Speaker Bios - Global Trade Forum

GLOBAL TRADE FORUM GUEST PRESENTERS
Mexico-US Innovative Business Opportunities
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Keynote

 
His Excellency, Eduardo Medina-Mora, Embassy of Mexico
 
Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza has built a distinguished career in both the public and the private sectors. Before coming to Washington, Ambassador Medina Mora was Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom (2009-1012). Previous to that appointment, he held cabinet-level positions in the Mexican federal government. He was Attorney General (2006-2009). He also served as Secretary for Public Security (2005-2006), and as Director General of the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN), the Mexican Civil Intelligence Agency (2000-2005). In these capacities he served as a member of the Public Security Cabinet and of the National Security Council.,
 
In his posts, Ambassador Medina Mora has had important responsibilities in international for a and negotiations, including negotiator for the Alliance for Prosperity and Security in North America (2004-2005); Chief Negotiator for the Mexico-U.S. Border Partnership Agreement in 2002; member of the High-Level Group on Border Security Mexico-Guatemala and Mexico-Belize; and he has been a key member of many delegations and bilateral task forces on security cooperation between Mexico and the U.S., Canada, Colombia and Guatemala.
 
In the private sector he was Corporate Director of Strategic Planning and Deputy Director General of DESC Group (1991-2000), a large Mexican conglomerate in the fields of automotive parts, petrochemicals, agribusiness and real estate. He also coordinated the legal advisory team to the Mexican Government during the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations.
 
Ambassador Medina Mora has lectured at conferences and international seminars in Mexico, Latin America and Europe on trade and development, national security, terrorism, public security, organized crime and human rights. He is co-editor of the book Legitimate Use of Force, published by Mexico's National Institute of Criminal and Forensic Studies (INACIPE) in 2008, and author of the book Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone, published by the Ministry of Fisheries in 1989. He has also been a member of the Mexican Bar Association and of the American Bar Association.
 
 

FEATURED SPEAKER

 

Mikel Arriola Peñalosa, Commissioner, Federal Commission for the
Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS)

 

Mikel Arriola is Commissioner of the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) which is responsible for drug approval in Mexico. Commissioner Arriola has previously served as Head of the Unit for Revenue Legislation of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, responsible for developing legislative projects for federal revenue. He also served as advisor to the Minister of Finance and subsequently as Under-Secretary for revenue. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from the London School of Economics as well as a Master's in Law from the University of Chicago.

PANELISTS

 

Trevor Gunn - Managing Director, International Relations, Medtronic, Inc.

Trevor Gunn is Managing Director- International Relations for Minneapolis-based Medtronic, the world’s largest independent medical technology company. Trevor Gunn was formerly long-time Director of the Commerce Department’s Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States (BISNIS) the clearinghouse for US Government information for doing business in the former Soviet Union. He has served the past 18 years as Adjunct Professor at CERES/School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

He received his B.A. from University of San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics in 1992.He has worked with the Chamber of Commerce of Southern Sweden, Dover Elevator Corporation (now Thyssen), International Executive Service Corps and on the staffs of the former San Francisco Mayor and two U.S. Senators from California.He sits on the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy; is an official Trade Advisor to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) in the “Industry Trade Advisory” system of the US Government (Vice Chair for Health). Further, he is Member the Board of Directors for the US-Russia Business Council, the Washington Export Council(Washington, D.C.), the Board of Advisers of the Washington International Business Council, Co-Chair of the Brazil-US Business Council’s Regulatory/Standards Working Group, co-chair of the US-Korea Business Council's Health Working Group, the Board of Directors of the Executive Council on Diplomacy and the Board of the Center for Citizens Initiatives(San Francisco) and on the Board of Advisors of the University of Wisconsin(Madison)’s CIBER (International Business) program.Gunn speaks Swedish, French and Russian. Gunn, his wife and their three children live in Suburban Maryland, a short distance from Washington, D.C.  Medtronic, Inc.

Catherine L. Robinson
Sr. Manager, International Government Affairs
Amgen, Inc. Washington D.C.
 
