Modern NAFTA, Modern Borders: Orienting North American Trade to the 21st Century – August 10

  • Modern NAFTA, Modern Borders: Orienting North American Trade to the 21st Century
    August 10, 2017
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Date: August 10, 2017
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: Hogan Lovells US LLP

On May 18, U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer notified Congress of the Administration’s intent to negotiate the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). August 16 marks the end of the 90-day consultation period during which government representatives garner insights and recommendations from the private sector and concerned citizens to shape the U.S.’s negotiation objectives. Ahead of the launch of negotiations with Canada and Mexico, and with the initial USTR publication of U.S. NAFTA priorities in hand, the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk where public- and private-sector experts will provide insights on how updating NAFTA can address longstanding barriers to trade, both at and beyond the border. The 25-year-old agreement does not consider the complexities of modern trade mechanisms and commercial technologies; panelists will discuss how negotiations present an opportunity to put North American trade back on the cutting edge of regional commercial cooperation.


Christina Kopitopoulos
Director for Customs Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)

Christina Kopitopoulos joined the Office of the United States Trade Representative in May 2012, and is currently a Director of Customs and Trade Affairs with the WTO and Multilateral Affairs Office.  Christina is a lead negotiator for the Customs and Trade Facilitation chapters of U.S. bilateral initiatives, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) with the European Union, and on bilateral Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation Agreements with the Middle East and North Africa regions and the East African Community.  Christina was part of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations leading on the enforcement aspects of the Textiles Chapter including the three bilateral textile monitoring agreements with Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. Christina was an essential member of the U.S. delegation to the WTO Trade Facilitation Negotiation Group from the beginning of negotiations in 2004 to the successful conclusion of negotiations in December 2013.  She was responsible for advising U.S. negotiators on all customs matters, including legal, policy and operational aspects and was a featured speaker and presenter of various trade facilitation measures to the WTO Membership during the TF Agreement negotiations.  She is now the U.S. lead for the TFA, including leading the U.S. National Trade Facilitation Committee.  In addition Christina is the U.S. delegate to the WTO Customs Committee on Valuation.

Prior to joining USTR, Christina was a Senior Attorney-Advisor with Regulations and Rulings, Office of Trade, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  During Christina’s 14 years with CBP, she worked on a large range of subject-matters including drawback, duty deferral programs, valuation, free trade agreement claims, maritime and cabotage issues, entry procedures, mail and expedited shipment importations, customs brokers rules, and border security initiatives.  Christina was a leader on the development of the CBP Concept of Operations for the creation of the interagency portion of the Automated Commercial Environment; and other high profile customs programs and initiatives on cargo security.

Christina is a Member of the New York Bar, New Jersey Bar, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  She received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina, and her B.A. from Binghamton University.


Nicole Bivens Collinson
Head of International Trade and Government Relations, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg

Nicole Bivens Collinson leads the International Trade and Government relations practice of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and serves as managing principal of the Washington, D.C., office. She is also a member of the Firm’s Operating Committee.

Nicole has over 25 years of experience in government, public affairs and lobbying. She has drafted and guided the successful implementation of several pieces of key international trade legislation, positively affecting the bottom line of many U.S. companies. She prepares countries, companies and associations for negotiations with the United States on free trade agreements, trade and investment agreements, labor disputes or other preferential programs.

Nicole is a well-known international trade authority in Washington, regularly called upon by members of Congress and the administration to help explain complex trade programs. Her decades of work with the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security committees and the Senate Finance; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees has established deep and lasting relations with members of Congress and their staffs.

Prior to joining the Firm, Nicole served as assistant chief negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, responsible for the negotiation of bilateral agreements with Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Sub-Continent and Africa. She also served as a country specialist in the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce, where she was responsible for the preparation of negotiations on specific topics between the U.S. and Latin America, Eastern Europe, China and Hong Kong, as well as the administration of complex textile agreements.

Nicole holds a master’s degree in international relations from The George Washington University and a triple bachelor’s degree in political science, European studies and French from Georgetown College. She also studied at the Université de Caen in France. She is current Chair of the Women in International Trade Charitable Trust, past president of Women in International Trade, an Advisory Board member of America’s, and a member of the Washington International Trade Association, the Washington International Trade Association Foundation, and the National Association of Manufacturers and Women in Government Relations.


Amgad Shehata
Senior Vice President, Global Borders Policy, UPS

is a Senior Vice President with UPS, having responsibilities for International Public Affairs and Strategy. In recent years as supply and value chain issues have risen in strategic importance, Amgad has facilitated a wide ranging dialogue between public and private stakeholders on trade, continental competitiveness and security. Amgad leads a team of borders and customs policy experts to explore solutions for modern supply chains.

Based in Washington, D.C., Amgad served as co-chair of the U.S. private sector Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) coalition, co-chair of the Americas Business Dialogue and sits on the executive committee of the Global Express Association in Geneva, Switzerland.

During his 27 year tenure at UPS, Amgad has held several senior management roles including strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, accounting and marketing. He has leveraged his transportation experience and cross-border knowledge to help develop and launch numerous new innovative product and process solutions for UPS that reduce friction points in global commerce and, in particular, North American trade.

Amgad started as a driver with UPS after finishing his degrees at York University in Toronto, Canada.



Preregistration recommended.
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.








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