Job Opening: International Trade Policy Research Intern – Washington D.C. Office (remote work possible)

Position: International Trade Policy Research Intern

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Office: Washington D.C.

Reports to: Policy and Program Managers

Duration: 8 weeks, Summer 2022. Dates flexible. Open to Part-Time or Full-Time depending on candidate’s availability.

Compensation: $2,000

The Opportunity – About USCIB:

Founded in 1945, USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence.  Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org

General Description

Main areas of responsibility:

  • In collaboration with the policy staff, the intern will update a variety of USCIB policy documents focused on global trade, international investment, intergovernmental forums [e.g., APEC] and multilateral institutions [e.g., WTO].
  • Additional responsibilities will include implementation of projects involving the development and dissemination of USCIB policy positions on international business policy issues, particularly related to trade, investment, and customs, which will include research, analysis and initial drafting of policy papers, blog posts and other website content and social media outreach.
  • Additional miscellaneous projects as needed and as time permits.

Qualifications

Graduate student with a background in international economics, international affairs, international trade, international law or other related areas. Candidates for master’s in international relations or business administration or law degrees welcome. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English as well as computer proficiency are essential. Must be detail oriented, have strong interpersonal, administrative and organization skills with interest in international relations, trade, and investment policy issues.

Responsibilities

  • Research and writing related to the update and production of USCIB documents on international policy matters and in response to requests for public comments.
  • Coordination of member comments on international affiliate papers and drafts, as well as drafting of other papers and documents.
  • ssist with management of documents and communications with USCIB members, international affiliates and international organizations related to this work and as needed.

How to Apply

Please email resume, cover letter and 2 writing samples to Ashley Harrington (resume@uscib.org), along with your dates of availability. Deadline: February 15, 2022.

USCIB Joins IOE in Mourning the Passing of IOE Honorary President François Perigot

François Perigot

USCIB is joining the International Organization of Employers (IOE) in mourning the passing of François Perigot, who served as IOE President from 2001-2006, after which he was given the role of Honorary President.

Perigot was widely known throughout the employer community as an individual with strong and deep human values, and a forceful believer and advocate for employer organizations. He made significant contributions, during his tenure at IOE, to promoting and protecting employer interests worldwide. He particularly stood out for his unwavering commitment to champion the international business community.

“He was a man of great stature, and IOE and its members were fortunate to have him as their President,” commented Ronnie Goldberg, USCIB senior counsel and former IOE vice president.

As a member of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation, he participated in the elaboration of the report “A fair globalisation: Creating opportunities for All,” presented to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2004.

Perigot was also widely respected businessman and served as president of CNPF (the French employer organization, now known as MEDEF) from 1986 – 1994, and President of MEDEF International from 1997 – 2005.

USCIB Welcomes Several New Policy Support Staff

USCIB has welcomed several new policy support staff at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. In November, USCIB welcomed Katya Nicholas as USCIB’s new Executive Assistant, Office of the President replacing Crys Won who has left the position in March 2021. Agnes Vinblad joined later in November as USCIB Policy and Program Associate, Sustainability. Finally, USCIB welcomed Angela Goulovitch, starting most recently on January 3, 2022 as Policy and Program Associate, Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs.

Katya Nicholas

For the past several years, Katya Nicholas has served in a number of C-Suite EA positions in New York and San Francisco, including for a marketing technology company and a technical company supporting the automotive retail industry. Her experience includes calendar, travel, and project management; team coordination; event management and meeting logistics; communications and HR. Nicholas has expressed great interest in USCIB’s mission, and is an internationalist herself. She was born in St. Petersburg, and lived in Prague and Vienna before moving to California.

She has an MA in Communications/Translation and Interpreting (English/French/Russian) and also speaks Czech, Spanish and German. She has certificates in High-Tech Product Management/Marketing and Project Management from UC Berkeley. She is also a photographer and certified Clifton Strengths Assessment coach. Nicholas is based in USCIB’s New York office.

Agnes Vinblad

Agnes Vinblad is based in USCIB’s New York office, working closely with USCIB Senior Vice President, Policy and Global Strategy Norine Kennedy, supporting USCIB’s advocacy and representation at the UN and other inter-governmental forums relating to environment and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, including the SDGs. Vinblad brings professional experience with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, where she spent the past two years working with questions related to youth, the SDGs and social innovation.