Catherine Robinson (Cat) is a proven government relations professional with a strong track record of leading government engagement and business development strategies with the U.S. government, the diplomatic community, foreign governments and U.S. Congress. Catherine Robinson is currently Sr. Manager, International Government Affairs at Amgen Inc., the world’s largest biotechnology company. Based at Amgen’s office in Washington, DC, she handles international government affairs and international economic policy and issues for countries in emerging markets around the globe including Turkey, China, Brazil, Mexico and many others.
 
Before joining Amgen Inc., Cat most recently served as a Director of Trade Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) where she was named as one of the Top 30 Lobbyists in Washington D.C. of 2010 by The Hill Magazine. Prior to joining the private sector, she worked at the prestigious U.S. Congress Committee on Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee and for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva (UNCTAD). 
 
She has a J.D. with a focus on international trade and business law from the University of Maryland School of Law and a B.A. in political science and communications from Texas A&M University.  Catherine is also actively involved in the Organization of Woman in International Trade (OWIT) and Women in International Trade (WIIT) where she is currently President for WIIT and has served on the Board of Directors for both organizations.  Catherine is also a triathlete and avid soccer player.  She serves as captain of a co-ed intramural soccer team in Washington D.C. and as Vice President of District Sports- a non-profit providing community service to the DC area and adult soccer leagues.  Amgen, Inc.

 
Colleen Fisher, Mexico Desk Officer, International Trade Administration, Market Access & Compliance (U.S. Dept. of Commerce), U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)
 
As an International Trade Specialist covering the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region, Ms. Fisher is responsible for assisting U.S. companies expand and maintain their commercial presence in North America in addition to assisting them increase exports and trade.   Ms. Fisher supports U.S. company investments abroad by eliminating barriers to trade, advocating for competitive and fair trade, and promoting global economic prosperity.  Over the past year, Ms. Fisher has focused efforts on deepening the commercial relationship with Mexico including, organizing several policy trips to the border region for senior ITA leadership, planning and executing an inaugural U.S.-Mexico border conference in Tempe, Arizona, and representing U.S. interests through bilateral border trade facilitation and regulatory cooperation initiatives.
 
Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Fisher was a Timothy J. Hauser Presidential Management Fellow at the International Trade Administration.  Ms. Fisher has worked in the Under Secretary’s Office to advance the President’s National Export Initiative as well as working in all four ITA units, including Market Access and Compliance, Commercial Service, Import Administration, and Manufacturing and Services. 
Before joining the Department, Ms. Fisher worked as a program analyst at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Strategic and Performance Planning.  
 
Ms. Fisher graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and received an M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy from George Washington University. 

 

Gerardo Patiño, Commercial Counselor, New York, ProMexico
 
Mr. Patiño has a degree of Attorney-at-Law “1993-1998,” by the Anahuac Law Collage in Mexico City, on the year 2004 he graduated at the Ejective Business Program “A D” at Business School IPADE. He got a Marketing specialization studies at Technologic of Monterrey in Mexico City campus. 
 
His professional career started in 1991 on the telecommunication industry at INTERCOM, This firm is a concessionary of the Mexican Federal Government who offered their telecommunications services. In this Firm, Mr. Patiño held several positions. Having and ascending career, he started in 1991 as Indirect Sales Manager and Corporate Account Manager for Mexico City. In 1999 he was Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O). He was charge for 22 braches all over the country and he has a position in the Board of Directors. He held this position until November 2003 when Nextel Inc. bought the company.
 
From the year of 2003 to January 2008 Mr. Patino was the C.E.O. for Singapore Airlines Cargo and Polar Air Cargo for the region of Mexico and Latin American market 
 
February of 2008 he joint to PROMEXICO, appointed Regional Director for the East Cost in US and Canada, this office was based in New York city, controlled the operation of PROMEXICO representative office in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, in the USA territory and in Canada; Toronto and Montreal. During the year 2009 Mr. Patiño was designate Regional Director of all of North America Region of ProMéxico in Us and Canada he was in charge of 12 offices in the region. From January 2010 to Date Gerardo Patiño has been appointed Director of the Office of ProMéxico representation in for the north east coast based in New York. ProMexico
 

Dr. J. Roberto Trujillo
President and CEO
TruBios, LLC

Dr. J. Roberto Trujillo is the President and CEO of TruBios and is responsible for leading the overall strategy and direction of the company. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Trujillo has leveraged his scientific work to become a key leader in promoting biomedical research and biotechnology in Latin America. He has collaborated with several of the most influential government officials and corporate executives in the region to improve and modernize the infrastructure in biomedical research and biotechnology. His commitment includes developing cutting-edge biomedical research centers, biological Level-3 laboratories, and MD/PhD, postdoctoral and professorial exchange programs between Latin American universities and U.S. institutions, including Harvard University, the NIH, and the University of Maryland.
 
