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2020 Washington International Trade Conference

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center | Atrium Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center | 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Conference Agenda

Morning Sessions


Keynote Address by Director-General of the WTO

Roberto Azevêdo

Followed by Armchair Discussion with: Ambassador Susan Schwab, Strategic Advisor, Mayer Brown LLP and Former United States Trade Representative (2006-2009)


The Future of U.S. China Trade and Relations

Wendy Cutler, Vice President, Asia Society Policy Institute

Professor Ann Lee, Author, “What the US Can Learn from China” and “Will China’s Economy Collapse?”

Ambassador Kurt Tong, Partner, The Asia Group

Clete Willems, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Douglas M. Bell, Global Trade Policy Leader, Ernst & Young


NextGenTrade®: Digitization and the Future of Disruption – How New Technologies are Shaping Global Trade

Susan Lund, Director of Research, McKinsey Global Institute

Julia Nielson, Head of the Development Division, Trade & Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Paul Triolo, Practice Head, Geo-Technology, Eurasia Group

Jake Colvin, Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum


Meet the [Trade] Press

Jenny Leonard, Trade Reporter, Bloomberg News

David Lynch, Global Economics Correspondent, Washington Post

James Politi, World Trade Editor, Financial Times

Ana Swanson, Trade and Economics Correspondent, New York Times

Ambassador Susan Schwab, Strategic Advisor, Mayer Brown LLP


Lunch Buffet

Afternoon Sessions


Trade and the 2020 Elections: The Swing Voter Project

Rich Thau, President & Co-Founder, Engagious

Kimberly Ellis, Principal, Monument Policy Group


Fireside Chat:

Tarrified of Trade Talks?

Chad Bown, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Soumaya Keynes, Trade & Globalisation Editor, The Economist

Hosts of Trade Talks podcast, a lively and popular podcast about the economics of trade and policy



Coffee and Dessert Social


Remarks by Ambassador Robert Zoellick

Former United States Trade Representative (2001-2005) and Former President of the World Bank (2007-2012)

Followed by a Conversation with: Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council and former Deputy USTR and former Deputy Director of the World Trade Organization


Trade Around the World

H.E. Fitsum Arega, Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States 

H.E. Rosemary Banks, Ambassador of New Zealand to the United States

H.E. Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

H.E. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States

Laura Lane, President, Global Public Affairs, UPS



Who Should Attend/Why Sponsor

Attendees will learn about key issues driving the national trade debate and network with thought leaders on trade. Sponsors will get visibility for their brand or firm with trade leaders from across the U.S. government (Administration and Congress), embassies, business, law, academia, and trade practitioners from across industries and sectors.

Please contact Diego Anez at to inquire about sponsorship packages

Individual Ticket

WITA Member: $495
Non-WITA Member: $595
Government (WITA Member): $295
Government (Non-WITA Member): $395
Order Tickets Here

Sponsorship Opportunities

Leadership Circle: $25,000
Benefactor: $10,000
Patron: $5,000