She has held other short-term appointments with multiple NGOs and international organizations. Additionally, Vinblad holds private sector experience from working in strategy consulting and other administrative roles. In 2018, Vinblad was appointed as a Delegate for the Y7 (Youth 7) – one of the official G7 Engagement Groups. This opportunity brought her to both Brussels, Belgium and Ottawa, Canada. She has lived and worked in Norway, China, Hong Kong, as well as her native Sweden, prior to settling in New York.

Angela Goulovitch

Angela Goulovitch is based in USCIB’s New York office, working closely with USCIB Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Gabriella Rigg Herzog on USCIB advocacy work and Member engagement on cross-cutting issues of corporate responsibility and responsible business conduct, labor, corporate governance, human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goulovitch joins USCIB with over 10 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors, with a strong track record of excellence in communications, project management and partnership building, among other areas. Most recently, Goulovitch served as External Advisor on UN affairs for the International Organization of Employers (IOE), where she tracked policy developments, conducted external engagements, and fostered cooperation between employer organizations and UN Resident Coordinators.

Before that, Goulovitch served as a Knowledge Specialist with the International Labor Organization (ILO), where she researched and wrote publications on government and company policy best practices that promote women’s economic empowerment. Goulovitch also has private sector experience in the financial services sector where she worked in client service, as well as public sector experience from her time interning for the U.S. Department of State and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President. Originally from Ukraine, Goulovitch completed her Master of Arts degree in International Relations from New York University in 2018, and is also a true New Yorker – raised and still living in Brooklyn, NY.

 

USCIB Members Honored With Corporate Startup Stars Awards; Pfizer Earns 2021 Grand Winner

On occasion of the annual Corporate Startup Stars Awards, startups were asked to nominate corporates most active in open innovation. Launched by Mind the Bridge under the European Commission’s Startup Europe Partnership initiative in 2016, the Awards have been scaled globally by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

One company that has consistently pursued Open Innovation with Purpose and involving all nations, all genders, all generations is the 2021 Grand Winner, USCIB member Pfizer.

Pfizer’s partnership with startup BioNTech epitomizes this by crossing national, generational and gender borders to come together and help the world with its COVID-19 vaccine.

Along with Pfizer, other USCIB member companies named in the 2021 Top 25 Corporate Startup Stars are: AB InBev, BP, Mastercard and SAP. 

The 25 companies awarded in the “Open Innovation Challengers” category include USCIB members Bayer AG, Boeing and Hewlett Packard.

Regional Awards go to Mastercard (North America).

Special awards for seven categories single out approaches and best practices that merit recognition:

  • Startup Procurement Award
    AB Inbev
  • Corporate Startup Accelerator Award
    Mastercard and SAP
  • Startup Investment Award
    AEI HorizonX (Boeing)

During the Awards Ceremony, Mind the Bridge presented key evidence emerging from its Report “Evolve or Be Extinct. Future Models of Open Innovation from the 2021 Global Corporate Startup Stars” that analyses how Fortune 500/Forbes 2000 companies interact with startups and scaleups at global level.

Download the Mind the Bridge report Report “Evolve or Be Extinct, Future Models of Open Innovation from the 2021 Global Corporate Startup Stars.

See here for the full story on ICC’s website.

Mastercard Wins Coveted State Department “ACE” Corporate Excellence Award for 2021

In a virtual ceremony on December 8, Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced the U.S. company winners of the Department’s 2021 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). For the sixteenth time in the twenty-two years that the ACE award has been presented, a USCIB member company is among the winners.

This year, Mastercard received the ACE award in the multinational company category for “Economic Inclusion,” recognizing its path-breaking work in India to expand financial services to under-banked communities. Mastercard and the U.S. company winners in other categories were honored for their contribution to economic and social progress around the world and the advancement of American values. Secretary Blinken, the U.S. Charge d’Affaires in India, and senior State Department economic officials participated in the virtual ceremony.

Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach accepted the award on behalf for the entire Mastercard team and delivered brief remarks. The State Department website includes details on the award and video link to the ceremony. Mastercard’s public statement also includes interesting details.

In the twenty-two years the State Department has been presenting the ACE Award, sixteen times at least one USCIB member company has been honored. Last year The Coco-Cola Company was a winner for its impressive efforts for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Azerbaijan. In 2019, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble were among the winners.

“We are delighted that again this year, the State Department’s coveted ACE award winners include a great USCIB member company,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robionson. “This is not a coincidence. USCIB members are widely recognized here at home and around the world not only as successful business and leaders in their respective sectors but also as representing the best of American business and our ability to spread American values of inclusion, respect, enlightened personnel policies, investing in employees and communities and responsible stewardship of the environment.  We congratulate and commend Mastercard on its imprssive effots in India and beyond and welcome them to a very impressive club of USCIB member winners of the ACE Award.”

Wanner Receives ‘2021 Community Recognition’ for Leadership Role in ICANN

Barbara Wanner at an ICANN meeting in 2017

USCIB Vice President for ICT Policy Barbara Wanner, who has served as a Business Constituency on ICANN since 2013, has received a 2021 Community Recognition for her dedication to ICANN’s mission and for their invaluable contributions. Wanner is among forty-nine other community leaders to have received a Community Recognition this year.

“The ICANN Board, community, and organization are grateful for the community’s tireless efforts and cooperative spirit shown over the last year,” said David Olive, ICANN Senior Vice President for Policy Development Support and Managing Director for Washington DC. “The collaborative contributions that community members have made through our Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and other groups are central to supporting ICANN’s mission. ICANN org is proud to help facilitate this work toward ensuring the security, stability, and resilience of the Internet.”

“I am honored to have received this recognition from ICANN,” said Wanner. “USCIB’s role in ICANN ensures that policies governing management of the domain name system (DNS) continue to uphold safe, secure, sustainable and resilient operation of the DNS system and the functionality of the Internet. I look forward to continuing to work with my peers and colleagues at ICANN, along with USCIB members to furthering this crucial goal.”

The ICANN Board passed a formal resolution to recognize community leaders.

Job Opening: Policy and Program Associate, Sustainability, New York City

Position: Policy and Program Associate, Sustainability

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Reports to: Senior Vice President for Policy and Global Strategy

Office: New York City

THE OPPORTUNITY – About USCIB: Founded in 1945, USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org

POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Policy and Global Strategy (“SVP”), the Policy and Program Associate, Sustainability provides policy and program assistance on environment and climate change policy-related matters and advocacy. Also supports participation of USCIB at key United Nations meetings, notably CBD, UNFCCC and UNEA. Works with membership department to advance member engagement and development.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist and work in collaboration with SVP in the following areas:
    • USCIB Environment Committee and related Working Groups in the areas of climate change, environment, and SDGs.
    • Policy developments and information source tracking of relevance at the UN, IGOs, BGOs U.S. government, USCIB global affiliates or other trusted sources.
    • Preparation of materials for policy committee meetings, both virtual and in person – agendas, background materials, briefers, etc.); webinars; and organization of meeting notices/materials to committee members and coordination of e-mail responses of same.
    • General and specific event planning.
  • Maintain knowledge of issue areas to be used in liaising with members, providing written and presentation materials, and participating in internal strategy planning sessions.
  • Manage integration of comments on policy statements and final papers, as needed.
  • Assist SVP in drafting, proofreading and editing materials (e.g. outgoing e-mails, letters, newsletters, presentations, and other materials); arrange and attend staff meetings. Assist with management of documents and communications with USCIB international affiliates and international organizations.
  • Support and attend, where needed, meetings and events relevant to policy committees and engagement strategy around NYC and Washington, DC; provide meeting notes to staff and members. Make contacts with members and potential members as necessary; provide assistance to membership department in recruiting and provision of member information.
  • Support maintenance of relevant portions of the USCIB website as needed, relevant to Climate Change and Environment.
  • Develop content for USCIB publications and social media outlets.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned for the overall benefit of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience is required, or Masters in Environment/International Policy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. UN foreign language skills desirable.
  • General Interest and experience in international business policy issues or international relations required. Experience with international environmental policy and/or inter-governmental institutions preferred. Demonstrable appreciation for business and private sector considerations in international and multilateral policy negotiations.
  • Must be pro-active, self-directed and be able to multi-task and prioritize, overseeing multiple projects. Detail-orientation is key and must have strong client-oriented interpersonal, administrative and organization skills.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, content management systems and other computer and web-based programs, including diverse forms of social media.

