Leadership

BOARD, OFFICERS AND STANDING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES

PRESIDENT, Emily Beline
PRESIDENT-ELECT, Vanessa Sciarra
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, Andrea Durkin

TREASURER, Sarah Schradin
ASSISTANT TREASURER, Colleen Litkenhaus
SECRETARY, Orisia Gammell
ASSISTANT SECRETARY, Alex Rosen

CO-VICE PRESIDENTS OF PROGRAMMING, Caitlin Hickey & Moushami Joshi
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING, Nicole Henry 

VICE PRESIDENTS OF MEMBERSHIP
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP
, Kathi Lunardi
INDIVIDUAL, GOVERNMENT & ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIP, Eva Hampl
DIPLOMATIC MEMBERSHIP, Abigail Hunter 
TRADE ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP, Darah Phillip
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CO-VICE PRESIDENTS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Barbara Weisel & Andrea Durkin
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Merhawit Hailu

CO-VICE PRESIDENTS OF SPECIAL EVENTS, Kim Yaeger & Chynna Hawes

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, WIIT WEEKLY, Natalie Kamphaus
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WIIT COMMUNIQUE, Kathryn Kobe 
PHOTOGRAPHER, Elli Nesbitt
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA, Savannah Haeger

VICE PRESIDENT OF ELECTIONS, Patricia Wu
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF ELECTIONS, Katherine Nunner 

RETURNING MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Hera Abbasi
Emily Beline
Andrea Durkin
Erin Ennis
Gizem Eras
Megan Funkhouser
Safiya Ghori-Ahmad
Tina Potuto Kimble
Aiko Lane
Vanessa P. Sciarra

NEW MEMBERS OF THE BOARD 
Kelly Ann Shaw
Brenda Brockman Smith
Maria Zieba

GENERAL COUNSEL, Barbara D. Linney

OWIT REPRESENTATIVE, Thamar Harrigan
ALTERNATE LIAISON, Judy Zakreski

WIIT TRUST CHAIR, Lisa Schroeter
 


Emily Beline is a Senior Attorney for International Regulatory Affairs with FedEx.  In this capacity, she represents FedEx in regulatory and trade matters with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.  Emily advocates for FedEx before various U.S. government agencies, international fora, and collaboratively with other industry stakeholders.  

Emily joins FedEx after several years with the U.S. Federal Government. From 2013 until 2016 Emily worked in Regulations & Rulings, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs & Border Protection.  There, she authored binding administrative decisions on customs and trade laws, including tariff classification, eligibility for preference under the NAFTA and other free trade agreements, country of origin, marking, and labeling, as well as penalties.  After CBP, Emily was an Attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance with the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.  During her tenure, she counseled her client on the enforcement and administration of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws and defended the agency before the U.S. Court of International Trade.  

Prior to joining the U.S. Federal Government, Emily was a Trade Policy Officer with the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. As a representative of the Government of Canada in the United States, Emily provided legal, technical, and strategic analysis on matters involving customs and trade to Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S., governmental officials in Ottawa, Members of Parliament, and key Canadian industry stakeholders.  

A dual-citizen with Canada, Emily grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with a focus on International Business & Trade.  Emily now lives on Capitol Hill with her husband Tom, and is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan – especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Vanessa Sciarra is Vice President for Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), an organization of leading U.S.-based international business enterprises representing all major sectors of the economy.  In this role, she advises NFTC member companies on a wide variety of issues, including trade agreements, customs facilitation, tariff policy and congressional affairs.
 
Prior to joining NFTC, she worked at the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT) and spent 20 years in private practice, representing a diverse group of clients on a broad range of international trade matters. Ms. Sciarra has served as Assistant General Counsel with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) where she worked on the negotiation and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the negotiation of the WTO agreements and the related implementing bill. She was also a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the government in cases involving antidumping and countervailing duty laws, customs matters, and government contracts.
 
Ms. Sciarra is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and resides with her husband and three children in Rockville, Maryland.

