OCTOBER 16-18, 2023

2023 GLOBAL Conference


Embracing Uncertainty with Compliance Excellence: 2023 & Beyond

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October 16-18, 2023

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

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Trade Never Stops: Embracing Uncertainty with Compliance Excellence: 2023 & Beyond

In the world of international trade, uncertainty is constant due to global events, geopolitical shifts, and regulatory changes. Attend “Trade Never Stops”, OCR’s flagship conference, to learn about the changing landscape of international trade, mitigating supply chain risks and navigating global regulations.

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Gerry Horner

Chief, Trade Regulations Branch (TRB), Economic Management Division (EMD), U.S. Census Bureau

Gerry Horner is currently the Branch Chief of the Trade Regulations Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau. With over 34 years at the U.S. Department of Commerce, his responsibilities include overseeing formulation of Foreign Trade Regulations and managing the Census Bureau Voluntary Self Disclosure program, while contributing to regulatory transformations in both public and private sectors.

Nancy Fischer

Partner and Global Head of Regulatory, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Nancy Fischer is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and the Global Head of the firm’s Regulatory practices. She is consistently recognized by Chambers and other publications as a leading authority on international trade law.


Nancy advises a global clientele on international trade matters and dispute resolution and the impact of U.S. regulations on worldwide trade and investments. She provides guidance on export controls; economic sanctions; CFIUS reviews; FCPA and other anti-bribery laws; trade remedies; customs laws; and WTO and NAFTA disputes. Nancy has represented large industry coalitions in disputes, including a group of nuclear utilities in the first antidumping matter before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Howard Mendelsohn

Chief Client Officer, Kharon

Howard is the Chief Client Officer at Kharon. In this capacity, Howard works closely with business, compliance, and legal professionals to strengthen programs and controls for managing risks at the intersection of global security and commerce. Howard has over two decades of experience in combating illicit financial activity in both the government and the private sector. He served in the U.S. Treasury Department from 2001 to 2011, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Secretary (Acting) for Treasury’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

Brad Kabanuk

Founder and President, Content Enablers

Brad Kabanuk is the Founder and President of Content Enablers. In this capacity, Brad drives Content Enablers’ overarching strategy and business initiatives, and oversees the creative development and design process to maximize the user experience and presentation of training content.

Bill Wade

Vice President for Global Trade Compliance, L3Harris Technologies

William “Bill” Wade is Vice President for Global Trade Compliance of L3Harris Technologies. Bill is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army with more than thirty years of military and civilian expertise. In his role, which he assumed in 2013, he leads the Global Trade Group in Washington, DC, reporting to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel. Bill possesses extensive knowledge of export and import compliance, with a focus on ITAR, EAR, and SAM regulations. He leverages his unique knowledge of both private industry and government experience to provide focused guidance, training, and assistance in matters related to company export and compliance. Bill’s mission is to impart the principles of Strategic Licensing, emphasizing “Product, End Use, and End User,” to ensure compliant, customer-centric Trade Control services and timely support for international business.


Bill serves as L3Harris’s lead Empowered Official and is actively involved in industry organizations such as the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), where he has held leadership positions for over a decade. Bill’s extensive leadership experience extends beyond his professional roles, as he has served in various capacities within Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., demonstrating his commitment to community engagement and leadership development. Bill is a graduate of the Wharton School of Executive Leadership and Development.

Kathleen Lockard Palma

Vice President, Global Trade Controls, Boeing

Kathleen Lockard Palma is Vice President of Global Trade Controls at Boeing. Her team is responsible for ensuring compliance to global regulatory export and import requirements in partnership with the business units. Ms. Palma leads a team of global trade professionals in 13 countries.


Previously Kathleen served as GE’s lead lawyer for all export control, sanctions and customs matters. Before joining GE, Kathleen was an Associate in the International Trade Practice of Dewey Ballantine LLP (RIP). She served as Vice Chair of the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA) during the Obama Administration. Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.

Tina Johnson

Export Control Manager, Airbus

With a wealth of expertise garnered over nine years of dedicated service in export control management, Tina Johnson stands at the forefront of ensuring regulatory compliance and fostering international growth for Airbus.  As Airbus’ Export Control Manager, Tina’s primary role is overseeing and managing all aspects of export control activities. Her commitment to upholding strict adherence to U.S. export laws and regulations while facilitating our aerospace company’s global expansion is evident in her track record of success.  Tina has honed her expertise in aerospace technology and export control regulations through years of hands-on experience. She has participated with cross-functional teams in developing and implementing comprehensive compliance programs that have consistently met regulatory requirements. Her meticulous approach to compliance has been instrumental in streamlining export control processes, resulting in reduced approval times and heightened efficiency.


Beyond her professional achievements, Tina is unwavering in her dedication to maintaining the highest standards of export control compliance within Airbus. Her commitment is grounded in the belief that compliance is not merely a regulatory obligation but a strategic asset that empowers our company to navigate the complexities of the aerospace industry while seizing global opportunities.


Tina’s passion for innovation, her adept problem-solving skills, and her strict adherence to export control laws have consistently made her a valued asset within Airbus.  Her nine years of experience in the field make her a trusted leader in ensuring our company’s commitment to compliance.

Josh Frazer

Director of Trade Compliance, DigiKey Electronics

Josh Frazer is the Director of Trade Compliance at DigiKey Electronics, where he leads a dynamic global team specializing in import, export, and item classification. With a firm commitment to regulatory adherence, Josh strives to cultivate strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure seamless operations. He brings a wealth of expertise in the EAR and other trade regulations, having previously served on the Electronic Components Industry Association’s (ECIA) Global Trade Compliance sub-committee.


