Charlene Barshefsky
12th United States Trade Representative

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky served as United States Trade Representative during the administration of President Bill Clinton, when she led her country’s negotiations in international trade. She was instrumental in enhancing the U.S.-China trade relationship and worked with China’s Premier Zhu Rongji on establishing the terms for China’s eventual entry to the World Trade Organization in December 2001. Her landmark negotiations have been analyzed in case studies at Harvard Business School. Following a distinguished career in public office, Ambassador Barshefsky worked in the private legal sector as a senior international partner at WilmerHale. Her specific area of expertise is on formulating market penetration strategies for services, goods, and other investment areas, as well as crafting practical solutions to overcome robust market access barriers.

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