Andrea Durkin is the Principal of Sparkplug, LLC, and Founder of Consensus Learning, an innovative digital tool to teach negotiation skills. She serves as an advisor to the Economic Growth team at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and as a Non- Resident Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


Andrea managed a global government relations team at Abbott, having previously served as a U.S. Government trade negotiator with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

She has proudly taught International Trade and Investment Policy since 2006 as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program. She was recently president of Women in International Trade and continues to serve on the board.


Sarah Schradin is Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs for Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. In this position, Sarah advocates on behalf of Chubb’s interests before Congress, the Administration and diplomatic community on issues ranging from trade to cybersecurity.

Sarah has contributed to the successful passage of key legislative measures, including the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority legislation, U.S. trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). She successfully led the business community's social media campaign in support of USMCA's passage, resulting in over 420,000 posts using the hashtag, #USMCAnow. A huge advocate for increasing services trade, she co-chairs the Congressional Committee for the Coalition of Services Industries (CSI). 
 
Sarah holds a Master’s degree from American University and a Bachelor’s degree from Geneva College. 
 
Colleen Litkenhaus has an extensive federal government background having held high level positions at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, and the White House. She currently serves as the Sr. Director for Dow Inc. in Washington, DC.
 
Prior to Dow, Ms. Litkenhaus was Director of Protocol at Georgetown University.  In addition to Georgetown and her public service, Ms. Litkenhaus also was a member of the Bush-Cheney national presidential campaign and transition. She began her career in Washington twenty-five years ago working for Ashland Inc. 
 
Ms. Litkenhaus is the Assistant Treasurer for the Association of Women in International Trade and a member of the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network Council. She has an M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the ESADE Business School and a B.A. in Russian and Eastern Studies and Political Science from the University of Kentucky. 

Orisia Gammell is Chief Legal Counsel, U.S. Export Control at SAP.  In this role, she serves as a legal advisor and subject matter expert on U.S. export control and sanctions laws applicable to SAP activities worldwide. Her responsibilities include formulating and implementing SAP global corporate policies and strategies, managing SAP’s global export control and trade sanctions compliance program, training stakeholders on export control and sanctions obligations, collaborating with SAP legal teams on contract negotiations, pre-acquisition due diligence and post-merger integration, and advising operations and compliance teams regarding U.S. export control and sanctions laws. Prior to joining SAP, Ms. Gammell was in private practice, focusing on a wide array of international trade matters. She worked with companies of all sizes in a variety of industries, advising on import, export and sanctions compliance, developing comprehensive, multi-faceted global compliance programs, and training business stakeholders worldwide.
 
Alexandra (Alex) Rosen serves as Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and is responsible for garnering Congressional support for issues important to the trucking industry on Capitol Hill. She lobbies Members of Congress on topics related to trade, homeland security, labor, defense, and workforce development, among other things. She recently established ATA’s inaugural Law Enforcement Advisory Board and manages a cohort of current and former law enforcement officers across the country. Alex previously served as ATA’s Manager of Customs, Immigration, and Cross-Border Operations, where she focused on international trade policy and played an integral role in ATA’s advocacy efforts related to ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA). Prior to joining ATA, Alex served on the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives, and specialized in transportation and border security. She currently serves as a representative of the trucking industry on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee. Alex graduated summa cum laude from Bucknell University, and received her master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University. 

Moushami Joshi is an attorney in the trade law practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and advises sovereign governments and private clients in all aspects of international trade law with an emphasis on trade remedies and WTO disputes, law and policy.
 
Moushami advises clients including sovereign governments on domestic trade remedy proceedings including trade remedy litigation before the Court of International Trade, WTO disputes and works on FCPA compliance issues. She has practiced for several years in India and in that capacity, represented and advised the Government of India in WTO disputes and exporters and importers in Indian trade remedy cases spanning a number of industries such as rubber chemicals, solar cells, capital and telecom equipment and pharmaceuticals. She advised the government of India on a host of issues including agricultural subsidies, local content requirements, intellectual property rights and trade in transit.
 
Moushami is the Co-VP of Programming and Co-chair of the WTO Section at the Association of Women in International Trade. She is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, DC and India.

