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WITA’s NextGenTrade™: Is Blockchain the Future for Trade?

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004

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Stephen J. Rogers, IBM

Leon H. Bruner, Grocery Manufacturer’s Association

Susie Adams, Microsoft

Alan Cohn, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Alan McQuinn, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Mr. Stephen Rogers, also known as Steve, served as Director of Lombard Risk Management plc since August 2013 until 2018. Mr. Rogers has more than 20 years of sales and general management experience in the IT industry. The last 14 years have been spent in the business applications market place covering ERP, CRM and BI in both on premise and cloud delivery models. Before joining Microsoft, he served as General Manager of Northern Europe at He was responsible for Salesforce end to end business in this market, delivering CRM solutions in the cloud to all major markets, in all major industries. Before SFDC, he was with SAP, where he held executive positions as SVP and Managing Director of the SAP UKI subsidiary, and subsequently SVP EMEA for the BI division, which involved managing the integration of the acquired Business Objects team and assets. He also held international executive positions at Business Objects, Siebel Systems and Oracle after his early career years at IBM.

Dr. Leon Bruner is currently Executive Vice President for Science & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer at the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) in Washington, DC. The Science and Regulatory Affairs organization carries out a broad range of member services in areas including science policy, product safety, education, training and applied food safety research. Dr. Bruner is a thirty-year veteran of the consumer products industry. Before joining GMA he served in a variety of positions at The Procter & Gamble Company and The Gillette Company. He served as Vice President and Director of the Corporate Environment, Health and Safety Organization in P&G’s Gillette organization where he was responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, workplace safety, environmental compliance, quality, sustainability and business continuity planning. Dr. Bruner holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, both earned at Michigan State University. He also received his bachelor’s degree from MSU.

Alan McQuinn is a research analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. His research areas include a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, such as cybersecurity, privacy, virtual currencies, e-government, Internet governance, and commercial drones. He was previously a telecommunications fellow for Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA). Mr. McQuinn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in public relations and political communications and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. He spent his final semester as a participant in the Bill Archer Fellowship Program. During his time as an Archer fellow, he interned for the Federal Communications Commission in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Before that, he interned for the City of Austin Public Information Office, where he worked on major city projects related to e-government, transparency, and the rollout of Google Fiber Austin.

Alan Cohn advises clients from a range of industries on cybersecurity, blockchain, and distributed ledger technology issues, and other national security and emerging technology issues. Mr. Cohn is co-chair of the firm’s Blockchain and Digital Currency practice. He serves as counsel to the Blockchain Alliance, a public-private forum established by a broad coalition of companies and organizations to help combat criminal activity on the blockchain, and advises companies and investors concerning a range of issues associated with the adoption and use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Mr. Cohn also coordinates the Coalition for Responsible Cybersecurity, which was formed by leading cybersecurity companies to prevent dual-use export control rules from harming defensive cybersecurity products, services, and technologies. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cohn served in senior policy positions at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for almost a decade, most recently as the assistant secretary for strategy, planning, analysis & risk and second-in-charge overall of the DHS Office of Policy. While at DHS, Mr. Cohn established the cyber policy office within the DHS Office of Policy, and helped shape department policy on issues such as cybersecurity information sharing, cybercrime and cyber-related sanctions, and cyber incident management. He also represented DHS on the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) and related national security review processes for foreign investments, acquisitions, and US license applications. Prior to government service, Mr. Cohn represented major corporations in federal and state court litigation, labor negotiations, and compliance matters involving federal agencies, including the US Department of Labor. Mr. Cohn is a graduate of Columbia University, and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Susie Adams is the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft’s Federal Government business and brings with her over 30 years of IT experience. Ms. Adams joined Microsoft in 1999 and has held several leadership positions in Microsoft including the Director of the Microsoft Reston Virginia Technology Center and most recently the CTO of the Federal Civilian Business. Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent 16 years in the consulting arena working with customers in both the commercial and government sectors. She held a variety of management and leadership roles including practice manager, systems analyst and software developer. Ms. Adams was named as a Fed100 award winner in 2011 and has authored several books on the topics of software integration and web development. Ms. Adams is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a BS in Information Systems.