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2024 Washington International Trade Conference

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
WITA Conference Hybrid Event

The Washington International Trade Conference brings together leaders in international trade from across the U.S. and around the world to explore the trade landscape and look toward the future of trade.

In Person Sessions and Luncheon to be held in the Pavilion Room at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC | 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC


Schedule and Ticket Information


Monday, February 12, 2024

Via Zoom: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM US/Eastern Time

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

In Person and Via Zoom: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM US/Eastern Time

In Person & Via Zoom: Luncheon Remarks 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM US/Eastern Time

 Ticket Prices




WITA Members – $250 (now $200!)

Government/Embassy/Student (WITA Member) – $200 (now $150!)

Non-WITA Member – $350  (now $300!)



WITA Member – $150 (now $100!)

Non-WITA Member – $250 (now $200!)


Purchase Tickets Here

*All non-member tickets come with a complimentary one-year WITA Membership!

WITA has a 48-hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations made within 48 hours of this event will be charged to cover costs.

Program Agenda and Speakers

Additional Speakers to be Announced…


MONDAY, February 12, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (all times U.S./Eastern Time)
All Day 1 Sessions Via Zoom 

1:00 PM ET: Update from the WTO on MC13

Angela Ellard, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Moderator: Ambassador Peter Allgeier, President, Nauset Global LLC; former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative


1:45 PM ET: Balancing at the Border – Trade Policies to Close the Pollution Loophole

Matthew Bolden, Climate Policy Advisor, Senate Budget Committee for Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Linda Dempsey, Vice President, Public Affairs, CF Industries

Christine Harbin, Energy Policy Advisor, Senator Bill Cassidy M.D. (R-LA)

Catrina Rorke, Executive Director, Center for Climate and Trade; Senior Vice President for Policy and Research, Climate Leadership Council

Moderator: Maureen Hinman, Cofounder & Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator; former Director, Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative


2:30 PM ET: Taking Stock – U.S.- China Trade Relations

Anna Ashton, Director, China Corporate Affairs & US-China, Eurasia Group

Jamieson Greer, Partner, King & Spalding

Paul Triolo, Associate Partner for China and Technology Policy Lead at Albright Stonebridge Group | Dentons Global Advisors

Jeremie Waterman, President, China Center, Vice President, Greater China, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: Timothy Keeler, Partner & Co-Leader of International Trade, Mayer Brown


3:20 PM ET: Geopolitical Impacts on Supply Chains

Stefanie H. Ali, Senior Director, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC

Marc Gilbert, Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Michelle La Plante, Director, Risk Management and Resiliency, Enterprise Risk & Security Management, TE Connectivity

Cheryl Steele, Vice President of Global Security & Resilience / Chief Security Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company

Moderator: Penny Naas, TradeExperettes


4:10 PM ET: U.S. Global Strategic and Trade Priorities

Heather A. Conley, President, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Eric Farnsworth, Head of the Washington Office of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society

Florizelle Liser, President & CEO, Corporate Council on Africa

Ambassador Kurt W. Tong, Managing Partner, The Asia Group, LLC

Moderator: Ari Giovenco, Head, U.S. Trade Policy, Amazon




TUESDAY, February 13, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (all times U.S./Eastern Time)
In-person with Livestream via Zoom 

8:30 AM ET: Doors open for networking breakfast


9:00 AM ET: Day 2 Conference Start Time

(Zoom Webinar Opens for Online Attendees)


9:05 AM ET: Welcoming Remarks

Kenneth I. Levinson, Chief Executive Officer, Washington International Trade Association


9:15 AM ET: 20 Trends for 2024

Robert Moran, Partner, Brunswick Group


10:00 AM ET: Armchair Discussion with Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers

Jay Timmons, President & CEO, National Association of Manufacturers

Moderator: Doug Palmer, Senior Trade Reporter, POLITICO


11:00 AM ET: Ambassadors Roundtable: Trade as a Foreign Policy Pillar

Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Ambassador Lui Tuck Yew, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the United States

Ambassador Catalina Crespo-Sancho, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States

Ambassador Jovita Neliupšienė, Appointed Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

Moderator: Ambassador Kristen Silverberg, President & COO, Business Roundtable


11:50 AM ET: Networking Luncheon


12:15 PM ET: Luncheon Keynote 

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives

Moderator: Stephanie Lester, Vice President, Head of Government Affairs, Gap Inc.


Additional Speakers to be Announced…

Sponsorship Opportunities

Benefactor – $25,000

Executive – $10,000

Patron – $5,000

All sponsors receive tickets to the Conference, savings on WITA/WITF Annual Dinner, and more!

Sponsorship Information Here

Who Should Attend/Why Sponsor

Attendees will be able to 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, businesses, law, academia, and trade practitioners from across industries and sectors.

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