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Friday, October 22, 2021

COVID Recovery: Trade in Health Recovery

Start Date: 10/22/2021 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 10/22/2021 1:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Virtual

Organization Name: WIIT

Mary Simpkins
Email: info@wiit.org
Phone: (202) 869-3775

The past year has demonstrated the power – and the necessity – of the health care industry and access to products.  From vaccines to medical devices to PPE, countries have struggled to make sure that domestic health care systems have all the necessary goods and equipment to deliver service.  Global health care is a $11.9T market. How can trade policy support innovation in health care R&D, access to life-saving medicines and technology, and investment in emerging markets for sustainable growth?   With an introductory overview by the Spring 2021 WIIT Trust Young Leader Scholarship Winner, Kelsey Kats, we will hear from a range of experts with insights and ideas on growth in health care trade.
Opening remarks by Lisa Schroeter, WIIT Trust Chair
Introduction by Hemal Shah, Gilead

Comments and moderation by Kelsey Kats, Spring 2021 WIIT Trust Scholarship winner

  • Marc Busch, Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy, Georgetown University
  • Michaela Chen, Boston Scientific
  • Catherine Robinson, Pfizer


Kelsey Kats is a graduate student at Georgetown University, completing her Master’s joint-degree in International Business and Policy while working full-time for the International Financial Corporation. Kelsey was first exposed to international trade policy at the United States Department of the Treasury, where she served as the Senior Advisor to the Treasurer of the United States and the Assistant Secretary for Management. She is eager to continue tackling challenges in the global trading system and focusing on the importance of trade to promote economic prosperity and improve development outcomes. Kelsey’s background is in investing and business journalism. Before joining the Treasury Department, she was a Producer for CNBC’s “Squawk Box” the network’s flagship morning news program focused on business and politics. She held several roles in investing and financial services at Centerview Partners and Brightstar Capital Partners. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a concentration in Business Management from Columbia University.

Marc L. Busch is the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is an expert on international trade policy and law. He writes a bi-weekly piece in The Hill on trade.
He previously served for two terms as a “cleared advisor” on technical trade barriers to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative.
He has addressed a wide range of governments and international institutions, including the Advisory Centre on WTO Law, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the World Bank and the United Nations. He has testified before the US Congress on Airbus-Boeing litigation, the Canadian Senate on softwood lumber litigation, and a NAFTA 2022 panel on best practices in dispute settlement.
He has consulted to APCO Worldwide, Bell Canada, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group, DCI Group, Frontier Strategy Group, Goruck, Health Canada, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, McKinsey & Company, Monitor Group, Nomacorc, PhRMA, Philip Morris International, Sidley Austin, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Trade Law Division of the Department of International Trade Canada.
He previously taught at Queen’s University and Harvard. In 2010, Forbes Magazine named his course, “Business, Government and the Global Economy,” one of the Top 10 Most Innovative MBA courses in the United States.

Michaela Chen leads Boston Scientific’s international government affairs efforts, focusing on increasing BSC’s global market access opportunities. In that capacity, Michaela works with BSC’s government affairs teams in its largest markets in Europe and Asia on developing BSC’s international affairs strategy in order to influence international policies to ensure the best business environment for key BSC technologies. Michaela also leads BSC’s international advocacy with the U.S. administration and key associations and business groups in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining Boston Scientific, Michaela worked as Senior Trade Advisor at the Delegation of the European Union in Washington, DC. In her role, Michaela covered a wide range of international policy issues affecting the US - EU bilateral trade relationship. She served as the Delegation lead on services and procurement negotiations in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Previously, Michaela served as Director of International Environment and Trade Policy at TechAmerica the largest tech trade association in the U.S. representing approximately 1200 technology companies. In this capacity, she covered global environmental regulations, trade policy developments and engaged in advocacy in Congress, the US Administration and foreign governments to enhance member companies’ global market access.
Michaela also worked at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), as a Manager of Government Affairs, overseeing international affairs agenda and covering domestic competitiveness and innovation efforts and at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), organizing trade policy and diplomatic events.
Michaela serves on the board of the Executive Council of Diplomacy,  the Global Business Dialogue, Meridian Corporate Council and is a co-founder of the DC GALs (Government Affairs Ladies) group, which organizes event to increase support and networking opportunities for women engaged in public policy.
Michaela holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Policy and Administration from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University.

Catherine (Cat) Robinson is Director for Global Trade Policy and International Government Affairs. In this role, she develops, aligns, and executes comprehensive strategies to leverage governments, foreign embassies, trade associations, and other stakeholders to support Pfizer’s priorities across the globe. Prior to joining Pfizer, Cat worked for Amgen, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Congress Committee on Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, daughter, and dog.

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