Georgetown on the Hill Series Expands with Focus on Trade Policy

October 23, 2012

The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy Announces Appointment of New Senior Industry Fellow and Series Co-Director

The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business announces the expansion of its Georgetown on the Hill series with a sequence of events on Capitol Hill focused on trade policy.

The series will be co-directed by J. Bradford Jensen, professor of international business and economics at Georgetown McDonough, and J. Robert (Bob) Vastine, president of the Coalition of Service Industries, who has been appointed Senior Industry Fellow at the center. They will use their combined experience and knowledge in the field of trade policy and services to create a number of Georgetown on the Hill forums in the coming year that will bring attention to a variety of issues in this area of public policy.

The new trade policy series will launch on Wednesday, October 24, with an event titled “Trade, Jobs, and the Digital Economy.” The forum will feature Jensen, Vastine, Christine Bliss from the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and Steve Stewart, director of market access and trade at IBM.

The panel will discuss how free flows of digital data across borders support at least $400 billion of U.S. exports and millions of U.S. jobs. The United States has a number of opportunities, including Trans-Pacific Partnership, ISA, and European Union-Free Trade Agreements, to secure commitments from other countries to obtain the freedom of these flows. The forum will explore the relevance of this issue, both for developed countries and developing ones. The event will be held at noon at HC-8 on the ground floor of the Capitol Building.

Media interested in attending the event should RSVP by contacting Teresa Mannix, senior director of communications at Georgetown McDonough, at (202) 687-4080 or

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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.