BENEFITS:

  • The starting salary will be commensurate with candidate experience.
  • Health, dental, vision, Rx, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance.
  • Vacation, PTO, and holidays (and summer hours….2pm closings on Fridays).
  • Matching 401(k).

 

Submit resume and cover note to resume@uscib.org.

USCIB Mourns the Passing of Rob Mulligan

Rob Mulligan (right)
Left: Rick Johnston
Center: Peter Robinson

USCIB members, staff and our global network are mourning the passing on June 20 of Rob Mulligan, former senior vice president for policy and government affairs.

Rob joined USCIB in October 2010 as Senior Vice President, Washington and was promoted to Head of Policy in 2013. With his broad Washington experience, knowledge of trade and investment policy, sound judgement, and always constructive advice, he was a valuable leader in and contributor to our organization.

“Following his passing, we at USCIB have been impressed and inspired by the number and kinds of messages that have been received from so many different corners of the world, just as we have been sad to have to say farewell to our colleague Rob,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “We shall miss him.”

USCIB Board Member, Chair of USCIB’s Trade Committee and Business at OECD (BIAC) Chair Rick Johnston (Citibank) added: “Rob was a great friend and colleague in our DC international trade community—a real leader in helping us define and refine issues.”

Hanni Rosenbaum, BIAC Executive Director, noted “Having worked with Rob for many years, we will always remember him, his strong commitment to our common objectives and his courageous battle during his illness.”

USCIB Welcomes New Leadership in Board of Trustees, Board of Directors

Following recent membership elections, USCIB is pleased to welcome new members to the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term:

New Trustees include Palo Alto Networks CEO and Chairman Nikesh Arora; U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne P. Clark; Ernst & Young Global Chairman and CEO Carmine DiSibio; Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi; BP America Chairman and President David Lawler; Sullivan & Cromwell Vice Chair Scott Miller; The Chemours Company COO Mark Newman; PayPal President and CEO Daniel Schulman; and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) President and CEO Johnny Taylor.

New Directors include SHRM Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary Emily Dickens; Microsoft Vice President for UN Affairs John Frank; Chevron Vice President and General Manager for Government Affairs Karen Knutson; Exxon Mobil Vice President for International Government Relations Leyla Levitsky; Proskauer Rose Partner and Chair of USCIB’s Arbitration Committee Peter Sherwin; and Johnson & Johnson VP for Global Taxation and USCIB Tax Committee Vice Chair Louise Weingrod.

USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson also expressed his appreciation to the nominating committee, which was chaired by Novozymes A/S President and CEO and USCIB Trustee Sustainability Champion Ester Baiget; with members Deloitte Global Deputy CEO and Chief People & Purpose Officer and USCIB Vice Chair Michele Parmelee; and KPMG LLP U.S. Chair and CEO and USCIB Trustee Paul Knopp.

USCIB Welcomes New Director for Investment, Trade and China

Alice Slayton Clark

USCIB welcomed Alice Slayton Clark this week as Director for Investment, Trade and China policy. Clark brings with her considerable experience in trade policy, having worked in a number of international law firms and consulting practices, as well as on Capitol Hill.

Most recently, Clark has been a Senior Government Relations Advisor for Jacobs Global Trade & Compliance LLC. Prior to this she spent time as an independent International Trade Consultant, and as an International Trade Specialist at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy, Graham & James, and Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander and Ferdon. She began her trade career in the offices of Representative Robert Torricelli and Senator Bob Graham.

Alice received a BA in Government and Spanish from Oberlin College, and an MA in International Relations From Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In the past she has served as the President of the Women in International Trade (WIIT) group, and as a leader in local and school organizations.

Alice can be reached at asclark@uscib.org.