2018 Annual Conference Keynotes
Trade Policy Update and Perspective: A View from Washington
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
With trade seeming to dominate the headlines, Christopher Wenk from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will provide a unique perspective and outlook for where trade policy and specific trade agreements are headed with the Administration and Congress.
Christopher W. Wenk, Executive Director of International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is responsible for promoting the Chamber’s international trade agenda, including bilateral free trade agreements, multilateral negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with the administration, on Capitol Hill, and in the business community. Since joining the Chamber in 2007, Wenk played a leading role in successful campaigns to win bipartisan congressional passage of trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, Peru, and South Korea. He also led the Chamber’s efforts to secure Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, among other trade initiatives.
Wenk plays a key role in the Chamber’s efforts related to the work of the Geneva-based WTO, and serves as staff executive for the Chamber’s International Policy Committee and Trade Task Force which develop policy positions and recommendations on international trade and investment.
Previously, Wenk was director of international trade policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he advocated on international trade issues with the administration and Congress, worked to formulate positions on trade issues, and managed industry group coalitions. Before joining NAM, Wenk worked on Capitol Hill for the House Small Business Committee, Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Dave Camp (R-MI), and interned at the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington, D.C.