Nicole Henry is a Legislative Aid for Senator Gary Peters, specializing in trade, technology, and telecommunications policy. Prior to her time in the Senate, Nicole spent several years as a member of the executive team at CTIA, where she focused on telecommunications and technology policy. Nicole has also worked on several congressional and state political campaigns.
 
In addition to serving as the AVP of Programming at WIIT, Nicole is the Co-Chair of the Telecom, Tech, and IP Task Force at Women in Government Relations and an Executive Committee Member for The Hellenic Initiative.

Kathi Lunardi is an organizational wunderkind with a knack for knowing and delivering on client needs; she pairs wide experience in the corporate and non-profit world with a passion for perfect events.





Abigail Hunter is the governmental affairs attachée for Québec's Government Office in Washington. In this role, she manages Québec’s outreach and engagement with the U.S. federal government on issues of importance to province. These range from trade disputes to energy and environment. She also manages Québec’s stakeholder relations in DC and animates this network to advance Québec-U.S. relations. 
 
Previously, Abigail led international affairs for the National Governors Association. There she launched the international program for the association and its members. The NGA Global program connected governors to their counterparts abroad and other foreign officials and stakeholders to foster international collaborations on energy, infrastructure, education and public health issues. The program also deepened trade and investment ties and supported state economic development. 
 
Abigail will be a Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy candidate at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies starting in August 2021. She received her Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University with a double major International Management and Managing for Sustainability in 2016. Born in Toronto and growing up in New Jersey, Abigail is a proud dual citizen and conflicted hockey fan. 

Darah Phillip is a Manager of Trade and Investment at the International Technology and Trade Associates, Inc, where she supports ITTA’s clients on international trade and investment promotion and export control issues. Her work covers developments in US-China relations, major international trade negotiations, US tariffs and tariff investigations, sanctions policy, and export control and promotion. Darah’s areas of expertise include US-Japan relations, security in the Indo-Pacific, and US-Asia economic relations.

Before joining ITTA, Darah worked at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA as a Research Assistant, where she supported Sasakawa USA’s tabletop exercises and research programs on US-Japan security relations. She holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Wellesley College. 

Barbara Weisel is a Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors, an international economic policy advisory firm, where she focuses on international trade and investment policy and negotiations as well as market access, regulatory matters, and digital trade issues.
 
Ms. Weisel has more than 25 years of experience advancing international trade and investment initiatives in the Asia-Pacific.  She served most recently as Assistant US Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and as the US chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  In addition, Ms. Weisel led bilateral FTA negotiations with Malaysia and Thailand, and as Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Bilateral Asian Affairs (Korea, Southeast Asia, and South Asia), negotiated FTAs with Australia and Singapore.  She also was charged with monitoring and enforcing Asian countries’ compliance with their World Trade Organization and other trade commitments and working with US companies to resolve specific issues in these markets. Earlier, Ms. Weisel served as the official responsible for managing global pharmaceutical regulatory issues and as Director for Japan Affairs.
 
Before joining USTR, she worked at the State Department from 1984-1994, serving in a variety of positions, including as international economist on Japan, the Persian Gulf, and North Africa.
 
Ms. Weisel earned two masters’ degrees from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude).

Merhawit Hailu is Portfolio Accounting Manager currently working for a private Real Estate company, managing both commercial and residential properties.  My work experience has been focused in financial management and property management accounts.

Most recently served as the African Affairs Committee Member for United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA).  Organized a roundtable focused on the health infrastructure currently in place and lessons learned post Ebola impacts with the collaboration of George Mason University. 

Previously served as an Advisory Board Member for a non-profit organization in Manitoba, Canada. Prior to my involvement to with UNA-NCA, I volunteered at an annual event held by the World Bank here in Washington, DC focus on youth and technology around the world.
 

