Speakers (in order of appearance)
Session 1: The Global Landscape
Detlef Maennig, CEFIC- The European Chemical Industry Council
Dr. Maennig studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, obtained his M.Sc. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Munich. He has been an industrial chemist for Evonik Industries for almost 30 years in various functions in Germany, the U.S. and in the Peoples Republic of China. For over 25 years, he has been involved in Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)-related issues from negotiations in Geneva to practical implementation in Member States. He has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on this topic. Most recently, he was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit for his contributions to the CWC.
Session 2: The Lifetime of Manufacturing Equipment
Charles Mooney, Xylem, Inc.
Mr. Mooney is a Trade Compliance and Business professional that has designed and implemented effective trade compliance programs in challenging business situations and industries. He is Director of Global Trade Compliance at Xylem, Inc. His experience includes Research, Operations and Marketing. He has combined this and applied it in the development and implementation of global trade compliance programs in diverse industries including materials for electronic assemblies and equipment for the transport and measurement of water. His expertise includes Customs, multinational trade agreements, their application to various global export regulations and the ITAR. He is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Boston College, a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and an Executive MBA from Suffolk University.
Ye Shao, Morimatsu Group
Mr. Shao has worked with the Morimatsu Group since 2005, and has held several managerial positions within the company. Currently, Mr. Shao is Manager of International Relations, operating in both Texas and Shanghai. From 2009-2011, he served as Manager of International Business Development, and from 2005-2009, he was the Manager of Overseas Project Coordination. Mr. Shao holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in International Political Economy. He specializes in strategic planning, international business planning, industrial analysis, and Chinese manufacturing consultation.
Ana Prieto, Environmental Health & Safety Professional
Ms. Prieto is an accomplished, results-driven executive, with close to 30 years of experience in leading global environment, health, and safety (EHS) functions, primarily in the pharmaceuticals industry. She has provided strategic and technical leadership in a variety of roles, most recently as Vice President, EHS, in the Americas region for Teva Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Prieto is a CIH and is admitted to the bar in both New York and New Jersey. She is member of numerous professional associations and has served as Chair and Vice-chair of the ABIH. Ms. Prieto holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Cook College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, earned an MSPH in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, and completed her J.D. at Pace University School of Law, with a focus on environmental law.
J. Craig Desrosiers, E.I. du Pont Canada Company
Mr. Desrosiers is a Senior Buyer at E.I. du Pont Canada Company. He has strategic sourcing responsibilities that include the strategic development and supply chain optimization for the process equipment needs for E.I. du Pont global operations. This includes the development of global sourcing strategies, supplier qualifications, and contract negotiations. His expertise includes global supply chain development, contract administration and engineering design. This expertise has allowed him to modify existing design paradigms, and supply chains, in collaboration with engineering colleagues, to meet current business needs in accordance with core values and business goals. He brings with him over 24 years of experience in mechanical engineering design, process piping design, strategic sourcing, and construction.
Session 3: The Security Dimension
Jonathan Forman, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Dr. Forman currently holds the post of science policy adviser at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Dr. Forman received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1996, after which he worked for a series of biotechnology companies developing molecular diagnostic and bioanalytical assay technologies for genomic, immunoassay, and cell capture applications. He has been at OPCW (and away from Silicon Valley) since March of 2013.
Matthew J. Moakler, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Moakler is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. He is the Chair of the SHIELD Licensing Group, an interagency group that reviews export license applications for chemical and biological proliferation concerns. Mr. Moakler has over 12 years of experience in the field of countering weapons of mass destruction; serving in various positions including as a hazardous materials response team leader, a strategic level planner, and the team leader for an emergency management building partnership capacity program. He earned his MS in Biodefense from George Mason University, BS in Biology from Siena College, and is currently pursuing a MS in Countering WMD Studies through the National Defense University and Missouri State University.
Richard T. Cupitt, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Cupitt serves as the U.S. UNSCR 1540 Coordinator in the Office of Counterproliferation Initiatives at the U.S. State Department, fostering the implementation of UNSCR 1540 nationally and globally. From 2005 to 2012, he worked as an Expert for the Committee established pursuant to UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004). As such he helped monitor and facilitate implementation of resolution 1540 in all UN Member States, along with building relationships with more than forty international organizations, industry, and academia. Securing chemical weapons related materials in production, use, storage, and transport comprise an important element of the more than two hundred legally binding obligations of UNSCR 1540.
Dr. Cupitt held a position as Scholar-in-Residence at American University from 2004-2008, after serving as Special Adviser for International Cooperation for the U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce in the Bureau of Industry and Security from 2002-2004. From 1988-2002, Dr. Cupitt had various posts for the Center International Trade and Security (CITS) of the University of Georgia, including Associate Director, and also as a visiting scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Cupitt also has held academic positions at Emory University and the University of North Texas. He has produced four books and more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on export controls, along with dozens of other non-proliferation, security or trade-oriented publications. In addition, he has served as a consultant on projects for the U.S. State Department, several U.S. national commissions and U.S. national nuclear laboratories, and several international organizations.