Prior to founding TruBios in 2009, Dr. Trujillo was Director of Latin American Research in Virology and Neurosciences and Head of the Laboratory of Neurovirology at the Institute of Human Virology at University of Maryland School of Medicine.
 
Recently, Dr. Trujillo was also recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Professional Mexicans in the U.S." He continues to lecture nationally and internationally in the field of Neurovirology and NeuroAIDS and sits on several consulting and scientific editorial boards, including the Ad Hoc Reviewer of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of AIDS Research, NIH; Ad Hoc Reviewer of the World Bank; Ad Hoc Reviewer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Department, NIH, and a former Permanent Member for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Committee at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH. TruBios, LLC
 

 

GUEST PRESENTERS
Global Trade Forum - February 5, 2013 - "Doing Business in Brazil"

Keynote

 
Brazilian Ambassador — His Excellency Mauro Vieira
 
Ambassador Mauro Vieira is the Brazilian Ambassador to the United States. He arrived in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2010. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and graduated from the Brazilian diplomatic academy, the Rio Branco Institute, in 1974.
 
At the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, he was Coordinator for International Treaties, Advisor to the Secretary General, Assistant to the Head of the Cultural Department, Advisor to the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Chief of Staff to the Secretary General, and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Relations. From January 2003 to May 2006, he was the representative of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations to the Board of Director of Binational Itaipu hydroelectric power plant.
 
He has worked at other Brazilian federal agencies, serving at the Ministry of Science and Technology as Assistant Secretary General of Science and Technology, and National Secretary for the Administration of the National Institute of Social Security in the Ministry of Social Security and Assistance.
Abroad, he served at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, DC (1978-1982); the Brazilian Mission to the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) in Montevideo (1982-1985); the Brazilian Embassy in Mexico City (1990-1992); the Brazilian Embassy in Paris (1995-1999); and the Brazilian Embassy in Buenos Aires (2004-2010).
 
Ambassador Mauro Vieira has been awarded decorations not only from Brazil, but also from other countries such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, France, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, and Romania.
 

Introductory Remarks

 

Montgomery County Councilmember, The Honorable George L. Leventhal

George Leventhal is serving his third term as an at-large Democratic member of the Montgomery County Council. He chairs the council's Health and Human Services Committee, which is responsible for programs affecting the sick, the poor, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled, the mentally ill, and abused and abandoned children, as well as libraries and the arts and humanities. He also serves on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee which oversees zoning and master plans among other topics. Councilmember Leventhal has championed access to health care for the uninsured, housing for the homeless, green buildings, mass transit and clean energy during his time in office. Prior to his election to the County Council, he served as Chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and as Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD). He has lived in Montgomery County most of his life and owns a home in Takoma Park with his wife Soraia P. Leventhal and their two sons, who attend Montgomery County Public Schools. 

Panelists

Michael Dearing is Executive Vice President of Project Finance for Marriott International. He is responsible for leading U.S. project finance transactions in order to facilitate Marriott International’s growth.
Mr. Dearing joined Marriott Corporation in 1986 as Director of Corporate Financial Planning, and in 1990 he was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning. In this role, Mr. Dearing worked with Marriott’s senior management team on issues related to corporate financial policy. In 1991, he moved into the Treasury Department as Vice President, Project Finance, and in 1997 was promoted to Assistant Treasurer. During the time he was with the Treasury Department, Mr. Dearing worked on a wide variety of transactions focusing on sales of hotels and assisted living communities. In 1999, Mr. Dearing was promoted to Senior Vice President reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and leading the U.S. Project Finance group. In 2003, Mr. Dearing was promoted to Executive Vice President.
 
Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. Dearing was a management consultant with Marakon Associates in San Francisco. Marakon Associates specializes in the development of shareholder value maximizing corporate strategies for Fortune 500 companies.
 
Mr. Dearing received a M.B.A. from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1984, and a B.S. in Psychology (1977) and M.S. in Behavioral Pharmacology (1980) from the University of Florida.
 


