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MIIS Alum to Speak on Economic Statecraft and Power in a Multi-polar World

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Mark your calendars: MIIS Alum Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford to Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium on February 17, 6-8pm with career networking reception at 5pm.

Event Details:

Who: Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford

Lecture topic and key considerations:

Economic Diplomacy:  A Private Sector Perspective

  • Working in a global marketplace
  • Dealing with domestic policies in an international market
  • Trade agreements and the rules of the international system
  • Standards, trade facilitation, and global value-chains
  • Corporate values, social responsibility and sustainable development

When: February 17, 6-8pm; Reception 5pm at the Upper McCone Atrium with lecture to follow in McGowan 102

 The Spring Colloquium is honored to welcome back Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford to speak on Economic Statecraft and Power in a Multi-Polar World, based on their experience working with trade in the private sector.  Ann and Jennifer, will speak on topics such as how the WTO and trade law ties into the private sector. They will explain from experience how the private sector works with the US administration, foreign governments, international institutions, NGOs, and trade associations.

You will have the chance to socialize and network with Ann and Jennifer at their welcome reception from 5-6pm, in the Upper McCone Atrium. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Students are encouraged to seek career tips from Ann and Jennifer.

 Speaker Profiles:

Ann Rollins

Ann Rollins is currently a government relations IT executive. Ann’s curriculum vitea includes acting as VP for Technology & Trade Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) in Washington, DC.  Ann worked on streamlining technical regulations on IT products by leveraging the local presence of ITI members based in Asia.

Considered one the leading experts in her field, Ann has been invited to speak on high-tech trade and IT standards related issues before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the World Trade Organization (WTO), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Japan’s Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI), and U.S. government sponsored events on Trade Facilitation and Standards in China.

Ann holds a B.A. in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs from Miami University of Ohio and an M.A. in International Trade Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Jennifer Sanford

Jennifer joined Cisco in April 2004, and currently serves as Senior Manager of International Trade & Energy Policy in the Government Affairs Department in Washington, DC. Ms. Sanford is responsible for advancing Cisco’s international trade policy agenda, and serves as Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) International Committee. She also manages Cisco’s U.S. climate & energy policy vision, strategy and execution, in areas such as grid modernization, climate change, energy efficiency, e-waste and eco-design.

Prior to Cisco, Ms. Sanford was Director of International Trade Policy for seven years at the American Electronics Association (AeA – now TechAmerica) in Washington, DC, where she successfully led the high-tech industry’s efforts to secure Congressional passage of legislation to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in 2002, and to establish China’s Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status in 2000. She also worked for many years on the development and implementation of the European Union (EU) environmental and energy laws on electronics.  Ms. Sanford’s career began in 1996 in San Francisco, CA, with a customs consulting and publishing firm, Worldtariff (now owned by FedEx).

Jennifer  holds B.A. in International Studies and an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.


This event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP to attend this speaker and/or reception, please email Cara Hagan at by 2/13/2014.

To learn more about the colloquium, please visit the Colloquium Landing Page.

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