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U.S. Department of Commerce’s Sarah Kemp to Speak at OC World Trade Week

Monday, May 07, 2018

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Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast and Forum, to be held Thursday, May 17, 7:00 – 11:00 a.m., at the Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Ave., will include an address by Sarah Kemp, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. In this role, Kemp oversees the daily operations of the International Trade Administration (ITA), which has an annual budget of $483 million with approximately 2,100 trade and investment professionals – based in more than 100 U.S. cities and 70 markets around the world.

As Commercial Counselor, Kemp serves as a key adviser to the Ambassador on commercial affairs, and as an exceptional interlocutor for the U.S. Department of Commerce with Chinese trade entities. Advising U.S. CEOs – from Fortune 500 companies to subject matter experts – on China business strategy, she leads a team of 150 staff, promoting U.S exports, industry standards and assisting with anti-subsidy/countervailing duty cases, intellectual property protection, and export controls.

She previously served as the Deputy Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, serving as the chief operating officer of the U.S. government’s premier export promotion agency, managing its domestic and overseas trade offices.

Prior to that assignment, Kemp was the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, overseeing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade promotion and trade policy activities in its operations in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang and Wuhan.

Earlier, Kemp was Commercial Counselor for the U.S. Commercial Service in Vietnam, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Deputy Chief Commercial Consul for the U.S. Commercial Service’s operations in Hong Kong where she oversaw the Macau portfolio. Her first overseas assignment was in Bangkok, Thailand.

Kemp received a Masters of Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong, a Masters of Public Administration degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychological anthropology from Hamilton College.

OC World Trade Week will feature keynote speaker Joe Kiani,founder, chairman, and CEO of Masimo.

Kiani leads one of the world’s most admired global medical technology innovation companies, and is a convention-breaking maverick as an inventor of world-changing noninvasive patient monitoring devices. As the head of Masimo, he has been a beacon for patient safety and innovation in healthcare for more than 25 years. He founded the Patient Safety Movement Foundation in 2012 and the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. Kiani and Masimo have helped to solve the "unsolvable" problems plaguing patient monitoring through significant inventions with more than 600 issued and pending patents worldwide.

OC World Trade Week will also feature an International Trade Expo, an Export Success Stories panel, which this year includes executives from TS Pharm Inc., NeoMedix Corporation, and Toshiba, Electronic Imaging Division, who will share details of their company experience with exporting their products around the globe, and presentation of Exporter of the Year selected from nominees Ampronix, Inc.,Grandma Lucy's, Home Franchise Concepts, and Nutrawise Health & Beauty Corporation.

First held in 2015, the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast and Forum brings together hundreds of professionals from Orange County’s International-American chambers and business associations, public sector and private trade organizations, and the business community to grow awareness of the impact of international trade and export in Orange County

Registration for World Trade closes this week. There are only a few seats left. REGISTER TODAY!

For more information and to become involved in OC World Trade Week, contact Linda DiMario.

Category: Economic Development, International Trade, Events

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