Start Date: 9/24/2021 11:00 AM EDT
End Date: 9/24/2021 12:00 PM EDT
Venue Name: Virtual
With Chile drafting a new Constitution and electing a new President in the coming months, WIIT is pleased to host a virtual conversation with Rodrigo Yáñez, Undersecretary for International Economic Relations in the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the outlook for Chile’s trade agenda. We will be discussing progress on modernizing Chile’s trade agreements with the European Union, South Korea and the ASEAN region as well as what the future holds for the Pacific Alliance.
WIIT Western Hemisphere Committee Co-Chair Gabrielle Trebat.
Rodrigo Yáñez, Undersecretary for International Economic Relations in the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Since March 2018, Mr. Rodrigo Yáñez
served as Director General of International Economic Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. He led an intense bilateral agenda of negotiations for new agreements and the modernization of older instruments. In that position he also had an active participation in multilateral trade forums such as APEC, Pacific Alliance, OECD, WTO, as well as his role as Sherpa in the G20, representing the interests of Chile.
Prior to his new position, in 2015 he worked as Director of Financial Advisory Services at Deloitte where he led the Business Intelligence and Anticorruption, Compliance & Regulatory Advisory service lines. He was ranked by Chambers & Partners Latin America 2018 as a Leading Practitioner in the field of Compliance.
Mr. Yáñez was also a member of the Panel on Public Works Concessions (2014-2018); Board Member of Chile's Public Enterprise System (2013-2014); and International Cooperation Agency Board (2012-2014).
During President Piñera's previous administration (2010-2014), Rodrigo Yáñez served as Senior Advisor on international and regulatory affairs to the Presidency of the Republic, where among his duties he developed foreign policy proposals and oversaw the implementation of domestic policy initiatives for different Ministries.
Mr. Yáñez holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and a Master's of Science in Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
brings over 20 years of experience working with governments across Latin America to promote opportunities for increased trade and investment. Prior to joining MA in 2011, Ms. Trebat served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Business Affairs and Public Liaison at the US Department of Treasury, where she managed Treasury’s strategic engagement with the private sector, labor, and NGO communities on a range of priorities. A dual national of Brazil and the United States, she previously served as Executive Director of the Brazil-US Business Council at the US Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for promoting the bilateral trade and investment relationship representing the interests of foreign direct investors in Brazil. At the Council on Competitiveness from 2001-2007, Ms. Trebat served as Director of the Global Program where she managed the global institutional partnerships of the Council across Latin America, Europe and Japan.
Ms. Trebat worked for Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut from 1995 to 1997 and on the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in 2000.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and the Advisory Board of the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program. She is the Co-Chair of the Western Hemisphere Program of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT).
Ms. Trebat has a BA from Duke University and an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) with concentrations in international affairs, international economic policy, and Latin American studies. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish.