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2024 WITA Academy China Virtual Intensive Trade Seminar

Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM (EST)
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Thursday, May 9, 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM (US/Eastern)

Friday, May 10, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (US/Eastern)

Prices and Registration:

WITA Member: $200

WITA Member (Government): $100

Full Time University/Student: $100

Non-Member: $300

For group rates (3 or more ticket purchases), email Diego Anez ( to receive a special rate.


Curriculum and Confirmed Speakers

All Times Below in US/Eastern

Day 1: How Did the U.S. – China Trade Relationship Get Here?

Thursday, May 9: 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM (US/Eastern Time)


Session 1: 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM ET

China and the Multilateral Trading System

Bruce Hirsh, Principal, Tailwind Global Strategies LLC; former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC; former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the WTO and Multilateral Affairs

Claire Reade, Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter; former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs

Stephen Vaughn, Partner, International Trade, King & Spalding; former General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Session 2: 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM ET

China’s Global Ambitions: Trade, Investment & Industrial Policies

Anna Ashton, Founder, Ashton Analytics; former Director, China Corporate Affairs & US-China, Eurasia Group

Dave Rank, Senior Advisor, The Cohen Group; former Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China


Session 3: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM ET

 National Security, Technology and Cybersecurity

Peter Harrell, Non-Resident Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; former Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness, National Security Council at the White House

Hon. Nazak Nikakhtar, Partner, National Security Chair, Wiley Rein LLC; former Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Naomi Wilson, Senior Vice President for Asia & Global Trade, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI); former Acting Director for Asia-Pacific, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Session 4: 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM ET

U.S. Import Bans, Investment and Export Controls

Daniel Bahar, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC; former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Services and Investment

John Foote, Partner, Trade, Customs, Forced Labor, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Neena Shenai, Partner in International Trade Investment and Market Access, WilmerHale; former Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Kevin Wolf, Partner, Akin; Senior Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology; former Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Day 2: Where Does the U.S.- China Trade Relationship Go from Here?

Friday, May 10: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM (US/Eastern Time)


Session 5: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET

U.S. Trade Policy and Tariffs

Ambassador Sarah Bianchi, Senior Managing Director & Chief Strategist, International Political Affairs and Public Policy, Evercore; former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

Ed Brzytwa, Vice President of International Trade, Consumer Technology Association; former Director for International Trade, American Chemistry Council; former Director APEC Affairs and Director for Industrial Non-Tariff Barriers, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Jamieson Greer, Partner, International Trade, King & Spalding; former Chief of Staff, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Session 6: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

U.S. Strategies to Combat China’s Industrial Strategies

Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Maureen Hinman, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Silverado Policy Accelerator; former Director for Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Vanessa Sciarra, Vice President, Trade & International Competitiveness, American Clean Power Association (ACP); former Vice President for Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy, National Foreign Trade Council

Sujai Shivakumar, Senior Fellow and Director, Renewing American Innovation, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Session 7: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

What Lies Ahead in U.S. -China Trade Relations

Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council; former Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, U.S. Department of Commerce

Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute; former Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

David Hanke, Staff Director, U.S. House Select Committee on China

Additional speakers to be announced…


We encourage the international community working on economic and trade issues, and others who want to learn more about international trade, to participate in this program.

If you cannot view every session at the time it is originally offered, sessions will be available off-line to paying attendees (access code will be required).

Registration for the China Intensive Trade Seminar is open to the public and all sessions are off-the-record/Chatham House Rules.

WITA has a two-day cancellation policy for this event

**If your agency or business does not use Zoom, we can work with you to make content available on an accessible platform for later viewing.

All WITA Diamond Sponsors receive two free passes to attend the China Intensive Trade Seminar. Platinum, Platinum Half and Gold Sponsors receive one free pass to attend.

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