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Charlene Barshefsky

Known Globally as the Architect and Negotiator of China's WTO Agreement, Ambassador Barshefsky is One of the World's Experts on China

Known Globally as the Architect and Negotiator of China's WTO Agreement, Ambassador Barshefsky is One of the World's Experts on China

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Charlene Barshefsky Biography

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Senior International Partner at WilmerHale in Washington, DC, advises multinational corporations on their market access, investment and acquisition strategies across the globe. She has long been renowned in the US and around the world for her negotiating, policy and legal skills in transactions with governments, state-owned enterprises and private parties. She joined WilmerHale after serving as the United States Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001 and acting and deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. As the USTR and a member of the Presidents Cabinet, she was responsible for the formulation of US trade policy and the negotiation of hundreds of complex trade and investment agreements that significantly opened markets, removed regulatory barriers, and cemented protections for US investment from Europe to Asia, Africa to Latin America, and the Middle East. She also led the negotiation of global agreements to open the financial services and telecommunications sectors, remove global tariffs on information technology products, and protect intellectual property rights.

Ambassador Barshefsky is best known globally as the architect and negotiator of Chinas WTO agreement, which opened Chinas economy as a worldwide market. This agreement, of undisputed historical importance, has helped to reshape the global economic landscape. Her agreement to open the Vietnamese market was the cornerstone of the normalization of relations between the US and Vietnam; and her pursuit of pro-growth trade policies in the Middle East -through the initial creation of special economic zones to integrate Israel with her neighbors, and a Free Trade Agreement with Jordan - has been recognized as a foundation element for subsequent free trade initiatives with the Muslim Middle East.

A renowned figure among governments and policymakers around the world and in the legal profession, and long at center stage in the development of international trade policy, Ambassador Barshefsky has been honored by both Harvard and Yale law schools. Her negotiations are the subject of several Harvard Business School case studies; and her negotiating skills and legal talent have been heavily profiled in a large number of books, magazines and newspapers. She is a frequent lecturer and op-ed contributor in the US and abroad on trade and economic issues of importance, and is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees and numerous other accolades for lifetime achievement. She is recognized as one of the most influential lawyers in the United States, and is a member of a broad range of foreign policy-oriented and economic institutions devoted to public policy and international relations. Ambassador Barshefsky serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Express Company, the Estee Lauder Companies, Intel Corporation, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. She is a Trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Charlene Barshefsky Speaking Topics

  • Globalization: The Politics of Trade

    Ambassador Barshefsky explains the opportunities and complex obstacles associated with the powerful geopolitical forces now shaping U.S. economic relations, political alliances and commercial prospects.

  • Penetrating Foreign Markets Around the World

    Based on her experience as a United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Barshefsky shares her expertise in achieving market access across the globe and for using negotiations to the best commercial advantage.

  • Trading Up To Economic Recovery

    In this timely speech, Ambassador Barshefsky illustrates the critical agenda that can promote growth as trade spurs development, and builds alliances and security with other countries as economic integration creates shared interests. With an unparalleled understanding of international economic policy, Ambassador Barshefsky shares the keys to strengthening the U.S. economy through economic expansion, supporting development and security, and constructively engaging the developing world -• India, China and others.

  • China: The New Frontier

    With over two decades of experience in negotiating with the Chinese government and Chinese businesses across multiple sectors, Ambassador Barshefsky brings a wealth of knowledge to any business seeking entry into this rapidly developing marketplace and will deliver a presentation tailored to your meetings objectives. Ambassador Barshefsky offers unique insight into China's internal policies and politics, negotiating with the Chinese government and businesses, how to navigate the significant challenges, how to succeed in this complex commercial environment, and more.

Charlene Barshefsky Videos

  • Charlene Barshefsky at Former USTR Seminar - YouTube
  • The New Power Play: China, the Global Economy & Corporate ...

Charlene Barshefsky Books

  • U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality (Council on Foreign Relations (Council on Foreign Relations Press))
    U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality (Council on Foreign Relations (Council on Foreign Relations Press))

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Charlene Barshefsky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Globalization: The Politics of Trade, Penetrating Foreign Markets Around the World, Trading Up To Economic Recovery and China: The New Frontier. The estimated speaking fee range to book Charlene Barshefsky for your event is available upon request. Charlene Barshefsky generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Richard Florida, Carly Fiorina and Maddy Dychtwald. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Charlene Barshefsky for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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