Mirvat Sewadeh

Assistant Director for Communications


Mirvat joined ERS in May 2014 as the Assistant Director for Communications at the Market and Trade Economics Division. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Division's communications strategy and oversees the dissemination of various data products released by the Division.


Prior to joining ERS, Mirvat worked as a consultant on international trade issues for the World Bank and USAID. She conducted research and analysis on trade policy issues including the impact of food safety and environmental standards on trade, and environmental sustainability in the agriculture export sector. In addition to research, she worked extensively on communications and knowledge management in the context of economics.

Mirvat began her career as a reporter for the Associated Press in the Middle East and later served as associate editor at Inside Washington Publishers in Washington, D.C., where she covered environmental policy in the United States.


Mirvat holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies, an M.B.A. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and B.A. in English Literature from the University of Jordan.

Selected Publications

Sewadeh, M., and S. Jaffee, eds. 2015. “Shades of Green: Multi-stakeholder initiatives to reduce environmental footprint of commercial agriculture,” Washington, DC: World Bank.

Ozden, C., and M. Sewadeh. 2012. “Migration of Physicians in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Human Resources in Health in Africa, Foucault & R. Scheffler, eds. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Ozden, C., and M. Sewadeh. 2010. “How Important is Migration?” Poor Half Billion in South Asia, E. Ghani, ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Jaffee, S., H. Spencer, M. Sewadeh, and L. Ignacio. 2005. “Agricultural Exports: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries’ Exports,” Washington, DC: World Bank.

Beghin, J., N. Diop, and M. Sewadeh. 2004. “Groundnut Policies, Global Trade Dynamics, and the Impact of Trade Liberalization,” Global Agricultural Trade and Developing Countries, J. Beghin, and A. Aksoy, eds. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Wilson, J., M. Sewadeh, and T. Otsuki. 2004. “Dirty exports and environmental regulation: do standards matter to trade?” Working Paper Series 2086, Washington, DC: World Bank.

Wilson, J., T. Otsuki, and M. Sewadeh. 2002. “Measuring the Effect of Food Safety Standards on African Exports to Europe," Economics of Quarantine and the SPS Agreement, K. Anderson, C. McRae, and D. Wilson, eds. Adelaide/Canberra, Australia: Centre for International Economic Studies/Adelaide and AFFA Biosecurity Australia.

Wilson, J., T. Otsuki, and M. Sewadeh. 2001. "What Price Precaution? European Harmonization of Aflatoxin Regulations and African Food Exports,” European Review of Agricultural Economics 28: 263-284.

Wilson, J., T. Otsuki, and M. Sewadeh. 2001. "Saving Two in a Billion: Quantifying the Trade Effect of European Food Safety Standards on African Exports," Food Policy 26: 20-38.