IFE to host special guest USTR Ambassador Katherine Tai

The Institute for Education will host a salon with a special guest speaker, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Financial Times US-China Correspondent Demitri Sevastopulo will join us as moderator of the fireside chat. A new approach to trade policy has been central to the Biden-Harris Administration’s economic and foreign policy, and Amb. Tai is at the very forefront.  The evening will be an opportunity to hear her candid perspectives on the United States’ place in the economic world, how new technologies are changing global trade dynamics and more.

H.E. Geraldine Byrne Nason will co-host the salon at the historic Irish Residence along with IFE Founder and CEO Coach Kathy Kemper and IFE President Dr. R. David Edelman. A special introduction of Ambassador Tai will be made by the First Gentleman of Trade, Robert Skidmore. By invitation only.

ABOUT: Ambassador Katherine Tai was sworn in as the 19th United States Trade Representative on March 18, 2021. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Tai is the principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on U.S. trade policy. Prior to her unanimous Senate confirmation, Ambassador Tai spent most of her career in public service, focusing on international economic diplomacy, monitoring, and enforcement. She previously served as Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director for the House Ways and Means Committee in the United States Congress. In this capacity, Ambassador Tai played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. trade law, negotiation strategies, and bilateral and multilateral agreements, including the recently re-negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Ambassador Tai is an experienced World Trade Organization (WTO) litigator. She previously developed and tried cases for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, eventually becoming the Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement. Before transitioning to federal service, she practiced law in the private sector, clerked for district judges, and taught English in Guangzhou, China. Ambassador Tai earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She is fluent in Mandarin.

ABOUT: Demetri Sevastopulo covers all aspects of the US-China relationship, ranging from foreign policy, national security, and intelligence to trade, economics, and business. Demetri served as Washington Bureau Chief from 2015 to 2021, covering the White House, the Trump administration, and the 2016 and 2020 presidential races. During his more than 13 years reporting from Washington, he spent six years covering the Pentagon and intelligence agencies during the Bush and Obama administrations. He has interviewed everyone from Donald Rumsfeld to Donald Trump.

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Jan 22 2024


6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Washington DC
Washington DC