Next Steps in the US – Southeast Asia Economic Partnership


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When: May 4 2016 - 12:00pm until May 4 2016 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Next Steps in the US – Southeast Asia Economic Partnership

An Asia Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Alexander Feldman
President & CEO,
US-ASEAN Business Council

Ziad Haider
Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs,
U.S. Department of State

Barbara Weisel
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
Office of the United States Trade Representative

Flags of the ASEAN nations. Source: Flickr user Prachatai.

Alexander Feldman from the US-ASEAN Business Council  provided a consolidated private sector perspective on what should happen next in US-ASEAN economic relations following the Sunnylands summit between President Obama and ASEAN leaders. He will also touch upon insights from recent travel to the region, including how the free trade debate in US elections is being interpreted in Southeast Asia.

Ziad Haider from the State Department discussed how we are supporting the ASEAN Economic Community including through the U.S.-ASEAN Connect initiative announced by the President at the recent ASEAN Leaders Summit in Sunnylands, California. 

Barbara Weisel from the Office of the United States Trade Representative focused her remarks on the outcomes from the Sunnylands summit, specifically the U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Framework Agreement that followed, as well as regional economic architecture.

Alexander Feldman is President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. Founded in 1984, the Council represents more than 150 of the largest American businesses in Southeast Asia through its headquarters in Washington, DC and its seven regional offices. From 2004-2008, Mr. Feldman held senior roles in the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce. He worked under Secretaries of State Powell and Rice, leading the Bureau of International Information Programs, with the rank of Assistant Secretary of State, and responsibility for public diplomacy. Mr. Feldman also served as a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. From 2002-2004, Mr. Feldman served as Vice President and head of Affiliate Sales for CNBC Asia Pacific, and was a member of its executive management committee. He was responsible for distribution of CNBC’s television channels, syndication of its programming, and development of new media platforms throughout the Asia Pacific region. In 2000, Mr. Feldman founded, a webcasting company, headquartered in Singapore and focused on Asia, where he served as President & CEO. Mr. Feldman began his career serving as Special Assistant to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Economic Policy in Washington, DC. Mr. Feldman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, an Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the U.S.-Indonesia Society.

Ziad Haider serves as the Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He leads the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in assisting and promoting U.S. business interests overseas; ensuring that private sector concerns are fully integrated into U.S. foreign and economic policy; and promoting global entrepreneurship and the protection of intellectual property rights. He previously served as a Senior Advisor for international economic affairs on the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State; a White House Fellow in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice; and a Foreign Policy Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Haider was an attorney at White & Case LLP where he represented clients in investor-state disputes before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and counseled clients on regulatory and national security matters, including U.S. sanctions and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process. Fluent in Urdu and proficient in Mandarin and French, he received his JD and MPA from Georgetown and Harvard and BA from Yale and was a Fulbright Scholar in Southeast Asia.

Barbara Weisel joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in 1994 and was appointed to the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific in 2004. She is the U.S. chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and also is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy relating to countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, including work under our Trade and Investment Framework Agreements and other initiatives with the region. Ms. Weisel led the U.S. Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Malaysia and Thailand. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Bilateral Asian Affairs, where she was the deputy lead negotiator on the U.S.-Australia FTA and worked on the Singapore FTA as well as other Southeast Asian and Korean issues. Ms. Weisel previously served as Director for Japan Affairs. Before joining USTR, she worked at the State Department from 1984-1994. During this time, she served in a variety of positions, including as international economist on Japan, the Persian Gulf, and North Africa. Ms. Weisel has two Masters Degrees from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree from Connecticut College.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755