Vinzenz Plorer, Vice President Strategy e Operations, EMS Brazil
Vinzenz Plorer is Vice President Operations at EMS Pharma in charge of unbranded generics business, branded generics business, hospital business and international business. EMS is the leading pharmaceutical company in Brazil with around 10% market share of the total pharmaceutical market and 30% in generics. Vinzenz is counseling member of ABIFINA, the industry association representing the Brazilian owned industries. Vinzenz held senior management positions at Sandoz including regional head of Latin America and managing director of country organizations. Before joining EMS he was managing director of Brazil and Global Head of Respiratory Franchise. Vinzenz spent several years as head of Business Development building the global Sandoz generics worldwide operations. The projects included various acquisitions in Europe and Latin America and Australia. In total he has more the 23 years of industry experience in Europe, Latin America and Asia, including several emerging markets. Vinzenz graduated in Business Administration and Economics at the Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck. In addition he completed the Advanced Management Program INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

 
 
Parag Sheth, HSP
Parag Sheth is a Director at High Street Partners. Parag brings more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience with start-ups and multi-national companies. His experience includes launching companies and products in the North American and European markets, building brands and positioning companies to raise visibility.
 
 

Braeden Young is a Brazil Desk Officer at the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. 
Mr. Young specializes in matters pertaining to U.S.-Brazil trade policy, market access, and trade compliance issues.  His areas of focus include green trade, infrastructure, education, and information and communication technology.  Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Mr. Young worked for several years at a risk management consultancy, focused on business process improvement and compliance issues.  He has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah and an M.A. in International Relations with concentrations in International Economics and Latin American Studies from the John Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Moderator

 

Dr. J. Roberto Trujillo, President and CEO, TruBios, LLC 

Dr. J. Roberto Trujillo is the President and CEO of TruBios and is responsible for leading the overall strategy and direction of the company. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Trujillo has leveraged his scientific work to become a key leader in promoting biomedical research and biotechnology in Latin America. He has collaborated with several of the most influential government officials and corporate executives in the region to improve and modernize the infrastructure in biomedical research and biotechnology. His commitment includes developing cutting-edge biomedical research centers, biological Level-3 laboratories, and MD/PhD, postdoctoral and professorial exchange programs between Latin American universities and U.S. institutions, including Harvard University, the NIH, and the University of Maryland.

Prior to founding TruBios in 2009, Dr. Trujillo was Director of Latin American Research in Virology and Neurosciences and Head of the Laboratory of Neurovirology at the Institute of Human Virology at University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Recently, Dr. Trujillo was also recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Professional Mexicans in the U.S." He continues to lecture nationally and internationally in the field of Neurovirology and NeuroAIDS and sits on several consulting and scientific editorial boards, including the Ad Hoc Reviewer of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of AIDS Research, NIH; Ad Hoc Reviewer of the World Bank; Ad Hoc Reviewer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Department, NIH, and a former Permanent Member for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Committee at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH.

 

 


Global Trade Forum - October 2, 2012
"Accessing Opportunities from the Multilateral Development Banks"
Guest Presenters

Antwaun Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Antwaun Griffin joined the International Trade Administration (ITA) in 2012 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations.

Prior to joining the ITA, Antwaun served as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Senior Advisor for Field Operations from 2009 through 2011. In this position, he coordinated the development of policies, guidelines and operating procedures relating to the day-to-day management and operations of SBA’s 114 regional and district field offices around the country.

Antwaun has a strong understanding of the interagency, legislative and intergovernmental processes and served as the field offices’ chief point of contact for other federal agencies with economic development programs. In addition to developing and managing field staff training on new programs and policies, he also helped to develop a model for field leadership which is credited with maintaining the high value of service to SBA’s customers and local stakeholders during the past three years.

Antwaun developed the political, management, and strategic acumen required for this position through over a decade of experience in politics and field operational management. He’s worked on or led numerous state and national efforts including service as the Georgia State Director for Obama for America, National Political Director for America Votes, Southern Political Director for Dodd for President, and a Campaign Manager for many local and state races.

Antwaun is a native of Richmond, Virginia and attended the University of Virginia where he was an Echol’s Scholar.

