Start Date: 2/25/2020 11:00 AM EST
End Date: 2/25/2020 12:00 PM EST
Venue Name: BSA | The Software Alliance Location:
20 F Street NW
Washington, DC United States 20001
The WTO commenced negotiations of a plurilateral agreement on digital trade last year. This was prompted by exponential growth of electronic commerce, creating the need to develop global rules on digital trade. Following a WTO General Council meeting in December 2019, the negotiations are set to continue this month, through the Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) taking place this June. Please join the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) for a discussion with negotiators and business experts following the first round of negotiations this year.
- Sam duPont, Director of ICT Services & Digital Trade, USTR
- Hera Abbasi, Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive, IBM
- Eva Hampl, Senior Director, Investment, Trade and Financial Services, USCIB
BSA | The Software Alliance
20 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001
Sam duPont, USTR
Sam duPont is Director for ICT Services and Digital Trade at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), where he contributes to the formulation and implementation of U.S. international trade policy through trade agreements, international organizations, and bilateral engagement. His work addresses a range of trade policy issues including those related to cross-border data flows, internet and telecom services, cybersecurity, and foreign investment.
Hera Abbasi, IBM
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.
Ms. Abbasi received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her master’s degree from the Naval War College. Her languages include Spanish, 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.
Eva Hampl, USCIB
Eva Hampl is a Senior Director at USCIB, where she coordinates work on trade, investment and financial policy issues. She is responsible for issues management, policy development, secretariat support to relevant USCIB committees. Before joining USCIB in 2014, Ms. Hampl completed a GE fellowship in its Global Government Affairs and Policy division. Prior to her fellowship she served as a trade associate with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
Ms. Hampl also interned with the Trade Section of the Delegation of the EU to the United States, and she served as a law clerk to the Connecticut Superior Court. She has experience in investment and trade issues and has done research on transparency in WTO dispute settlement and investor-state arbitration under investment treaties. She holds a master’s of law in international and comparative law from The George Washington University Law School and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School with a concentration in international law.
Ms. Hampl is VP of Membership as well as co-chair of the Technology and Digital Economy program section for the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT).