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NAFTA 2.0?

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
Rotunda Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004


Panel 1

Uri Dadush, Bruegel and OCP Policy Center

Matt Gold, Fordham University School of Law

Thea Lee, AFL CIO

Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Albright Stonebridge Group

Moderator: Nelson Cunningham, McLarty Associates

Panel 2

Sarah Bovim, Whirlpool

Michael Dykes, International Dairy Foods Association

Ari Giovenco, Internet Association

Ralph Carter, Fedex Express

Moderator:Doug Goudie, Pfizer

Panel 1

Uri Dadush is a non-resident scholar at Bruegel, based in Washington, D.C. and a Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center in Rabat, Morocco. He is also Principal of Economic Policy International, LLC, providing consulting services to the World Bank and to other international organizations as well as corporations. He teaches courses on globalization and on international trade policy at the OCP Policy School and at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Dadush works mainly on trends in the global economy and on how countries deal with the challenge of international integration through flows of trade, finance, and migration. His recent books include “WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism” (with Chiedu Osakwe, co-editor), “Juggernaut: How Emerging Markets Are Transforming Globalization” (with William Shaw), “Inequality in America” (with Kemal Dervis and others), “Currency Wars” (with Vera Eidelman, co-editor) and “Paradigm Lost: The Euro in Crisis”. He was previously Director of the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and, at the World Bank, Director of International Trade, as well as Director of Economic Policy, and Director of the Development Prospects Group. Based previously in London, Brussels, and Milan, he spent 15 years in the private sector, where he was President of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Group Vice President of Data Resources, Inc., and a consultant with McKinsey and Co. His columns have appeared in leading publications such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and L’Espresso. He has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.

Matt Gold is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University teaching International Trade Law. He is also a consultant advising U.S. business on the United States’ rights and obligations under international trade agreements. Professor Gold was previously the Deputy Assistant USTR for North America, in which capacity he was a trade advisor to the President for the North American Leaders Summit, and among the trade advisors supporting the President for G8, G20, APEC, and Americas summits. In that position, he was also a principal negotiator at the NAFTA Free Trade Commission meetings, the Chairman of the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber talks, and a participant in the talks that brought Canada and Mexico into the TPP negotiations. Professor Gold began his legal career with a federal clerkship in Chicago in 1985-86, after which he practiced international trade and customs law in New York for more than 15 years. In 2001-02, he served as the Chairman of a U.S.-Canada Binational Panel, under NAFTA Chapter 19, that reviewed U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties on Canadian magnesium. During 2003-10, Professor Gold served three civilian tours in Iraq for the Defense and State Departments advising Iraq’s Trade Minister and other senior officials on WTO accession, trade agreements, and trade capacity building.

Thea Lee is the Deputy Chief of Staff at the AFL-CIO, where she previously served as Policy Director and Chief International Economist. Prior to that, she worked as an international trade economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and as an editor at Dollars & Sense magazine in Boston. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including the PBS News Hour; CNN; Good Morning America; NPR’s All Things Considered and Marketplace; and the PBS documentary Commanding Heights. She has testified before several committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate on various economic policy topics. She serves on the State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, where she co-chairs the Subcommittee on Investment.

Antonio Ortiz-Mena is a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, working in the energy, telecommunications, and aviation sectors, in addition to trade and investment across Latin America. Prior to joining ASG, Dr. Ortiz-Mena served for over eight years as Minister of Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States. In this role he advised U.S. companies with a presence in Mexico and Mexican companies with a presence in the U.S. on regulatory and government issues. He was also responsible for U.S.- Mexico energy, telecommunications, and aviation issues, and oversaw trade and investment promotion. He served as the embassy liaison with the IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the G20 and the Mexico-U.S. High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Ortiz-Mena was a professor of international political economy at one of Mexico’s leading research and policy analysis institutions, the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City (CIDE). Dr. Ortiz-Mena began his career in the Mexican government, where he held multiple senior advisory roles in the NAFTA Negotiation Office of the Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development; the Budget and Programming Ministry; and the Ministry of Fisheries. Dr. Ortiz-Mena received a Ph.D. in political science with a major in international political economy from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and a M.A. from the University of London (London School of Economics and University College London). He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund E. Walsh School of Foreign Service and at CIDE.

Nelson W. Cunningham is the President and Co-founder of McLarty Associates. Under his leadership, McLarty Associates has developed into a firm with global reach and over eighty employees and advisors. Mr. Cunningham served in the White House as Special Advisor to President Clinton on Western Hemisphere affairs and as General Counsel at the White House Office of Administration. He previously served as General Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden. He is a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Additionally, Mr. Cunningham serves as President of the American Security Project and Vice Chair of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and of the Institute of the Americas.

