a doctorate from the University of London and is a former lecturer in the environmental sciences. His research considered the environmental impact of emissions from the UK nuclear program and was funded by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. Paul has written widely on environmental issues and the public understanding of science. For many years he produced a topical science column for the Express & Star, the UK's most widely circulated regional newspaper. Currently living in Cape Town, South Africa, Paul has extensive travel experience in both Europe and Africa, and contributes to numerous travel websites and blogs. He also continues to write for selected publications in the UK and Africa, as well as providing academic proofreading for clients in Asia.

Simon Hodgson

Simon Hodgson
Simon Hodgson

Simon Hodgson was born in Scotland and now lives in San Francisco with his wife and son. After completing a master's degree program in history from Edinburgh University, Simon got his first job as a staff writer on an IT business newswire. He's also been a television listings editor, a housing magazine editor, and a freelance writer, writing about travel, business, education, movies, and art. Simon is currently the editorial director of Daily Secret, an international subscriber service that tells people about amazing things in cities across five continents. He has traveled widely across Western Europe, and spent time in Montenegro, Lithuania, Borneo, Georgia, and Kashmir.

Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes holds a bachelor's degree (Hons) in English and American literature from the University of East Anglia (UK), a program that included a semester of study at the London School of Economics. He is now studying for a doctorate at Goldsmiths College, University of London, focusing on Southeast Asian travel literature. Tom has published travel journalism in the London Daily Telegraph, the London Magazine, the Bristol Review of Books, the Philippine Free Press, and various in-flight magazines. He is the co-editor of 4 travel anthologies that have sold 20,000 copies. The first, No Such Thing as a Free Ride? was published by Cassell Illustrated and serialized in the London Times. Tom has traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. Learn more about him at www.tomgsykes.co.uk.

Darrin McGraw

Darrin McGraw
Darrin McGraw

Darrin McGraw previously served as the Writing Director for the Culture, Art and Technology program at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He has skied through the middle of town in northern Sweden, dodged bicycles in China, run from hungry baboons in South Africa, and crashed an archaeological dig in Israel. His fiction includes the novels in the Animal Future science fiction series — learn more at darrinmcgraw.com.

Developers

Darren Wiltse

Darren Wiltse is a back end developer at World Trade Press. His responsibilities include managing the databases, working on the CMS, and handling customer service needs. He enjoys writing code in new and challenging ways. Prior to joining the WTP team, Darren obtained a BS in computer science from Michigan Technological University. In his free time, Darren enjoys eating pizza four days a week. He hopes that this database will help users also eat pizza four days a week.

Ben Ventura

Ben Ventura is the former Director of Software Engineering at World Trade Press. Ben studied Computer Science at Sonoma State University, and has over fifteen years of experience building websites, content management systems, ecommerce platforms and cloud applications.

Dean Tisthammer

Dean Tisthammer
Dean Tisthammer

Dean Tisthammer is a former Full-Stack Developer at World Trade Press. He has a BA in Geographic Information Technology from Sonoma State University in California, and has over ten years of experience designing and developing web sites with a focus on user interfaces and interactive elements.

Law Firms

ACZALAW Guatemala, S.A.

ACZALAW Guatemala, S.A.
ACZALAW Guatemala, S.A.

ACZALAW Guatemala, S.A. has provided corporate law services since 2000. The firm's partners have broad experience in foreign investment counsel in the following areas: business law with an emphasis in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), labor law with an emphasis in treating labor matters and M&A, and tax law with an emphasis in M&A, with specialty in foreign investment regarding restructuring business (franchises, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, licenses, representation and distribution agreements and project finance); purchase and sale of assets of any nature.

Lidings

Lidings
Lidings

Lidings is a leading Russian law firm, dedicated to advising foreign companies on all aspects of Russian law. Founded in 2006 and initially specializing in real estate, corporate and commercial law, and arbitration and litigation, the firm's offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg now comprise more than 20 lawyers providing specialist advice across nine dedicated practice areas.The professionalism of Lidings' lawyers, the quality of their work, and their commitment to client service are regularly acknowledged by international rating agencies as well as the firm's clients. The international directory Legal 500 recognized Lidings as "a firm working to international standards," and acknowledged its niche position in advising foreign companies investing in Russia. Lidings is a member of the International Lawyers Network, an association of 91 high-quality, full-service law firms from 66 countries, comprising more than 5,000 lawyers worldwide.

Moshe Kahn Law Firm

Moshe Kahn Law Firm
Moshe Kahn Law Firm

Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Moshe Kahn Law Firm is a specialist law firm providing a full range of legal services in most areas of business law. We provide representation in sophisticated corporate, commercial, and real estate transactions and in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution proceedings. Over the years, the Moshe Kahn Law Firm has gained significant experience providing services to many leading international and local companies. We have extensive international expertise representing foreign clients in Israel as well as local companies abroad, and in dealing with cross-border transactions. Our clientele consists of both large and small firms, from start-ups to leading international corporations, in a broad range of industries. Our solid expertise and experience combined with our individual approach ensure that our clients enjoy superior, results-oriented legal solutions provided with personal attention. Our attorneys are ready to assist you in all areas of business, corporate, and commercial law.

Organizations

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young (web: www.ey.com) is one of the largest professional service firms in the world. Ernst & Young Global Limited is an international organization of independent member firms in more than 140 countries worldwide. Although the firm is best known to the general public for its tax and audit services, it also provides advisory and consulting services related to risk management, assurance, corporate development and transactions, and strategic growth.

World Bank

World Bank (web: www.worldbank.org) is an integrated group of international institutions that provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries. The World Bank Group consists of five organizations:

  • The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) lends to governments of middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries.
  • The International Development Association (IDA) provides interest-free loans—called credits— and grants to governments of the poorest countries.
  • The International Finance Corporation (IFC) provides loans, equity, and technical assistance to stimulate private sector investment in developing countries.
  • The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) provides guarantees against losses caused by non-commercial risks to investors in developing countries.
  • The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) provides international facilities for conciliation and arbitration of investment disputes.

World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organization (WTO) (web: www.wto.org) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The WTO provides a forum for reducing obstacles to international trade and ensuring a level playing field for all, thus contributing to economic growth and development. At the organization's heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.