Elizabeth Scott Sangine, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
Ms. Sangine is the Director of the Chemical and Biological Controls Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce. In her role as Director of the Chemical and Biological Controls Division, Ms. Sangine manages export licensing for dual-use items controlled for chemical and biological non-proliferation. She participates in the multilateral regime negotiations for the Australia Group, and formulates policy as it relates to biological security, dual-use research of concern, and chemical issues. She works extensively with the interagency and industry on the list of controlled items and the licensing of these items. Ms. Sangine started her career in the private sector in the Chemical Industry and the Telecommunications Industry where she was a product development specialist, quality specialist, and project manager. She has been with the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security since 2003. Ms. Sangine has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) from Virginia Tech, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the University of Houston, a Master’s of Science in Natural Resource Strategy (MS) from the National Defense University, and a certified graduate of the Commerce Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.
Session 4: The Internet as a Secondary Market
Michael Carson, eBay, Inc.
Mr. Carson is the Senior Manager for Global Regulatory and Policy Management at eBay. In this role, Mr. Carson is responsible for developing and implementing policies to effectively manage eBay’s regulatory, industry, and brand risks. Mr. Carson also spent 5 years at PayPal heading their North America Brand Risk Management Group. Prior to joining eBay and PayPal in 2005, Mr. Carson worked in the government relations field for an issues management group focusing on technology and privacy matters. In addition, he also spent 3 years in the public sector serving as Staff Director for the Senate Minority Leader’s Office in the Massachusetts State House. Mr. Carson is a Boston College graduate with a B.A. in Political Science.
Organizing Committee Members
Nancy B. Jackson, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Jackson is a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. Department of State working in both the Science Advisor to the Secretary of State’s office and in the International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau. Previously, she was manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department in the Global Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories which assists the U.S. Department of State in solving problems related to international chemical security and chemical weapons non-proliferation. With the DOS Chemical Security Engagement Program (CSP), Dr. Jackson has worked with universities, small/medium chemical companies, and government regulators in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Before working in chemical security, Dr. Jackson was deputy director of Sandia’s International Security Program where she assisted the director in fulfilling its mission to create technology-based solutions through international cooperation to reduce the threat of all weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism. Prior to her positions in Global Security, Dr. Jackson was involved in alternative energy research and development at Sandia, as a principal investigator and a manager.
Dr. Jackson received the 2013 Award for Science and Diplomacy from the American Association for the Advancement of Science where she is also a Fellow. She was recipient of the 2005 American Indian Science and Engineering Society Professional of the Year Award. Dr. Jackson has a B.S. degree in chemistry from George Washington University from which she won a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005 and has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2009, she was elected to the Presidential succession of the American Chemical Society. She served as President-Elect for 2010, President for 2011, and Immediate Past President for 2012, and is a fellow of the American Chemical Society.
Robert E. Roberts, Institute for Defense Analyses
Dr. Roberts is the Senior Scientist at the Institute for Defense Analyses and former Director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute. He is also the former Vice President for Research and Director of IDA’s Science and Technology Division. Before joining IDA, he spent several years with the Department of Energy, and prior to that, he was associate professor of chemistry at Indiana University. Dr. Roberts is founder, former director, and mentor for the IDA Defense Science Study Group, a program established to foster interest in national security issues among outstanding young professors of science and engineering. Dr. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon), his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Usha Wright, O’Brien & Gere
Ms. Wright is senior vice president and co-general counsel for O’Brien & Gere, an environmental engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout USA. She has extensive international industry experience in chemical safety. In 2008 she retired as senior vice president for global workforce strategy at ITT Corporation, a position she had held since 2005. From 1993 to 2005 Ms. Wright was vice president and associate general counsel for ITT, with global responsibility for environment, safety, and health (ES&H). Before joining ITT, she was executive director of environmental health and safety at Ciba Geigy Pharmaceuticals from 1977 to 1993. Ms. Wright has a B.S. in chemistry from Rutgers University, an M.S. from the University of North Carolina, and a J.D. from Rutgers University. She was an adjunct faculty of Rutgers Law School from 1999 to 2006. As a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional, she has served on the boards of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Board of Certified Safety professionals. She also served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute for last 8 years, where she was involved in conducting training in ES&H compliance in various academic institutions in India. Currently, she is also president and chairperson of the board of SHARE (shareafrica.org), a nongovernmental organization working in western Kenya.
Clara J. Zahradnik, DuPont
Dr. Zahradnik joined DuPont 34 years ago after completing a Ph.D. at MIT in physical chemistry. She is currently the Export Control Leader for the DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts (DC&F) division and has held that position since 2006. Her experience is in commodity and technology (chemical process and chemical equipment) export licensing. She has also developed strong expertise in the design and construction of chemical equipment utilized in sulfur acid recovery at oil refineries, titanates, fluorochemical
refrigerants, cyanides, dimethylamine, and other products. Dr. Zahradnik has an extensive background in R&D in the laboratory and industrial plant settings coupled with business management expertise. She has held positions in R&D research, R&D management, and in business leadership as Product Manager and Business Manager in established businesses and in commercialization of new products. Dr. Zahradnik also currently represents DuPont on the Materials Technical Advisory Committee at Commerce.