Ambassador Peter Allgeier
Peter Allgeier is President of Nauset Global LLC, an international trade consultancy based in Massachusetts, USA. He served as Deputy US Trade Representative (2001-2009) and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (2005-2009). Before his appointment as Deputy USTR, Ambassador Allgeier served in a series of senior positions: Assistant USTR for Asia and the Pacific; Assistant USTR for Europe and the Mediterranean; and Associate U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere.
He has a Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. He also was a Rockefeller Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School.
He served as President of the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) from 2012 until 2016. CSI is the association representing the international trade and investment interests of the American service economy, including major international companies from the banking, insurance, telecommunications, information technology, express delivery, audiovisual, energy services, and other service industries.
From 2009 to 2012, Ambassador Allgeier was President of C&M International, a trade consulting firm based in Washington, DC.
Meredith M. Broadbent is a Senior Adviser (Non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A former Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission and Commissioner (2012-2017), she served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Industry, Market Access, and Telecommunications from 2002-2008. In that position, she was responsible for developing U.S. policy that affects trade in industrial goods, telecommunications, and e-commerce. She led the U.S. negotiating team for the Doha Round negotiations to reduce tariff and nontariff barriers on industrial goods. From 2008 to 2010, she was a Trade Advisor at the Global Business Dialogue. Earlier in her career, she served as a senior professional staff member with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives. In that position, she drafted and managed major portions of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, legislation to authorize normal trade relations with China, and the Trade Act of 2002, which included trade promotion authority. She was instrumental in the development and House passage of the implementing bills for the North American Free Trade Agreement and Uruguay Round Agreements. Broadbent holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Middlebury College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management.
Alan Oxley is Principal of ITS Global, consultants on global issues. It is based in Melbourne, Australia. He is Chairman of the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels (ECIPE).
Before establishing ITS in 1990, Alan was a career diplomat. He served in Singapore, at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. He transferred to the Trade Department in 1985 and served as Australian Ambassador to the GATT, the predecessor of the World Trade Organisation until 1989. He served as Chairman of the GATT Council and the GATT Contracting Parties.
ITS Global consults to the public and private sectors on international trade, economic development, natural resources, sustainability and investment. It has developed and delivered capacity enhancement programs for Asian Pacific economies on economic reform, participation in free trade agreements, trade reform and accession to the WTO.
The Australian APEC Study Centre promotes APEC goals and strategies through training and research projects. It is a development partner of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on aid programs.
ITS Global provides advice and research for commercial clients on trade issues including accession to Free Trade Agreements and compliance with WTO rules and obligations. It has advised APEC economies on the benefits and impacts of participating in bilateral Free Trade Agreements and most recently the TransPacific Partnership FTA.
Alan is a regular commentator in Australian and global media on international trade. This includes international wire services, UK news services, Wall St Journal Europe and Asia, Forbes, The Washington Times, Jakarta Post, Bangkok Post, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Xinhua.
Eduardo serves clients in a wide range of competition and regulatory matters. He has fluent relationships with a broad array of senior civil servants in government and regulatory agencies.
He is a member of the investment committee of a major Mexican fund focusing on infrastructure and energy. He is a member of the advisory boards of the American Antitrust Institute, the Fordham Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, Mitsui, as well as of the Board of Trustees of El Colegio de México. He is also a member of the board of directors of Grupo Paisano, a multidisciplinary group of investors and professionals dedicated to promoting socio-economic development of farming communities in Mexico.
Eduardo was President of the Federal Competition Commission from 2004 to 2013. In 2012, he was elected President of the International Competition Network, which groups over 130 competition agencies worldwide. Between 2001 and 2004, he was Mexico’s Ambassador to the WTO, and previously he was head of the negotiation of the free trade agreement between Mexico and the European Union in Brussels. He has also been chief of staff to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Director General of Industrial Policy, Director General of International Trade Policy and chief of staff to the Vice Minister for Revenue at the Finance Ministry. He chaired the TRIPS Council and the Negotiating Group on Rules in the WTO and has participated as a chairman in several WTO panels. He holds a BS in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and has undertaken doctoral studies at UCLA.
Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith
Sir Lockwood completed his MAgrSc (Hons) at Massey University in New Zealand, lectured there in ruminant nutrition before winning a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his PhD in animal science at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide.
In the early 1980s he managed part of the then NZ Dairy Board’s marketing activities around southern and eastern Asia. Elected to the New Zealand Parliament in 1984, during a 29-year Parliamentary career, Sir Lockwood held the ministerial portfolios of education, tourism, deputy finance, forestry, agriculture and international trade.
As Minister of Agriculture, he initiated reform of the NZ Dairy Board that led to the formation of Fonterra. The highly successful “100% Pure” marketing campaign for Tourism NZ, he established while Minister of Tourism and was the first Trade Minister in the world to sign China up to the WTO. Sir Lockwood was involved in developing New Zealand’s global trade strategy, initiating the study that led to the ASEAN-Australia NZ FTA and the agreement with Singapore that ultimately led to the CP TPP.
He Chaired the APEC Trade Ministers’ meetings in 1999, when NZ hosted APEC, as well as one of the key working groups of the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference that same year.
He was elected Speaker of New Zealand Parliament in 2008 before taking up the role of High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ghana & Nigeria, and Ambassador to Ireland in 2013, retiring in 2017.
From 2013 to 2020, Sir Lockwood represented NZ on the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning, and in 2018/19 was appointed a member of a Special Panel advising the NZ Minister of Education.