Kim Yaeger joined the US-ASEAN Business Council in 2013 and is currently Senior Director leading the Council’s five maritime Southeast Asia country teams, in addition to working on the Energy and ICT portfolios. During her time at the Council she has led the development of the Indonesia ICT Consultative Forum, the Council’s first Human Capital Forum held in Singapore, and helped to reinstate regular business missions to Laos. Additionally, she has also grown the Council’s relationship with the U.S. State Department’s Young Southeast Leaders Initiative and served as a U.S. delegate to the inaugural ASEAN Young Leaders Summit in 2015 alongside the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to joining the Council, Kim spent several years working in the nonprofit sector, including the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. She also worked as an English teacher for Potisarn Pittayakorn School, a public secondary school in Bangkok, where she first fell in love with the region. Kim received an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at American University and holds a B.S. in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University.

Chynna Hawes is a senior manager with USCBC’s government affairs team where she tracks and advises member companies on US policy developments that might impact the US-China commercial relationship. She joined USCBC in 2018 as a Business Advisory Services manager covering the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and medical device portfolio, as well as the intellectual property portfolio. Prior to joining USCBC, Chynna lived in China for eight years. After completing a two-year Master’s degree in Nanjing, from 2012 to 2018, Chynna worked in Shanghai in the communications industry helping major multinationals and Fortune 500 companies promote and protect their corporate reputations. 

Chynna has a MA in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University School for Advanced International Studies, completed in Mandarin, and a BA from Middlebury College. She is professionally fluent in Mandarin Chinese. 

 

Natalie Kamphaus is Manager of International Trade Policy at PACCAR Inc. She previously served as Legislative Director & Counsel to former Congressman Dave Reichert of Washington state. Natalie earned her law degree from Campbell University and has a Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College.





Kathryn Kobe is a senior economist with ION Economics, LLC. Her research responsibilities include analyzing trade data, industry and company financial data and documents in support of litigation; analyzing data for countervailing duty calculations: constructing cost impact models of industries or companies and using statistical techniques to analyze the results. She has testified on 337 economic matters at the U.S. International Trade Commission, testified in interest and rights arbitrations and testified on economic issues before the Postal Regulatory Commission.  Prior to joining ION, she was a senior economist at Economic Consulting Services and she was Vice President and Chief Economist for Joel Popkin and Company.   She has served on the board of WIIT and is currently the editor of WIIT’s Communique as well as serving on the WIIT finance committee; she also serves as secretary/treasurer to the Women in Logistics and Delivery Services Council.

Savannah Haeger is currently a sr. communications specialist with FedEx and the company’s D.C.-based Global Public Affairs & Advocacy team. In this role, she focuses on international policy issues and sustainability. Previously, Savannah worked at the Institute of International Finance where she managed the organization’s social media presence, worked with international financial media, and supported executive communications as a member of the IIF’s corporate communications team. She began her career at the public affairs firm Hamilton Place Strategies, working with clients on trade, transportation, and finance policy issues. Savannah holds a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Davidson College and appreciates every opportunity she gets to practice her Spanish and Portuguese.
   
Photograph of Patricia L. WuPatricia Wu is the vice president and managing director of C&M International, a global government relations, public affairs, and public policy consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Singapore. C&M International is an affiliate of Crowell & Moring, a law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, Brussels, London, and Doha.

Patricia advises multinationals and their trade associations in using international policy tools to support their corporate strategic priorities. She works with clients in the life sciences, medical technology, retail, publishing, and food sectors. Patricia chairs the Health Economy Working Group of the Americas Business Dialogue and serves as an advisor to the Life Sciences Innovation Forum of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

Prior to joining C&M International, Patricia held a number of positions in the private sector. At The Estée Lauder Companies, the world's premier prestige beauty company, Patricia launched award-winning products in over 140 markets around the world under the Clinique and Estée Lauder brands. She also launched several global digital and social media marketing programs, many of which were the first of their kind in the industry. Patricia was also with the investment bank of J.P. Morgan in their Global Financial Institutions and Governments group.

Patricia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she co-authored several published case studies focused on business strategy as it relates to government. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University, with a bachelor of arts in international relations and Asian studies. She also holds a degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and studied at Peking University. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and French.
Patricia serves on the board of The Washington Ballet, is an officer (and former board member) of Women in International Trade, and was recognized by Washington Life Magazine as a "Mover and Shaker 40 and Under".