Panel 2

Sarah Bovim joined Whirlpool Corporation in 2006, and serves as the Vice President for Government Relations and International Trade Policy.  She heads Whirlpool’s D.C. government relations office, focusing on Congressional and Administration affairs, most notably tax, monetary, trade and energy policy. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Ms. Bovim worked for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Deputy Assistant USTR for Industry and Market Access, advising the USTR on industry issues and market access matters. Formerly of USTR’s World Trade Organization Office, she joined the Office of Industry to coordinate U.S. industrial market access policy across bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral negotiations, including accessions to the WTO, the Doha Round, and free trade agreements.  Before joining USTR, Sarah worked as a special advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to government she worked at the World Bank as a Research Economist for the West African region on financial and macroeconomic issues. Sarah graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Masters degree in International Economic Policy and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs. She studied political science two years abroad at the Sorbonne and L’Institut des Etudes Politiques. Sarah is a mom of three children, yoga teacher, and an avid runner and tennis player. She frequently lectures at Georgetown University on Public Policy and serves Refugees International as a corporate board member.

Ralph Carter is the Managing Director of Legal, Trade & International Affairs at FedEx Express. Mr. Carter is responsible for FedEx regulatory and international affairs including trade policy. Mr. Carter’s team advocates for simpler, more open trade rules that reduce barriers and help FedEx customers expand their international business. Mr. Carter is a frequent speaker and contributor to international trade events and initiatives including at APEC, the WTO, World Bank, World Economic Forum and the Business 20 (“B20”). Mr. Carter’s work has helped FedEx become a respected global leader in the trade policy community. Before establishing the FedEx Legal, Trade & International Affairs office in Washington, D.C., Mr. Carter was Managing Director in the legal department of FedEx’s Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Brussels Belgium. Prior to FedEx Mr. Carter served in the State Department as Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union.  Mr. Carter is also on the Washington International Trade Association’s Board of Directors.

Michael D. Dykes is the President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association. Dr. Dykes was, most recently, responsible for the development and implementation of the Monsanto Company’s U.S. government affairs strategies and programs, a portfolio that included agricultural biotechnology policy and a variety of policy issues that impact the business. Michael provided strategic counsel to senior management on a broad range of political issues affecting the company’s strategy. Michael led Monsanto’s Washington office, which is the primary point of contact for elected officials, regulatory authorities, U.S. farm organizations, industry and trade associations, international organizations and embassies for Monsanto’s global operations. Earlier, he directed the company’s State/Local Government Affairs as well as Mexico and Canadian Government Affairs organization. Michael earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Academy of Practitioners. He has served on the Farmhouse Fraternity board for 3+ years. He also was a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) during the Clinton and Bush administrations. He also served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). 

Ari Giovenco is the Director of Trade and International Policy at the Internet Association. In this capacity, he is responsible for advocating for policies that enable the internet industry to grow and thrive around the globe. Ari leads IA’s digital trade work and is primarily focused on promoting trade policies that encourage balanced intellectual property frameworks, intermediary liability protections, cross-border data flows, and restrictions on data localization. In addition, he covers a number of international regulatory matters that impact the digital economy and is active on global internet governance issues. Ari speaks regularly on these topics and is actively engaged with tech policy stakeholders across the spectrum. Prior to joining the Internet Association, Ari served in the Obama Administration in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). As Senior Director for Congressional Affairs, he was a key member of USTR’s team responsible for negotiating and successfully enacting Trade Promotion Authority legislation. Ari also led congressional consultations related to the Trade in Services Agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the World Trade Organization. Before his time at USTR, Ari worked in the United States Congress for Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA). In this role he coved issues related to trade and innovation policy.  Ari received a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and grew up in Lake Tahoe, California. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Kelsey and dog Pickles.

Doug Goudie is Director, International Government Affairs, for Pfizer, Inc., the world’s largest biopharmaceutical manufacturing and research company. In this capacity, he is responsible for supporting Pfizer’s global business units, Corporate Affairs, Research, and Global Supply interests in the Washington space, working with the U.S. Government, Congress, foreign embassies, trade associations, and other D.C.-based organizations. Goudie joined Pfizer in January 2012. Prior to joining Pfizer, Goudie served as Director of International Trade Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the lead trade association for manufacturing industries, where he worked from 2006 to 2012. In this capacity, he was the primary trade lobbyist before Congress and the Administration, and also served as the association’s international trade economist. Before NAM, Goudie was Director, Legislative Affairs at the Automotive Trade Policy Council (ATPC), a D.C.-based trade association that represented DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors on international trade issues. Goudie worked for ATPC from 1997-2006. Before ATPC, Goudie worked as a trade and appropriations lobbyist for the National Waterways Conference. Goudie graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a MSFS in Russian/East European studies in 1994 and Albion College with a B.A. in English/Russian in 1992. Mr. Goudie is also on the Board of Directors of Washington International Trade Foundation.