The Trade Taskforce is led by two industry co-chairs from the Forum’s membership and supported by two knowledge partners with extensive trade law experience and knowledge.
Current co-chairs are:
- Lisa Schroeter, Global Director of Trade and Investment Policy, the Dow Chemical Company
- Jai Motwane, Head of Global Trade Policy, Apple
Current knowledge partners are:
- Frank Samolis, Partner and Co-Chair of Squire Patton Boggs’ International Trade Group
- Mark Linscott, Senior Advisor at the Asia Group and former Assistant United States Trade Representative
The Taskforce operates two workstreams divided by proactive projects and reactive work. Proactive projects include roundtables to discuss timely and strategic issues and written papers to address growing trade needs, such as emerging Digital Economy services issues. Reactive work includes discussions with USTR officials on trade negotiations, WTO committee work and Trade Policy Forum tracks, including the IP track and intercessional work. Under the Forum’s auspices the Trade Taskforce submits regulatory filings as noticed by USTR including the National Trade Estimate, Special 301 and 301 investigations, as appropriate.