Photograph of Katherine NunnerKatherine Nunner advises international public-private partnerships and business strategy for entering new markets.

Prior to joining C&M International, Katherine supported areas in the World Bank's private sector investments including partnerships in accessing financing for early stage entrepreneurs and the design of social impact bonds. She has also advised multinational companies such as SABMiller and implemented an investment fund in the Caribbean. Katherine has published case studies for the LSE in foreign direct investment in emerging markets.

Katherine is the co-chair for Anti-Corruption & Corporate Social Responsibility for The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and holds a certification in health care compliance from Seton Hall School of Law. Katherine is an active volunteer with The Junior League of Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Science in economics management from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MSc in development management from The London School of Economics & Political Science.

Gizem Eras joined the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in September 2017, as Agriculture and Fisheries Counsellor. She is responsible for trade policy issues related to meat and livestock, fisheries, and bilateral, regional and multilateral initiatives related to agriculture. Gizem is also the Chair of the Washington Agricultural Roundtable and a board member of the Women in International Trade (WIIT) D.C.
 
Prior to her assignment in D.C, Gizem was a Deputy Director at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and also worked at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, Canada, in various areas of trade policy, including in trade in goods and services, tariffs and non-tariff barriers , geographical indications, pharmaceutical patents and trade remedies.  Since 2005, Gizem has been involved in numerous free trade agreement negotiations, including the Canada-EU Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (now the CPTPP) and the USMCA. She also has private sector experience as an olive oil exporter.  

Gizem has also lived in Italy, Chile, Bangladesh, Iraq, Turkey and United Kingdom. She has a Master’s degree in International Trade Policy and Theory from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from City University in London, UK.

A person standing in front of a buildingDescription automatically generatedHera Abbasi is a Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive at IBM, where she works on market access and global trade across a range of tech issues. 
Prior to IBM, she was the bicameral, bipartisan Hill strategist and lobbyist for the Coalition of Services Industries. Previously, Ms. Abbasi was a Congressional Advisor in the State Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs, where she served as Congress’s point of contact on all Europe issues, including TTIP, Russia, Ukraine, Brexit, Turkey, NATO, the European Union, Ambassadorial nominations, and Congressional Delegations. Ms. Abbasi also worked on Capitol Hill for nearly a decade, including with House leadership.
 
She is a board member of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and a co-chair for the Africa and Middle East section. She is also a member of the U.S.-Asia Institute's Congressional Circle, a co-chair of the Coalition of Services Industries’ Digital Trade Committee, and Chair of Information Technology Industry Council’s India Committee. In 2017, she was selected as a Fellow for the Next Generation National Security Leaders Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Ms. Abbasi received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her master’s degree from the Naval War College. Her languages include Spanish, Hindu/Urdu, Arabic, and Latin. She is the recipient of the Secretary’s Meritorious Honor Award and the Secretary’s Superior Honor Award; while on Capitol Hill, she was cited as a “Hill Staffer to Watch” in Foreign Policy’s blog, The Cable. She is a native of Boston, MA and lives in Northern Virginia with her family.

Erin Ennis, Senior Director, Global Public Policy.  Erin Ennis is Senior Director for Global Public Policy at Dell. In that position, she leads the company’s international and global public policy work, including on international trade. 

Prior to joining Dell, Ms. Ennis served as Senior Vice President of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) from 2005 to 2019, she directed USCBC’s government affairs and advocacy work for US companies and oversaw the organization’s business advisory services. Ms. Ennis previously worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, an international consulting firm, working with international business clients on trade matters, primarily in Vietnam and Japan. 

From 1992 to 1996, Ms. Ennis was a legislative aide to former US Senator John Breaux, working on international trade and commerce. At the Office of the US Trade Representative from 1996 to 2000, Ms. Ennis worked in Congressional Affairs on Asia issues, and as assistant to Deputy US Trade Representative Richard Fisher, who led US trade negotiations and enforcement with Asia, the Americas, and on intellectual property rights. 