In 2020 he was appointed to the Trade and Agriculture Commission of the United Kingdom.
He has a lifetime of farming experience and, along with wife and school counsellor, Lady Alexandra, continues to run his 330 Ha Belgian Blue beef farming operation in Northland, New Zealand.
Dr U Srinivasa Rangan
Dr Rangan holds the Lukšić Chair Professorship in Strategy and Global Studies at Babson College. His teaching, consulting, and research range over several disciplines: economics, strategic management, globalization, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. His current research deals with the globalization of Indian, and Israeli firms and their use of acquisitions and alliances; the evolution of industries, firm-level strategies, and national business systems over time; and market distortions, regulations, international trade and competition.
After serving as a manager with State Bank of India in India and England, Dr Rangan held research and faculty positions at IMD, Harvard Business School (HBS), and Tulane University. He has been recognized for both teaching excellence and scholarly accomplishment. At Tulane, he received the Howard Wissner Award for Outstanding Teaching. At Babson, he is the first, and so far, the only, professor to receive three different awards: Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence across all programs, the Thomas Kennedy Award for Outstanding Teaching in graduate school, and the Faculty Award for Scholarship. He is also the recipient of the teaching excellence award in executive programs at Rotman School (University of Toronto). Formerly a fellow of the Legatum Institute for three years (2016-2018), Dr. Rangan is now a member of Academic Advisory Council at the Institute of Economic Affairs, the largest thinktank in the United Kingdom.
Dr Rangan has been a consultant to and a designer/deliverer of executive programs for corporations. He has taught in such programs at Babson, Helsinki School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Amos Tuck School (Dartmouth), Rotman School, and Indian School of Business, working with senior managers from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Among the firms he has worked with are: Adani Group, Aditya Birla Group, Alkem, Biotech Council, Bosch, Constantia, John Deere, Entergy, Gammon India, GE, Holcim, Intel, Novartis, Olam, Panasonic, SAP, Siemens, Telenor, and Wipro. He had also worked with Professor Michael Porter of HBS to advise the Indian government on economic development policies to pursue in order to ensure national competitiveness following the government's decision in the 1990s to liberalize the economy.
Dr Rangan is the co-author of three books (Strategic Alliances: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Globalization, HBS Press, 1995; Capital Rising, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; and Thriving in the 21st Century Economy: Transformational Skills for Technical Professionals, ASME Press, 2013) and the co-editor of a fourth (Global Strategies for Emerging Asia, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2012). His first book was named one of the top 30 business books of the year in both the U.S. and Europe and, later, was named a management classic. His second book deals with how entrepreneurial ecosystems of nations and global capital flows interact to change the global competitive landscape. The third book looks at how globalization has changed the nature of the work for STEM professionals. The fourth book examines how global firms are trying to compete in Asia. He is now working with co-authors on two books: one on the globalization of Israeli firms and the other on international trade, competition, and regulation. Author of chapters in books and several best-selling case studies, Dr Rangan has also published articles in academic journals such as the Economic Affairs, Journal of Global Marketing, Journal of World Business, Strategic Change, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management and Harvard Business Review Online. He has presented papers at academic gatherings and has spoken at several practitioner-oriented conferences and forums.
Education: MSc, Physics, University of Madurai, India | MSc, Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science | MBA, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland | DBA, Harvard University
Francisco J Sánchez is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Tampa office who focuses his practice on trade policy, regulation and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process including mitigation measures. Mr Sánchez has a long and distinguished career in the public and private sectors. Mr Sánchez served as the US Under Secretary of Commerce for Trade until 2013, a role former President Barack Obama nominated him to in 2009. As Under Secretary, Mr Sánchez led the International Trade Administration (ITA) in its efforts to improve the global business environment by helping US businesses compete abroad. As one of the architects of President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI), with the goal of doubling US exports by the end of 2014, Mr Sánchez directed programs and policies that promote and protect the competitiveness of American businesses. Mr Sánchez also oversaw the ITA's role in the CFIUS. During the Clinton Administration, Mr Sánchez served as the assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Prior to the DOT role, he served in the White House as a special assistant to former President Bill Clinton, and chief of staff to the Special Envoy to the Americas. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr Sánchez was the chairman and CEO of CNS Global Advisors, providing strategic advice to companies and governments looking to expand in or resolve issues in foreign markets, including the US Mr Sánchez also serves as an advisor to a private equity firm concentrating on investment opportunities in the Arctic.
John Weekes is a senior business adviser in the Ottawa office of the Canadian law firm Bennett Jones.
He is an expert in international trade policy, trade agreements, and the settlement of trade disputes. He provides clients with an insider’s perspective on how governments approach such matters, including the negotiation, implementation and management of trade agreements and trade relations. With his extensive experience, he assists businesses and governments to develop strategies to advance and protect their interests. He enjoys opportunities to think outside the box and elaborate innovative solutions to the challenges faced by clients.
Mr Weekes participates regularly in conferences on the challenges facing the trading system and related political issues and contributes articles to newspapers and magazines.
Competere is delighted that the work of its CEO, Shanker Singham, the lead author of Plan A Plus for the Institute of Economic Affairs has been nominated for the Templeton Freedom Prize. The Templeton Freedom Prize is given for the work of the top global think tank in advancing the cause of economic freedom. Plan A Plus was developed as an alternative approach to the UK’s post Brexit trade and domestic regulatory policy and was first released in September, 2018. We are pleased that much of the UK government’s current approach to trade policy and domestic regulatory reform is so consistent