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Educating the International Trade Community on Export and Import Process

2023 FALL Advanced Conference  
A New Era of Trade Compliance
october 23-24, 2023 | crystal gateway marriott  click HERE TO REGISTER

Conference Committee

Board Liaisons: Julia Mason | Peraton & Josh Richter | Leonardo DRS

Conference Director: Jennifer Martin | Metrea

Speaker Co-Chair: Tony Dearth | Dearth Consulting LLC

Speaker Co-Chair: Jennifer Fuller | Northrop Grumman Corporation

Audio/Visual Chair: Olaf Casperson | HCLTech

Hotel Chair: Pamela Harrell | Leonardo DRS

Business Office: Donna Dietz & Pati Colon -

(AGENDA (Updated as of October 21, 2023 | Please note that panel timing is subject to adjustment based upon speaker scheduling. Check back for updates! )

DAY ONE: Day 1 – Monday, October 23, 2023 | 8:00 am - 5:00 PM

8:00 – 8:15 | Opening Remarks 

8:15 – 9:30 | Enforcement Landscape Update   

Speakers: Marissa Cloutier, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Department of State | Dan Clutch, Deputy Director, Office of Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Commerce | David Lim, Co-Director, KleptoCapture, Department of Justice | Tom McDonald, Enforcement Officer, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of Treasury | Nathan Swinton, Senior Counsel, National Security Division, Department of Justice | Kay C. Georgi, Partner, ArentFox Schiff LLP (Panel Moderator)

Enforcement of trade controls and sanctions violations is rapidly increasing, and U.S. Government Agencies have issued guidance to industry regarding such enforcement measures, disclosures, and red flags. This panel will discuss such topics as:

  • Departments of Commerce, Treasury, and Justice Tri-Seal Compliance Note: Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Potential Violations
  • Export controls and sanctions violations as a corporate criminal enforcement priority
  • DDTC’s Compliance Program Guidelines
  • Developments within the DOJ’s National Security Division

    9:30 – 10:45 | Employment Practices in a Global Organization: Hiring and Employee Management   

    Speakers: Rob Hart,  Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Department of State | Alberto Ruisanchez, Immigrant & Employee Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice | Josh Fitzhugh, Vice President, Global Trade, Flex | Peter Lichtenbaum, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP | Zachary Parker, Director, Global Trade  Global Strategic Alignment, RTX Corporation

    Hiring and managing the movement of skilled personnel has become a persistent challenge for trade compliance as the world becomes more interconnected, as business needs evolve, and as complex regulatory changes take hold. 

    This panel will explore compliance complexities relative to hiring and employee management, to include: 

    • Balancing trade compliance, including deemed exports, and guidance by the Department of Justice on anti-discrimination
    • U.S. Persons Abroad Guidance from DDTC and Foreign Person Employee Licensing considerations 
    • Regular employee (remote) licensing & guidance
    • Best practices for vetting procedures and tracking personnel nationality and job changes
    • GDPR Considerations in an increasingly global environment 

    10:45 - 11:00 | Break

    11:00 - 12:00 | Managing IT Compliance in an Increasingly Digital World     

    Speakers: Nate Bolin, Partner, DLA Piper LLP | Tracy Gronewold, Senior Director, International Trade Controls, Ankura Consulting | Brittany Smith, Trade Compliance Manager, Northrop Grumman

    As the world becomes more digital, trade practitioners must confront compliance with trade and sanctions regulations as it pertains to IT assets and infrastructure. From establishing networks in the U.S. and abroad, to the management of assets on travel, to what the “encryption carve-out” means, this panel will cover considerations as business digitizes and as travel continues to increase.

    12:00 – 1:30 | Lunch with Keynote Speaker: Christian J. Nauvel, Deputy Chief Counsel for Corporate Enforcement, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice

    1:30 - 2:30 | Beyond DDTC: Key Stakeholders within Department of State for Export Authorizations    

    Speakers: Shannon Dick, Senior Advisor for Arms Transfers, Office of Security and Human Rights, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State  | Salvatore Sciandra, Deputy Director, Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State | Laura Cressey, Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers, Department of State | Sue Gainor, Grey Point® Consulting, LLC (Panel Moderator)

    This panel will provide insight on considerations from various U.S. Government stakeholders when assessing opportunities for the export of technical information, hardware, and services – particularly in light of rapid technological advancement and a shifting geopolitical environment.

    2:30 - 2:45 | Break

    2:45 - 3:45 | Adapting Risk Management Approaches in a Dynamic Geopolitical Environment     

    Speakers: Gisel Nuñez, Sanctions Compliance Officer, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury | Erika Trujillo, Managing Director, SEIA, GmbH | Alexis Wetzler, Assistant General Counsel, Export Compliance, Honeywell | Bob Vander Lugt, Little, Rothwell & Vander Lugt, PLLC (Panel Moderator)

    This panel will discuss managing exposure in today’s rapidly evolving global geopolitical landscape, and how advancements in data analytics can help companies identify areas of compliance risk using information collected through daily business operations for strategic decision making. Areas covered include:

    • Understanding risk exposure and best practices for identifying red flags
    • Understanding how business operations and digitized processes can create areas of risk 
    • How to mitigate risks economically when leveraging limited resources to address almost unlimited compliance risks
    • Effectively leveraging DDTC’s new risk management matrix 