A native of Louisiana, Ms. Ennis has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, where she currently serves as a trustee, and a Masters in International Affairs from The Catholic University of America. 

Megan Funkhouser leads the Information Technology Industry Council’s (ITI) international tax engagement as Director of Policy, Tax and Trade.  
Before joining ITI, Megan led the Global Business Alliance’s (formerly the Organization for International Investment) legislative and regulatory advocacy for trade policy, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, and other issues affecting foreign direct investment in the United States. Megan started her career working for U.S. Representative Jim Costa (CA-16), where she supported the Representative’s engagement with the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue – an interparliamentary exchange between Members of Congress and Members of European Parliament – and managed a legislative portfolio that included foreign affairs, defense, and financial services. 
 
Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Economics from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in International Development with concentrations in Defense & Security Economics and Latin America from Sciences Po. Megan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT).
 
Safiya Ghori-Ahmad currently serves as the South Asia Director at McLarty Associates, a global consulting firm based in Washington, DC, where she advises multinational corporations on market entry strategies across Asia. 

Prior to her government and private sector career, Ms. Ghori-Ahmad served as the Director of Government Relations for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a national public affairs organization that works to promote and strengthen American pluralism by improving policies that impact American Muslims. She currently serves on the board of MPAC where she advises the organization’s policy and legislative strategy. Ms. Ghori-Ahmad also recently served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas where she utilized legal strategies to combat religious discrimination and the suppression of free speech. 

Ms. Ghori-Ahmad previously served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, covering South and Central Asia. She also served in the State Department, as an advisor on Pakistan and Afghanistan in the Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry. She began her State Department career in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, where she managed portfolios in South Asia and traveled extensively throughout the region promoting good governance, transparency, and the rule of law. 

Ms. Ghori-Ahmad also led global business development at an international law firm in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where her work took her to Asia and beyond. Ms. Ghori-Ahmad earned a Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Arts (MA) from the University of Arkansas, and lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two sons. 

Tina Kimble is the Director of U.S. Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for Tata Steel Europe (TSE).  In this capacity, she advises TSE about the commercial impact of any North American governmental action.  Before joining TSE, Ms. Kimble was the Clerk of the Court for the US Court of International Trade.  Her career performing roles in international trade started as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the US International Trade Commission and continued while she was an associate at a large law firm in Washington, DC.  Ms. Kimble began her career as an Honors Graduate Attorney at the US Department of Justice.

Ms. Kimble received her law degree from American University in Washington, DC.  She also obtained an MBA from Seton Hall University and a Master’s Degree in Law and International Affairs from American University.  Ms. Kimble’s undergraduate degree in economics with an Asian studies minor is from Boston College.  

Aiko Lane is the executive director of the U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she works with member companies to formulate strategy and policy priorities to advance U.S. business interests in Japan, as well as promote stronger bilateral trade and economic relations. With 20 years of experience in foreign policy, she has advised and briefed senior officials across three administrations, including at the White House, the Department of Defense, and on Capitol Hill. Most recently she served as special adviser for Asia to Vice President Pence. Ms. Lane is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal and twice received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She received her master’s degree in national security and East Asia from Columbia University, and her bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Northwestern University.
 
Maria C. Zieba is the Assistant Vice President, International Affairs at the National Pork Producers Council. As Assistant Vice President of International Affairs, Maria Zieba works on NPPC’s trade policy program focusing on opening, maintaining and increasing market access for U.S. pork. 
 
Prior to joining NPPC, Maria was a trade policy manager for the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, where she worked on various trade issues affecting the dairy industry. Previously, she worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, managing capacity building projects aimed at increasing U.S. agricultural exports to emerging markets. 

Maria also serves as a Cleared Advisor on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products, providing input to USDA and USTR on key issues affecting U.S. pork exports. 

Maria holds a master's degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.  She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Riverside, with a double major in Political Science-International Affairs and Spanish.

