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2016 WITA-GWU Intensive Trade Seminar

Washington International Trade Association (WITA)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

2016 WITA-GWU Intensive Trade Seminar

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
NON-WITA Member 3d 31m $600.00 $7.95
WITA Member (Regular) 3d 31m $500.00 $7.95
NON-WITA Member (Government/Embassy/Student) 1d 15h 1m $400.00 $7.95
WITA Member (Government/Embassy/Student) 3d 31m $300.00 $6.99

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Washington International Trade Association and

the George Washington University

International Trade and Investment Program

proudly present our two day

Intensive Trade Seminar 



The WITA/GWU Intensive Trade Seminar is a two-day overview of how the US Government formulates and enforces trade policy. The panels and speakers of the seminar provide unique opportunities for attendees to increase their professional knowledge base and broaden their network of contacts by learning the nuts and bolts of trade policy making.

The WITA/GWU Intensive Trade Seminar brings current issues in trade policy to life.  Participants will interact with career trade professionals, pose questions directly to policy makers, and learn in depth about the ever-shifting trade landscape. Attendees will come away not just understanding the trade policy-making process, but just as importantly, knowing its key components and key players.



Who should attend

The two-day Intensive Trade Seminar is especially geared toward newly arrived embassy staff working on economic and trade issues. Others who will benefit include private sector guests overseeing government affairs, U.S. Government members wanting to brush up on their trade policy making, graduate students* seeking a career in trade policy, others new to the trade policy field, and anyone serving the import/export community.

Due to space constraints, the Intensive Trade Seminar is not open to the press.

  ( *for graduate credit at GWU, please email GWU ITIP Program Coordinator Kyle Renner at itip@gwu.edu )

Panel Topics: Overview

The opening panels will provide an overview of trade policy responsibilities in Congress and in agencies across the US Government.  This framework will provide the context for the remaining panels of the two-day program.  Other topics to be examined include policy monitoring and dispute settlement; enforcement and remedies; FTA’s and other trade agreements; and much more.  

 Our Speakers

Speakers are career trade policymakers from the US Government and Capitol Hill, the private sector, NGO’s, and other players in the trade policy arena.  We carefully select speakers with years of experience on their given topic, as well as an ability to convey that experience clearly to students.

 Dates and Venue

The Intensive Trade Seminar will be held Sept. 28-29, 2016,
the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs. 

Our classroom is the state-of-the-art State Room, on the 7th Floor of the Elliott School building at 1957 E St. NW — across from the State Dept, and blocks from USTR, Commerce, and other key trade policy making agencies.

Lunch and Breakfast included!

 Certificate of Achievement for attendees who complete
the entire two-day seminar.


WITA-GWU Intensive Trade Seminar:

Tentative Schedule - Speakers TBA

DAY ONE: Wednesday Sept. 28

8:00 AM:


REGISTRATION, Check in, Packet pickup. Light breakfast/coffee.


City View Room
8:15 AM:


Program Opening and Introductions


State Room
8:30 - 9:30 AM:

Seminar 1: Trade Policy Making in Congress (House Perspective)

Angela Ellard, Chief International Trade Counsel & Staff Director, House Ways and Means Committee


9:30 - 10:30 AM:

Seminar 2: Trade Responsibilities in the Executive Branch

Marideth Sandler, CEO and International Trade Advisor, Sandler Trade LLC


10:30 - 10:45 AM:


City View Room
10:45 – 11:45 PM:

Seminar 3: US Trade Remedies 

Stephen Claeys, Trade Counsel, U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, International Trade Administration

Stacy J Ettinger, Chief Counsel, Senator Charles E Schumer, U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration


11:45 - 1:00 PM:


Lunch session (lunch is included)


City View Room
1:00 - 2:00 PM:

Seminar 4: Policy Monitoring and Dispute Settlement

John Liuzzi, Director, Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce

Dan Brinza, Senior Counsel for Dispute Settlement, Office of the United States Trade Representative 


2:00 - 3:00pm:

Seminar 5: Transatlantic Trade and Investment


Majorie Chorlins, Vice President, European Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Esther Nieto Hernandez, Counsellor, Deputy Head Trade and Agriculture Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America 


3:00 - 3:15 PM:


City View Room
3:15 - 4:30 PM:

Seminar 6: TPP Session: Status and Prospects

Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade and Government Relations, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Alberto Hart, First Secretary, Embassy of Peru


4:30 - 5:30 PM:

Networking Social 

City View Room



DAY TWO: Thursday Sept. 29

8:15 AM: 


Registration desk opens. Light breakfast/coffee.

City View Room
8:30 - 9:30 AM:

Seminar 7: Trade Policy Making in Congress (Senate Perspective)

Jayme White, Chief Advisor for International Competitiveness and Innovation, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance


9:30 - 10:15 AM:

Seminar 8: Trade Promotion Coordination

Pat Kirwan, Department of Commerce, Dir, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat 

Tricia Van Orden, Deputy Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce

State Room
10:15 - 10:30 AM:


City View Room
10:30 -11:30 AM:

Seminar 9: Trade, Economic Development and Capacity Building

Katrin Kuhlmann, Founder, New Markets Lab 

Andrea Durkin, Principal, Sparkplug LLC


11:30 - 12:45 PM:


Lunch session (lunch is included)

City View Room
1:00 - 2:15 PM:

Seminar 10: Intellectual Property Rights

 Richard Kjeldgaard, Owner, Kjeldgaard PLLC 

Jonathan Engler, Partner at Adduci Mastriani and Schaumberg LLP



2:30 - 3:30 PM:

Seminar 11: Services in Regional, Plurilateral, and Multilateral Negotiations

Christine Bliss, President, The Coalition of Service Industries


3:30 - 4:00 PM:

Awarding of Certificates and Program Closure



*Sorry, NO FREE PASSES may be used for this event*

WITA has a 10 day cancellation policy for this event.  

Any cancellations within 10 days of the event are billed to cover costs.


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GWU Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St. NW
7th Floor
Washington , DC

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Washington International Trade Association (WITA)

WITA is Washington’s premier trade forum. It is the largest non-profit, non- partisan organization in the world dedicated to providing a neutral forum for an open and robust discussion of international trade and economic issues.

Our growing membership consists of over 1,800 international trade professionals, including business people, diplomats, academics, government employees, attorneys, consultants, and others interested in international trade.

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