 

Scott Bozek, Advisor & Director of Business Liaison, Office of the U.S. Executive Director, World Bank Group

Scott Bozek is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and has over 30 years of experience in international business and government affairs.  He joined the U.S.Department of Commerce in 1974 and worked as an economist in the Bureau of East-West Trade. He then joined the Commercial Service at its inception in 1980. His foreign assignments include postings as the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S.Embassy in Bucharest, Romania (81-85), the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S.Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey (87-91), the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S.Embassy in Oslo, Norway (91-96), and Budapest, Hungary (00-05), as well as the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S.Embassy in Moscow, Russia (05-08). Scott also served in Washington as the Senior Advisor for HARD to the Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service (96-98). Most recently he was the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, Canada (08-12). He is currently the Advisor and Director of Business Liaison in the Offices of the U.S. Executive Directors at both the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Scott has strong economic and financial skills from his academic training and his years of work with Eximbank, TDA, OPIC.  In Romania he was involved with the financing issues related to the Cernovoda Nuclear Power plant.  In Turkey Scott worked projects involving OPIC and the EBRD and World Bank.  In Hungary and in Russia he cooperated with representatives from the World Bank, EBRD and MIGA on a number of projects including those involving the sale of U.S. medical equipment. Scott earned his B.A., Magna cum Laude with a Phi Beta Kappa award from the University of Massachusetts – Boston in Russian Studies in 1972.  He also earned a M.I.A. from Columbia University – SIPA, where he was a Columbia Fellow focusing on Central and E. Europe Studies in 1974.  He was selected by Commerce to attend the National Defense University – the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he earned a M.S. in national resource strategy in 1999 along with several notes of distinction, including the National Military Intelligence Association’s Earl Forrest Lockwood award. Scott has trained in wide range of languages, including Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, French, Turkish and Serbo-Croatian. Scott won two Golds and one Silver (fencing) at the Pan American Games - 1975 & 1979, was member of the U.S. Olympic Team (fencing) - 1972 Munich & 1976 Montreal, was four times a U.S.National Champion (fencing), 68, 69, 73 & 75, and is still an active member of the U.S. Fencing Association, as well as a fencing coach with TCFC in Peabody.  Scott is married to Judy Bozek and they have three grown sons and one grandson.

 

Alessandro Pio, Resident Director General, North American Representative Office, Asian Development Bank

Alessandro Pio is the Resident Director General of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) North American Representative Office (NARO) in Washington DC since May 2011.

Mr. Pio joined ADB in 1993 in the Strategy and Policy Department. He later became programs economist for Viet Nam, where he was posted from 2000 to 2004, and Country Director in Sri Lanka, where he helped coordinate the aid agencies post-tsunami reconstruction response, and oversaw ADB’s country program, including operations in the conflict-affected northeastern provinces. Before moving to Washington Mr. Pio led ADB-wide operations planning in the Strategy and Policy Department, and was Senior Advisor in ADB’s Budget, Personnel and Management Systems Department.

Before joining ADB, he was a professor at Bocconi University in Milano, Italy, where he taught macroeconomics and development economics, and worked in Latin America with the Economic Commission for Latin America and UNICEF. He holds a Laurea (B.S.) in Economics and a Masters’ degree in Community and Regional Planning. He has authored and edited numerous articles and publications on themes related to economic development and human capital.

 

Americo “Mack” Tadeu, Deputy Director - Advocacy Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

Mack Tadeu is currently Deputy Director of the Advocacy Center at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The Advocacy Center assists US companies to expand their sales to foreign governments. The Center coordinates U.S. government resources and authority to create a level playing field on behalf of American businesses. He manages a staff of 20 professionals and monitors a database of 600+ active advocacy cases involving 150+ U.S. companies with commercial interests across the globe.

Previously, he served as the Director of Business Liaison to the U.S. Executive Director to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB.)  His mandate is to assist U.S. companies to identify opportunities in doing business with the IDB.  Prior to Washington, he served as the Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile.  Principal responsibilities included: sponsoring trade exhibitions, organizing individual company and group commercial missions, preparing market research reports, reporting investment and trade opportunities for U.S. exports and investment, and advocating on behalf of U.S. companies.  Of particular note, his office identified new market and investment opportunities for U.S. companies under the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Chile.  He served from 1999-2002, as Acting Regional Director for the East Asia Pacific region of the US Commercial Service (CS) in Washington, DC.  As the Regional Director, he supervised the work of commercial officers and their staffs in the 13 most commercially dynamic countries in that region, such as, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.  He also served as the Senior Advisor of the Career Development and Assignments Division.  As Senior Advisor promoted, recruited, assessed, counseled and assigned commercial officers to onward assignments among the 200+ domestic and international CS offices.