International trade community struggles to deal with tariff revisions |  2019-11-18 | DC VelocityBrenda Smith recently completed a 34-year career with the US government, which included five years on Capitol Hill, and experience at eth Department of Treasury and US Customs and Border Protection.  She was a member of the Senior Executive Service for fourteen years
 
Ms. Smith served as the Executive Assistant Commissioner of Trade, at US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from 2014 until 2021.  In this role, she led CBP’s Trade mission, overseeing trade enforcement, security, and facilitation matters to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risk to public health and safety.  Her work included enforcement of over 5—US trade laws and 14 trade agreements with 20 countries.  She oversaw national compliance audits, management of trade data and CBP’s regulatory process for administering trade and border operations.  She partnered with CBP’s IT experts to expand trade automation and analytics technologies through agile user-based processes an change management. 
 
Ms. Smith held a variety of roles at CBP overseeing trade and border enforcement issues.  As Executive Director for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Business Office, she was responsible for digitization of trade processes on behalf of 50 government agencies for 50,000 private sector and government users.  She also served as Executive Director for Trade Policy and Programs, the Director of Policy and Programs in the Office of International Affairs and Trade Relations, and led the CBP Commissioner’s Strategic Planning and Performance Division.  Prior to joining Customs, Ms. Smith worked at the Department of the Treasury and on Capitol Hill.  
 
Ms. Smith was a 2017 finalist in the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America (“Sammie”) Award for Management Excellence.  She received the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, given to the top 1% of government senior executives, for enhancing enforcement of trade laws to protect American business and consumers, and aligning customs procedures with modern business practices to enhance US economic competitiveness. 

Kelly Ann Shaw is currently a partner with Hogan Lovells LLP in Washington, D.C., as well as a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and a Senior Adviser (Non-resident) for the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).
 
Kelly Ann has over a decade of government experience in senior trade and economic roles.  Most recently, Kelly Ann served as Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council at the White House.  She was responsible for coordinating and advising the President on issues related to international trade, investment, development, energy, environment, and global economics. Kelly Ann also served as the lead negotiator (“sherpa”) for the United States at the G7, G20, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forums and played an instrumental role in a wide range of legislation, negotiations, and agreements, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the China phase one agreement. 
 
Prior to the White House, Kelly Ann served as Republican trade counsel for the Committee on Ways and Means, where she played a key role in formulating legislation, policy, and strategy.  She also served as a lead negotiator and lawyer at USTR, in both Geneva, Switzerland and Washington, D.C., where she represented the United States in more than 40 World Trade Organization disputes and in negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. 
 
Kelly Ann has a JD from Columbia Law School, a certificate in international business law from the Sciences-Po and Sorbonne, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA and BS from the University of Washington. 

 

Barbara Linney serves as BakerHostetler’s International Trade team co-leader, building on nearly 30 years of experience advising U.S and foreign clients on international trade and business issues. Her multinational practice spans numerous industries, notably including the defense, aerospace, oil and gas, maritime, and medical device industries. Barbara’s practice has placed her before various federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce (BIS), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). She is well-versed in providing practical, business-oriented advice on complex issues involving a wide range of regulatory requirements – from U.S. and international export and import controls, anti-boycott rules and defense security requirementsa, to international economic sanctions and embargoes, regulatory requirements related to mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, foreign investment reviews and anti-corruption legislation. Licensed to practice law in three countries (the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom), Barbara is well-qualified to handle cross-border regulatory matters involving these countries.

Barbara's in-depth knowledge of international trade and business matters make her a frequent speaker at conferences, both at home and abroad, as well as the author of numerous articles on these subjects. She is also an adjunct professor of export controls and economic sanctions at Georgetown University
Law Center.


Thamar Harrigan is an international trade attorney, legislative policy expert, and economic development advisor.  She holds both a Juris Doctor and a Masters of Law in International Business that she obtained in China from a joint program between the National University of Singapore and East China University of Political Science and Law.  She is Principal Advisor at Harrigan Global, an International Trade firm that represents global clients with a focus on assisting small- and medium-sized businesses successfully enter new markets and comply with the multitude of US federal laws and regulations.

