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Join YTP for the kickoff event to our Digital Trade Series: Digital Trade 101!

Digital technologies and the Internet are transforming global commerce, including international trade, at a rapid pace. But what is the global digital economy and what do future trade policy professionals need to know? What are the challenges, opportunities, and trends that are shaping transformation and where do different stakeholders stand? Where do data and emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence fit into this picture?

Young Trade Professionals (YTP) invites you to join us as we kick off our “Digital Trade Series” of events, where we convene experts in the field to discuss the future of the global economy. Later panels in the series will tackle data privacy and cybersecurity, U.S.-China technological competition, and digitally enabled industries.


Matthew Reisman, Director of International Trade, Microsoft

Nasreen Djouini, Policy Advisor, International Trade Administration

Shantell Isaac, Vice President, Coalition of Services Industries

Nigel Cory, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation


Evangelos Razis, Manager of Global Government Relations, Fujitsu


Nasreen Djouini

Nasreen is a Policy Advisor with the Data Flows and Privacy Team at the U.S. International Trade Administration. In this position, she works to promote policy frameworks such as the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, as well as the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system to facilitate the free flow of data in support of digital trade. She serves as part of the Department of Commerce’s Global Data Policy Team, and is the U.S. Chair to the OECD Working Party on Security and Privacy, working to promote an internationally coordinated approach on data privacy to foster the development of the digital economy. Nasreen comes to the Department of Commerce from the Department of State, where she worked in both the Bureau of Energy Resources and the Bureau of Democracy Human Rights, and Labor. She received her graduate degree in Public Policy from American University with a concentration on U.S. Foreign Policy, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park. She’s also fluent in French and Arabic.

Shantell Isaac

Shantell Isaac joined the Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) as Vice President, where she helps lead CSI’s organizational, policy and strategy development, with a special focus in heading CSI’s work on financial services.

Previously at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), Shantell was part of the dynamic international policy team, assisting in the development and implementation of global policy and advocacy strategies for the life insurance, reinsurance and pensions industries. At ACLI, Shantell led engagement with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), serving as member of the private sector advisory group to the formal U.S. Delegation. Shantell advocated on behalf of industry for the TiSA and TTIP trade negotiations to U.S. and foreign governmental agencies and organizations, as well as headed bilateral industry efforts in Turkey and the Middle East, North Africa region. Further, Shantell helped establish and lead ACLI’s work on innovation and technology in the insurance sector. Shantell’s portfolio and leadership was widespread, having also been the principal industry and organization representative to National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) International Fellows Program, the South Asian Insurance Regulators’ Forum, and also representative on various task forces and industry groups to the B20 and G20 forums.

Prior to her role at ACLI, Shantell was with the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. There, Shantell was part of President Obama’s foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction initiative, SelectUSA, the first-ever federal office established for promoting inbound FDI. Shantell assisted in the development of global and bilateral strategic efforts to increase U.S. trade and investment ties.

Shantell has also held several research positions in academia over the past decade, assisting in research and publications on topics such as security correlations within international corporate investments, as well as initiating databases and research on outerspace commercial development.

As a native of Arizona, Shantell completed her dual Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Economics and Political Science from Northern Arizona University, and earned her Master’s in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Economic Relations from the American University in Washington, DC. She is fluent in the Arabic language and currently serves as Co-Chair for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Section at the Women in International Trade (WIIT).

Nigel Cory

Nigel Cory is a senior trade policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He previously worked as a researcher at the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to that, he worked for eight years in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included positions working on G20 global economic and trade issues and the Doha Development Round. Cory also had diplomatic postings to Malaysia, where he worked on bilateral and regional trade, economic, and security issues, and Afghanistan, where he was the deputy director of a joint U.S.-Australia provincial reconstruction team. Cory holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in international business and commerce from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

  • When: Thu Jul. 12
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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