Mr. Tadeu served as the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer for the U.S. Commercial Service, at the U.S..Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 1995-1999. He was in charge of administration and governmental commercial relations for four commercial offices in country. Prior to arriving to Brazil, Mack was the Senior Commercial Officer in Panama for two years and Principal Commercial Officer for two and one half years at the Consulate General in Guadalajara, Mexico. His tenure in Mexico fell during the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mr. Tadeu earned an MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service at The American University, Washington, DC. His academic concentrations were International Business and Latin American Studies.  Further, he earned a BA from Drew University, located in Madison, NJ.  His majors were Political Science and Spanish Literature.

Mr. Tadeu speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. He is a native of Danbury, CT, is married, has three children and resides in Bethesda, MD.

 

Bill Burwell, Director, US Commercial Service, US Export Assistance Center – Baltimore

Bill Burwell is responsible for the management and operations of the US Export Assistance Center (USEAC) located in Baltimore, MD. The USEAC assists firms to increase international sales and expand business operations by utilizing the US Department of Commerce US and Foreign Commercial Service network as well as federal, state and local partners. Previously, Mr. Burwell was Senior Manager at the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In this position he directed research on international and domestic issues affecting US manufacturing and small business competitiveness. Mr. Burwell also served as vice president of business development at a business-to-business start-up company providing marketing partnerships, brand management and strategic alliance development services. He holds an MBA from Clark University and a BA in Political Science from Drew University.

Manish D. Kothari, President, Sheladia Associates, Inc.

Manish Kothari is the President of Sheladia Associates Inc., an international developmentā€consulting firm headquartered in metropolitan Washington DC area since 1974 that has implemented projects here in the United States and over 25 Countries worldwide.  With over 20 years experience in engineering, at national and international level in areas of infrastructure and sustainable development, Mr. Kothari has worked on major infrastructure projects domestically here in the United States and internationally in many continents and countries. Many of these international projects have been funded by USAID, Department of State, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Interā€American Development Bank, African Development Bank and many other bilateral and host government contracts predominantly in Asia and Africa. Mr. Kothari has participated on many international conferences, forums and seminars on issues related to infrastructure development as an integrated and sustainable approach.

Prior to joining Sheladia Associates Inc., Mr. Kothari worked for Bechtel Corporation in engineering and management positions and before that he worked for an Austrian Engineering Company working on tunneling projects in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Kothari is also the Chair for American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) International Committee, and in that capacity engages in dialogue and discussions with key decision makers in the government and private sector to assist with the International development strategy of the United States in relation to Infrastructure programs and projects while also exploring and encouraging opportunities for American Engineering Companies overseas.

Mr. Kothari has a Masters degree in Structural/Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree from India, in Civil Engineering.

 

John Ferriter, Inter-American Development Bank

John Ferriter, a U.S. citizen, joined the staff of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 1991 and currently works in the Office of External Relations as coordinator of outreach activities for the Bank’s Vice Presidency for Private Sector Operations. He wrote the Bank’s new Access to Information Policy, which took effect on January 1, 2011, and helps coordinate its implementation throughout the Bank’s headquarters, 26 Country Offices in the Region, and offices in Madrid and Toyko.

During his years at the IDB, Mr. Ferriter has launched and/or coordinated a number of key outreach programs, including the Business Opportunities seminars, Speakers Bureau and Visitors Program, the Bank’s parliamentary network in both borrowing and non-borrowing member countries, and the Bank’s dialogue with civil society organizations.  He speaks frequently before business, government and civil society audiences on a range of issues including the role of the private sector in international development, transparency and governance, social exclusion and the strengthening of civil society institutions in the region. 

Prior to coming to the IDB, Mr. Ferriter worked as an Appropriations Committee and personal staff aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, specializing in trade, foreign policy and financial issues.  He is a graduate of Harvard College, studied as a visiting fellow at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and received an M. A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.