Currently, Thamar is the Co-Founder and Legal Counsel for the Haitian Ladies Network, the largest professional and social network platform connecting more than 50,000 women of Haitian descent from across the U.S., Haiti, and around the world. She is the Vice President of Government Relations and Sponsorship for the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT).  She recently served as the Secretary General for 2020 G7 Youth Summit for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and served as the organization’s Director of Youth Summits. Thamar is an occasional Guest Lecturer on the “Caribbean Foreign Policy & Trade Relations at the Foreign Service Institute.

 

Judy Zakreski is the Vice President of Global Services for the International Code Council (ICC), a non-governmental organization that develops model building codes and standards through an open, consensus process.  These codes and standards serve as a model for adoption by local and national governments.  With a mission to improve building safety around the world, ICC also provides a fully-integrated set of support products and services that facilitate the adaptation, adoption, implementation and continued maintenance of the organization’s codes and standards worldwide.  In her role at ICC, Judy develops and executes the organization’s global strategy, leading the consolidation of the global activities of ICC’s business units and subsidiaries to capitalize on synergies and achieve growth.  Judy also engages with the US Government and other associations on matters of trade policy related to standards and technical barriers to trade.
 
Prior to joining ICC in April 2018, Judy founded and operated China Trade Strategies, a boutique consulting company providing bi-cultural expertise in the healthcare and trade finance industries for Chinese and Western companies.
 
From 2005 to 2015, Judy served as Vice President of US Operations at Chindex International, Inc. And Chindex Medical Limited, where she oversaw the company’s American and German operations, including business development, regulatory compliance, export, trade finance, and administration.  In these roles, she provided expertise and recommendations about the Chinese healthcare market to Western medical device manufacturers, trade associations, and US Government entities. She also served as the primary corporate contact with the US Government, including the Departments of Commerce and State, USTR, USTDA, and Ex-Im Bank, as well as in coalitions led by the US Chamber of Commerce, The US-China Business Council and advamed, in matters impacting the company’s business. Her day-to-day work focused on solving complex problems related to critical issues including market entry barriers and strategies, product registration and regulatory oversight in China, and accessing financing available from the Export-Import Bank and other ecas.
 
Judy has published and spoken on various topics related to globalization and market entry, including building safety initiatives and collaboration around the world, trade policy, and the Chinese healthcare market.  She holds a BA in International Studies from American University and an MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.  She speaks Mandarin Chinese.

 

Lisa SchroeterLisa Schroeter is the Global Director of Trade and Investment Policy for Dow. As part of the corporate Global Government Affairs team, Lisa’s responsibilities focus on trade policy and regulations, trade negotiations, and investment issues that foster growth in Dow’s global businesses. The role drives bilateral, regional and multilateral strategies to promote policies that secure market access and facilitates global trade across Dow’s value chains and manufacturing. Lisa’s responsibilities include developing corporate strategies across trade policy, from tariff reduction to regulatory simplification; from export controls and sanctions to IP protection and to promote growth of environmental markets and diverse, inclusive workforces. She regularly works with international colleagues and business leaders to engage on trade policy issues critical to drive Dow’s operations around the world. For the industry, she leads the global chemical industry trade association (ICCA) work on trade policy and global regulatory cooperation. Before joining Dow, Lisa was the Executive Director of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). TABD was a unique trade-facilitation process by which American and European CEOs worked with the U.S. Administration and the European Commission to implement practical, detailed recommendations. Ms. Schroeter joined TABD in 1999 and managed the process on behalf of the Boeing Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, United Technologies Corporation and Xerox. Lisa is currently Chair of the WIIT (Women in International Trade) Trust, driving a women’s empowerment and skills sharing program with local universities and previously served as the President of WIIT (Association of Women in International Trade). In addition, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); and a Board member of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA). She recently and successfully completed the Georgetown University Qiyadat Women’s Leadership program. As a long-term DC resident, Lisa serves on the Board Member of Cultural Tourism DC, celebrating the unique heritage and history of Americas capital city.


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