- The Benefits Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Brings to US Communities
November 6, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk on the Benefits FDI Brings to US Communities. Featured guests will address how FDI creates jobs, builds the workforce, and propels innovation in the US. They will also consider the tools trade advocates use to communicate the benefits of FDI to various stakeholders.
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Development, Organization for International Investment (OFII)
Aaron Brickman is a recognized expert on foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction and policy, with 20 years of experience building and leading investment and trade programs in government and the private sector. He is currently Senior Vice President for Strategy & Development at OFII – the business association for large foreign-headquartered firms in America – where he landed after serving as founder and Deputy Executive Director of SelectUSA at the U.S. Department of Commerce. At OFII, Aaron is responsible for revenue, strategic partnerships and key external links for OFII – forging new relationships with global companies, the diplomatic community and strategic partners around the world. His work has taken him to more than 60 countries. Mr. Brickman is frequently asked to comment on investment issues related to the United States; appearing in numerous print and broadcast media. Mr. Brickman holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, DC.
Vice President, Representative of German Industry & Trade (RGIT)
As the Vice President of RGIT Freya focuses mainly on trade policy and workforce development. Before joining RGIT in 2017, she worked as Director of International Trade Policy, EU Customs and Transatlantic Relations at DIHK, The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in their Brussels’ office and at EUROCHAMBRES, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, carrying out trade policy activities and managing EU-financed projects supporting the internationalisation of EU companies, especially in the Arab world and in Asia. She is a fellow of “Zukunftsbrücke – Chinese-German Young Professional Campus” and has studied International Business Administration at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the University of Chile, Santiago de Chile.
Grace Ruch Clegg
Projects and Outreach Coordinator, East-West Center in Washington
Grace Ruch Clegg is the Projects and Outreach Coordinator at the East West Center in Washington. Among her various portfolios, she serves as coordinator for the Visiting Fellows and Visiting Scholars programs; coordinator for grant and partner projects; and manages educational and dialogue projects, such as the Congressional Staff Program on Asia. With research specializations in Japan, and broader US-Asia affairs, she formally joined the EWCW as the researcher for the initial Japan Matters for America publication—showing the economic and social significance of US-Japan ties at the state and local level. She has since remained involved in the research, analysis, and project management of numerous elements of the Asia Matters for America initiative, which covers the local impact of 40 Asia-Pacific countries. Ms. Clegg received her MA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, during which she was an exchange student at Waseda University in Tokyo. She earned her BA in East Asian Languages and Culture from Michigan State University, concentrating on Japan and the history and politics of Northeast Asia.
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.