2021 Keynote speaker
SENIOR ADVISER AND SCHOLL CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
William Reinsch brings more than four decades of experience in designing and enforcing international trade policy. He served for 15 years as president of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), the oldest and largest business association dedicated solely to trade policy, export finance, international tax, and human resource issues. In that position, he led efforts in favor of open markets, in support of Eximbank and OPIC, against unilateral sanctions, and in support of sound international tax policy, among many issues. From 2001 to 2016, he concurrently served as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Reinsch also served as the served as the Under Secretary for Export Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration, where he was instrumental in modernizing the Export Administration Regulations to keep up with globalization and technology including high performance computers, microprocessors and encryption. Prior to that, he spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, most of them as senior legislative assistant to the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA) and subsequently to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV).