NAFTA Renegotiation: Industry Perspectives on How to Grow Production & Jobs in North America – 4-12-17

  • April 12, 2017
    10:30 am - 11:30 am


Sarah Bovim,
Vice President for Government Relations and International Trade Policy, Whirlpool Corporation

Sarah Bovim, Vice President for Government Relations and International Trade Policy, joined Whirlpool Corporation in 2006.  She heads Whirlpool’s D.C. government relations office, focusing on Congressional and Administration affairs, most notably tax, monetary, trade and energy policy. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Ms. Bovim worked for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Deputy Assistant USTR for Industry and Market Access, advising the USTR on industry issues and market access matters. Formerly of USTR’s World Trade Organization Office, she joined the Office of Industry to coordinate U.S. industrial market access policy across bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral negotiations, including accessions to the WTO, the Doha Round, and free trade agreements.  Before joining USTR, she worked as a special advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to government she worked at the World Bank as a Research Economist for the West African region on financial and macroeconomic issues. Sarah graduated from American University in Washington, DC with a Masters degree in International Economic Policy and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs. She studied political science two years abroad at the Sorbonne and L’Institut des Etudes Politiques. 

She is a mom of three children, yoga teacher, and an avid runner and tennis player. She frequently lectures at Georgetown University on Public Policy and serves Refugees International as a corporate board member.

Linda Dempsey,
Vice President, International Economic Affairs, National Association of Manufacturers

Linda Dempsey is the vice president of international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In this capacity, Ms. Dempsey leads the NAM’s efforts to improve the global competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States by advocating intellectual property protection, increased export financing and the elimination of trade barriers as well as pushing for agreements and treaties to open up new export markets to create jobs. Ms. Dempsey is noted for her experience on a wide range of international trade and investment policy issues.

Prior to the NAM, Ms. Dempsey worked in both the private sector and on Capitol Hill as a strong and effective advocate for America’s interests in international economic policy. Most recently, Ms. Dempsey served as vice president of the Emergency Committee for American Trade where she represented Fortune 500 companies on trade, investment and international tax policy. Prior to that, she worked as trade counsel for the Senate Finance Committee for several years where she advised the committee’s members on trade legislation; multilateral, regional and bilateral trade and investment issues and negotiations; and related matters on international tax, labor and the environment. She also worked as an adviser to former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ) on international trade, foreign policy and immigration. Ms. Dempsey began her career as an attorney specializing in international trade law and government procurement. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Ms. Dempsey received her B.A. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University and her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Darci Vetter,
Former Ambassador and Chief Agriculture Negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative

Ambassador Darci Vetter served as Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2014 until January of this year. She was responsible for bilateral and multilateral negotiations and trade policy coordination regarding agricultural trade, including negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership agricultural package, and significant bilateral negotiations with Japan, China, Brazil and other countries.

Before returning to USTR, Ambassador Vetter served as Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she oversaw many of the Department’s international activities, including the Foreign Agricultural Service. She led the Department’s international trade negotiating team, directed USDA’s export assistance programs, and coordinated USDA’s role in international food aid and trade capacity building.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ambassador Vetter served as an International Trade Advisor on the Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she advised Committee members on trade issues relating to agriculture, the environment and labor, including the 2008 Farm Bill and the Committee’s consideration of Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.  She began her career as a civil servant at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she worked on agricultural and environmental issues, including the WTO Doha Round and NAFTA implementation. 

Ambassador Vetter received her Master of Public Affairs degree and a Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines. She grew up in Nebraska on a family farm, and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children.

Moderated by:

Amgad Shehata,
Senior Vice President, UPS

Amgad Shehata is a Senior Vice President with UPS, having responsibilities for International Public Affairs and Strategy.

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 25 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.

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

This event is open to WIIT members & Congressional staff only.

Closed to press.


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