BOARD, OFFICERS AND STANDING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES
PRESIDENT, Andrea Durkin
PRESIDENT-ELECT, Emily Beline
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, Yuri Unno
TREASURER, Colleen Litkenhaus
ASSISTANT TREASURER, Sarah Schradin
SECRETARY, Orisia Gammell
ASSISTANT SECRETARY, Natalie Kamphaus
VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING, Caitlin Hickey
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING, Merhawit Hailu
VICE PRESIDENTS OF MEMBERSHIP
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP, Kathi Lunardi
INDIVIDUAL, GOVERNMENT & ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIP, Eva Hampl
DIPLOMATIC MEMBERSHIP, Gizem Eras
CO-VICE PRESIDENTS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Barbara Weisel & Emily Follett
VICE PRESIDENT OF MENTORING, Maya Cotton
CO-VICE PRESIDENTS OF SPECIAL EVENTS, Kim Yaeger & Chynna Hawes
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENTS OF SPECIAL EVENTS, Javiera Gallardo
VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, WIIT WEEKLY, Carlene Hastings
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WIIT COMMUNIQUE, Kathryn Kobe
PHOTOGRAPHER, Elli Nesbitt
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA, Emily Benson & Elan Mitchell-Gee
VICE PRESIDENT OF ELECTIONS, Patricia Wu
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Tina Potuto Kimble
Vanessa P. Sciarra
GENERAL COUNSEL, Barbara D. Linney
OWIT REPRESENTATIVE, Elizabeth Guillot
Alternate Liaison, Eva Hampl
WIIT TRUST CHAIR, Lisa Schroeter
Andrea Durkin is the president-elect of WIIT. Andrea is the principal of Sparkplug, LLC, an independent consulting firm and the Editor-in-Chief of TradeVistas, a website to engage the public on the role of international trade in their lives and communities. She recently launched Consensus, an innovative digital tool to teach trade negotiation techniques.
Andrea serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an advisor to the Economic Team at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
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 is an advocate for investing in the next generation of innovative trade policy thinkers.
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, including the U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance with the International Trade Administration, where she counseled the U.S. Department of Commerce on the enforcement and defense of trade laws, specifically, antidumping and countervailing duty 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.
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 represents Chubb before Congress, the Administration and diplomatic community on international and domestic insurance-related issues.
Sarah has advocated for a number of trade issues, including U.S. free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, renewal of Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. In support of TPP, she served as a co-chair of the TPP Coalition’s Policy and Communications Working Group where she led the coalition’s social media efforts. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Weisel focuses on international trade and investment policy as well as market access and regulatory matters as a Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors. Barbara has more than 25 years of experience advancing international trade and investment initiatives. She served most recently as Assistant US Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, where she was the US chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Previously, Barbara served as Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Bilateral Asian Affairs and as Director for Japan Affairs. Before joining USTR, Barbara worked at the State Department from 1984-1994. Barbara earned two Masters’ degrees from Harvard University and has a Bachelor's degree from Connecticut College (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude).
Kim Yaeger is Director for Maritime Southeast Asia, Energy and ICT at the US-ASEAN Business Council. During her time at the Council she has led and developed the Indonesia ICT Consultative Forum, the Council’s Human Capital Forum held in Singapore, and helped to reinstate regular business missions to Laos. Kim 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. 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.
Andrea Phua serves as Counsellor (Economics) at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Washington, covering all trade and economic issues between the US and the Asian region. Prior to her posting she was Singapore’s Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Marian Marquez is Acting Director of Business Investment for Arlington Economic Development (AED). In this role she oversees Arlington’s efforts in business recruitment and retention, international trade, entrepreneur support and catalyzing the innovation economy. Among other achievements, Marian contributed heavily to the successful recruitment of Amazon’s HQ2 to Arlington and standing up the County’s international and business retention strategies.
Prior to joining AED, Marian held roles in the private and public sectors including several years with Exxon Mobil Corporation as well as federal government (U.S. Trade & Development Agency). Marian’s love of all things international stems from a childhood spent as a diplomatic brat in Hungary, Germany, Mexico and Austria.
Hera 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 co-chair of Women in International Trade's Africa and Middle East section and was selected as a 2017 Fellow for the Next Generation National Security Leaders Program at the Center for a New American Security. She is also a member of the U.S.-Asia Institute's Congressional Circle.
Maria C. Zieba is the Directof of International Affairs for National Pork Producers Council. Maria works on NPPC's trade policy program focusing on opening, maintaining and increasing market access for U.S. pork.
Maria works closely with U.S. and foreign government officials to advance U.S. pork producers' export objectives. She also represents NPPC in various other stakeholder groups. 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.
Prior to joining NPPC, Mara 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 Foreigh Agricultural Service, managing capacity building projects aimed at increasing U.S agricultural exports to emerging markets.
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, rside with a double major in Political Science-International Affairs and Spanish.
Erin Ennis has been Senior Director for Global Public Policy at Dell since July 2019. In that position, she leads the company’s international trade, privacy, and cybersecurity policy work, as well as other issues.
Ennis joined Dell after nearly three decades in Washington. 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. She also led a coalition of other trade associations on issues of interest to companies doing business with China. Prior to joining USCBC, Ms. Ennis worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, an international consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former White House Chief of Staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty. At Kissinger McLarty, Ms. Ennis was responsible for implementing strategies for international business clients on trade matters, primarily in Vietnam and Japan.
Before entering the private sector, Ms. Ennis held several positions in the US Government. From 1992 to 1996, Ms. Ennis was a legislative aide to former US Senator John Breaux, working on international trade and commerce. She also worked on health care issues during the Senate’s consideration of President Bill Clinton’s health care reform proposal, an issue on which Senator Breaux actively worked to broker a compromise.
Megan Funkhouser serves as Director of Policy, Tax and Trade for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). As part of the tax and trade team, she focuses on advancing ITI member priorities in the international tax space and supports ITI’s broader trade policy work.
Before joining ITI, Megan handled trade & investment policy for the Global Business Alliance (GBA), formerly the Organization for International Investment (OFII). Megan led GBA's legislative and regulatory advocacy for trade policy, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, federal procurement, and other issues affecting foreign direct investment in the United States. In that role, she collaborated with GBA member companies to provide input regarding implementation of CFIUS reforms through the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) and the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA).
Megan started her career working for 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. During graduate school, Megan applied her Hill experience to internships with the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, U.S. Commercial Service in Portland, Oregon, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, DC.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Linney is a partner and co-lead of the international trade practice team at the law firm of BakerHostetler, based in the firm’s Washington DC office.
Ms. Linney has been advising both U.S. and global clients on international trade and business issues for more than 25 years, including on matters such as export controls and economic sanctions, defense security and foreign investment, and anti-corruption compliance. She serves clients across a broad spectrum of industries, with particular focus on the defense, aerospace, oil and gas, technology, maritime and medical device industries.
Her practice involves representing clients before various federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Commerce (BIS), Defense (DCSA), and State (DDTC), as well as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Elizabeth Guillot is an Associate Manger of International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this role, she focuses on trade policy and digital economy issues to support the Chamber’s international trade advocacy. Elizabeth received a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Lisa 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 through identification of policies facilitating market access and reducing global distribution costs.
Her role has direct responsibility for developing the company’s global trade strategy, driving impact assessments and response to emerging trade issues and facilitating government affairs strategies aligned with Dow’s investment priorities. Lisa manages the company’s outreach to key trade-related entities in the US Administration, Washington DC embassy community and across key governments.
Before joining Dow, Lisa was the Executive Director of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). TABD is a unique trade-facilitation process by which American and European CEOs work 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.