Before joining DigiKey, Josh served for six years in the U.S. Army as a Cryptologic Linguist with a focus on Russian language and was involved in software development early in his career. Leveraging these diverse skill sets, Josh employs data-driven and technology-based solutions to tackle complex compliance challenges, ensuring they are both comprehensive and scalable.

Doug Jacobson

Founding Partner, Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC

Doug Jacobson is the founding partner of the Washington, DC-based international trade law firm of Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC. Doug has more than 30 years of experience representing a wide range of U.S. and non-U.S. companies on export control and international trade issues and serves as principal outside international trade counsel to a number of U.S. and non U.S.-based multinational financial institutions and companies in the electronic, manufacturing, chemical, defense, medical, oil and gas, aerospace, and software sectors.


With respect to export matters, Doug counsels clients on compliance with U.S. and multilateral regimes governing the export of dual-use items, software, technology, defense articles and humanitarian products. He assists companies in understanding and navigating the complex rules set forth in the U.S. Export Administration Regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the various sanctions regulations administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”).


Doug also represents companies in enforcement proceedings conducted by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security and Office of Antiboycott Compliance, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and OFAC. Doug served as the BIS and OFAC approved independent auditor in one of the largest criminal and civil export controls and sanctions enforcement cases brought by those agencies. He is currently serving as the Special Compliance Officer in an ITAR Consent Agreement. Doug is a frequent speaker and commentator on export controls and sanctions matters. He is a co-editor and chapter author of the American Bar Association’s International Guide to Export Controls and Sanctions. Doug is active in a number of international trade organizations and serves as general counsel to the National Council on International Trade Development and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Exporters and Importers.


Doug currently is an adjunct professor of U.S. sanctions and export control law at the American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. He has been a visiting professor on U.S. export controls and sanctions at the University of Turin (Italy), the University of Münster (Germany), and George Mason University.


He is ranked by the Chambers and Partners’ Global and USA guides as a leading export controls and sanctions attorney. He is also listed in Who’s Who Legal as a leading international trade attorney.


Doug received a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from the American University’s Washington College of Law, where he was an editor of the American University Law Review. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Chad Russell

Field Chief Information Security Officer and Cloud Security Advisor, Oracle

Chad Russell is a Field CISO and Cloud Security Advisor within Oracle North America’s Cloud Engineering organization. Chad focuses on advising customer CISOs and personnel on security and compliance issues related to cloud, technical messaging and thought leadership, as well as providing strategic direction on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure products and services.


Chad joined Oracle from AWS where he was a Sr. AWS Security Program Manager in the office of the CISO.  In this capacity Chad was responsible for key initiatives sponsored by the CEO of AWS to be executed across both AWS and Amazon.   He is a previous Cloud Security Architect with Oracle’s Global Business Units and worked with product strategy, software development, and hosting operations to re-architect legacy enterprise solutions for migration into Oracle’s SaaS cloud platform — with a focus in the following industry verticals including Communications, Construction and Engineering, Financial Services, Health Sciences, Hospitality Services, Retail Services, and Utilities.   Chad has also held positions with Microsoft as an Account Technology Strategist and SAP as a HANA Big Data Evangelist.   Chad began his career as a Systems Programmer with Fidelity Information Services supporting internet banking deployments in North America.  


As a frequent author and speaker on cybersecurity, Chad has published book and video titles with publishers including Wiley, O’Reilly and Pluralsight covering subject matter across topics such as GDPR, Ethical Hacking, Web Application Firewalls, Reconnaissance and Network Navigation, and Security Visibility at Scale and has over 70,000 subscribers to his security titles on Udemy.  He is a graduate of Excelsior College’s Computer Information Systems Program, a Certified Ethical Hacker, and holds 7 Oracle Cloud Certifications as well as 10 AWS Cloud Certifications.

Patrick Matsumara

Vice President, International Trade Compliance, Hexcel Corporation

Patrick is responsible for developing tactical and strategic plans for Hexcel to ensure compliance with international trade laws and regulations. He leads the International Trade Compliance (ITC) function and directs the activities of the ITC team who have global responsibilities for import, export, and international financial trade in US, European, African, and Asian markets. Patrick is responsible for networking with customer and vendor compliance partners and leverage best practices based on supply chain partner input.

Sanjay Notani

Partner, Economic Laws Practice

Sanjay Notani is a Partner at ELP and co-heads the International Trade & Customs practice. He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar of India (SCBA) and Maharashtra & Goa Bar Council, American Bar Association (ABA) and has the distinction of being appointed to ABA’s Steering Group of the Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee, representing Asia. Sanjay is also Vice Chair on the ABA’s South Asia/Oceania & India Committee. He is also a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and represents various committees. Additionally, Sanjay has been nominated by the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) to be a member on its Committee on Environment and Climate Change.


Sanjay has in-depth experience in advising various multinational companies on import and export control as well as licensing issues, specifically the dual use of goods and technologies regulations (Export Control Regulations (SCOMET)) maintained by the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of External Affairs and other allied Ministries.


He also has regulatory and advocacy experience in India’s emerging legal landscape in the evolving technologies space and advises clients on issues concerning privacy, e-commerce, data localization and digital tax. Sanjay provides strategic legal and commercial advice to corporates, trade bodies and governments on the inherent challenges in doing business globally, including the strategies to be adopted by Global Value Chains (GVC).


Sanjay has been recommended for his expertise in Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global and Legal500 Asia- Pacific.  He has recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal Trade & Customs and has featured in the WorldECR Awards and also featured as a Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal. He has also featured in the India Business Law Journal’s A List as India’s Top 100 Lawyers.

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