    3:45 – 5:00 | Grappling with Increasing Complexities of the Global Supply Chain

    Speakers: Evan Broderick, Acting Executive Director for the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS), Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce | Kevin Coyne, Director, Office of Technology Evaluation, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Commerce | Maria Assusa, Director, Export Compliance, Honeywell | Jen Maki, Senior Director – Trade Legal Compliance, Applied Materials 

    This panel will discuss the evolving complexities of the global supply chain, both from a U.S. and international perspective, including:

    • New U.S. and non-U.S. controls on chips and semiconductors, as well as anticipated future controls
    • Actions by allies and adversaries that may affect the global supply chain, e.g., Actions taken by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), Japan's chip equipment export controls
    • NDAA Restrictions within Government Supply Chains and resulting impacts
    • Developments within the Office of Information and Communications Technology and Services (OICTS) and anticipated restrictions

    5:00 | Wrap Up & Adjourn Day 1

    5:15 PM | Reception

    DAY TWO: Tuesday, October 24 | 8:00 am - 5:00 PM

    8:00 – 8:10 | Opening Remarks 

    8:10 – 9:25 | Role of Trade Compliance in Navigating New Investment Restrictions   

    Speakers: Melanie Flaherty, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Department of State | James Harris, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Treasury | Marwa Hassoun, Assistant General Counsel, Trade and Compliance, Brooks Automation | Nicholas Klein, Partner, DLA Piper LLP

    Outbound and inbound investment restrictions are continuously implemented as a result of the current geopolitical environment. This panel will provide an overview of the various investment restrictions, considerations for compliance, and the role of trade compliance professionals in effectively meeting such requirements.

    9:25 – 10:40 | AUKUS Deep-Dive   

    Speakers: Laura Farhall, Minister Counsellor Defence Acquisition and Technology, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence | Rosemary Gauci, Minister Counsellor Defence Material, Embassy of Australia | Justin K. McFarlin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Industrial Base Development & International Engagement, Department of Defense | Mira Resnick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Regional Security, Department of State | Dak Hardwick, Vice President, International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) 

    Leveraging AUKUS, the acronym for the trilateral security relations between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as a driver for export control changes has gained traction with the Administration and both sides of the political aisle. However, what those changes are and how they will be implemented is a source of great discussion. Additionally, questions are growing on whether certain countries like New Zealand should be incorporated into the discussion. This panel will discuss the current status of AUKUS, potential changes, and how industry should start preparing. 

    10:40 - 11:00 | Break

    11:00 - 12:00 | Developments in Anti-Boycott Compliance      

    Speakers: Cathleen Ryan, Director, Office of Antiboycott Compliance, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Commerce  | Kevin Cuddy, Government & Regulatory Affairs Executive, Export Regulation Office, IBM 

    BIS has strengthened the Office of Anti-Boycott Compliance's enforcement program to enhance compliance, increase transparency, incentivize deterrence, and compel accountability for those who violate Anti-Boycott Rules. This panel will discuss these and anticipated changes, as well as discuss how compliance programs may adapt to these requirements.

    12:00 – 1:15 | Lunch  

    1:15 - 2:30 | Technology Release & Considerations in Emerging Markets & Sectors   

    Speakers: Aaron A. Ammerman, Deputy Director, Technology Security & Cooperative Programs Navy International Programs Office (IPO-01B) | Rizwan Ramakdawala, Manned Aircraft Division Chief, Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) | Joseph M. Rice, Lt Col, USAF, Chief, Fighter and Air Dominance, Foreign Disclosure and Technology Transfer Division (SAF/IAPD) | Timothy G. Schimpp, Security Assistance Specialist, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA-DE&C) | Colleen O’Connor, Lockheed Martin (Panel Moderator)

    In recent years, sales have increased to and within newer markets and sectors. This panel will discuss considerations as companies enter and/or expand in these growing markets, as well as how companies should consider mitigating unique, country- and sector-specific risks.

    2:30 - 3:00 | Break

    3:00 - 4:00 | Effective Strategies for Senior Management Partnership to Drive Compliance and Prepare for the Road Ahead      

    Speakers: Patty Dudley, Staff Vice President, International Trade & Compliance, General Dynamics Corporation | Hillary D. Doll, Vice President, Global Trade Program & Operations, RTX Corporation | Erica Dillon, Vice President, Chief Regulatory Counsel & Primary Security Officer, Aptiv |  Lindsay Wardlaw, Vice President, Trade Advisory Services, Amalie Trade Compliance Consulting 

    This panel will explore methods and strategies for partnering with senior management to establish and maintain a culture of compliance, as well as to obtain the resources and personnel to compliantly execute business objectives.

    4:00 - 5:00 | Roundtable: Foreign Policy & Export Control Predictions      

    Speakers: Jeannette L. Chu, Vice President, National Security Policy, National Foreign Trade Council | William Reinsch, Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Cordell Hull, Principal, WestExec Advisors

    Looking forward: To close the conference, a team of foreign policy experts will discuss what is on the horizon from a national security and foreign policy perspective, and what we may expect in the coming year(s). 

    5:00 Wrap Up & Adjourn Conference      

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