Karina Fernandez-Stark was a Senior Research Analyst at the Duke GVC Center (2008 until early 2019) and continues to collaborate with GVCC researchers. She has led several research projects related to economic development and competitiveness in Latin America and other regions of the world. She has consulted for the African Development Bank, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNCTAD and the World Bank, amongst others. She has published several research reports and articles on industrial upgrading and social and economic development. Publications include “The Offshore Services Value Chain: Developing Countries and the Crisis,” in Global Value Chains in a Post-crisis World: A Development Perspective (The World Bank, 2010), The Offshore Services Value Chain: Upgrading Trajectories in Developing Countries (International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2011), Inclusion of Small and Medium Producers in High Value Agro Chains (Inter-American Development Bank, 2013), and Connecting Local Producers to Regional and Global Value Chains (OECD, 2013). In addition, Karina designed and developed a Global Value Chains manual in Spanish for economic development researchers in Latin America and has co-facilitated Global Value Chains workshops in Latin America and Africa.