Karina Fernandez-Strack

Duke Center for International Development

Karina Fernandez-Stark is an international consultant and a Senior Fellow at the Duke Center for International Development, who has led numerous research projects related to economic development and competitiveness around the world. She has consulted for the ECLAC, Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNCTAD and the World Bank, amongst others. Together with Gary Gereffi, Karina authored the highly cited book “The Global Value Chain Analysis: A Primer”. She has published several books, research reports and articles on industrial upgrading and social and economic development. Her areas of expertise cover a wide range of economic sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, mining and services. In addition, she is an expert in policy development for trade, competitiveness, skills development, gender and SMEs. Her research continuously brings a policy focus advising country governments in different continents. Karina has conducted Global Value Chains workshops in Africa, Asia and the Americas. She designed and developed a GVC manual in Spanish for economic development researchers in Latin America. Karina is a Chilean who holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Duke University.

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Jan 30, 2024

“Sustainable global supply chains in times of geopolitical crises” Annual Report 2023

The overarching topic of this year's report is "The Role of Geopolitics in Global Supply Chains", highlighting ways in which recent geopolitical and geo-economic developments are shaping and influencing current debates and policy processes around global supply chains (GSCs). Following...


Sep 26, 2023
Penny Bamber, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Oswaldo Molina

Innovation and competitiveness in the copper-mining GVC: developing local suppliers in Peru

Although Peru is one of the main producers of copper worldwide, the domestic industry has not yet fully taken advantage of the potential that the exploitation of this commodity offers. This paper explores the opportunities and challenges that Peruvian suppliers face in their insertion into the minin...


Oct 21, 2023
Penny Bamber & Karina Fernandez-Stark

Digital Technologies in the Mining GVCs: A Path to Reduce Gender Gaps in the Industry

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