Kate Clemans has spent her career transforming issues — whether it’s shaping trade policy or advocating for women’s rights. As the president of one of the leading international law firms, Crowell & Moring International, Kate has spearheaded multiple high stakes industry initiatives. She also has served as a leading private sector advisor in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, and worked for more than five years as head of the Trade Policy Division of the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, DC. Prior to her career in policy, Kate played a significant role in the women’s rights in her home country of New Zealand.
For this month’s theme on transformation, DC Changemakers is sitting down with Kate to hear how she has gone from activist to mom to trade policy expert to president of one of the top law firms in the world. Kate will touch on personal lessons she’s learned along the way, on topics like shaping your own path, appreciating effective ways to make global impact, and much more.
When: May 24, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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About Kate Clemans
Kate Clemans is president of Crowell & Moring International and joined as a director in January 1993, after serving more than five years as head of the Trade Policy Division of the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, D.C. Drawing on her perspective as a former foreign government official, she concentrates in U.S. relations with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Clemans has particular experience in multilateral trade negotiations, bilateral market access issues, regulatory affairs, trade remedies and safeguards issues. Her background as a trained scientist offers a unique perspective on health care and regulatory issues as they affect trade policy. As a New Zealand official, Clemans played a key role in representing private sector commercial interests before the U.S. Administration and in the Uruguay Round negotiations. In addition, she is recognized as the leading private sector advisor in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, where she has launched multiple industry initiatives.
Before coming to Washington, Clemans was deputy director for Asia in the Trade Policy Division of the New Zealand Department of Trade and Industry, where she took a lead role in the development and negotiation of bilateral access agreements with countries in Asia. Previously, she served as an analyst in the prime minister’s department, where her responsibilities included international financial and economic issues. Clemans has an extensive range of high-level contacts throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Clemans serves as advisor to the co-chairs of the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum and on the Advisory Board for the Economist Intelligence Unit Healthcare in Asia series. In 2002, she was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth the Second for her services to international trade.