Aiko Shimizu’s career spans several sectors, including the private, public and non-profit sectors across the United States, Japan and Germany. She is currently responsible for international affairs at Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. She leads the company’s efforts to establish strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, including national governments, municipalities and startups to promote sustainable and smart mobility solutions. She also provides macroeconomic and political risk analysis as well as market intelligence for the company. In addition to her fellowship with the Atlantic Council, she is a Salzburg Global Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to Daimler, Ms. Shimizu worked on various international issues, including security, sustainability, energy and disaster risk management at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, United Nations and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. She has also held fellowships at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Mansfield Foundation and the East-West Center in Washington. Ms. Shimizu received her graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Chicago.