Advisory Board

Globally Recognized Experts.

We've assembled an advisory board that consists of some of the most recognized experts in trade compliance matters from around the world to ensure that our trade compliance training content is continuously updated and relevant so that you can keep moving global trade forward efficiently and compliantly.

Editorial Board.

Candace Goforth.

A highly respected advisor and industry expert in U.S. export laws and regulations, Candace writes and develops much of Content Enablers’ trade compliance training content. She is also Managing Director of Goforth Trade Advisors LLC, where she advises her U.S. and non-U.S. clients on the strategic application of U.S. import and export laws and regulations. Candace previously spent 15 years at the U.S. Department of State, advancing through the organization to become the Director for Defense Trade Controls Policy. During her government tenure, she held positions in all areas of licensing, compliance, and policy for defense trade. A graduate of the George Washington University, Candace holds a master’s degree in security policy studies, with concentrations in international security policy, transnational security, and political psychology.

George Grammas.

George Grammas is a partner in the global law practice of Squire Patton Boggs, where he chairs the firm’s International Trade Practice focusing on trade compliance and national security matters across the firm’s network in 20 countries covering more than 40 offices. George’s legal practice focus on export controls, sanctions, anticorruption, CFIUS clearance, and other U.S. and global international trade regulatory, compliance, and national security matters. Over the past 30 years of practice, he served as an advisor on U.S. industry groups and to trade associations. Over the past 12 years, he has jointly organized and led the EGADD annual U.S. export controls training in the UK for non-US companies, and in recent years, led the Advanced U.S. Export Controls Workshop at the UK Department for International Trade annual symposium organized by its Export Control Joint Unit.

Ian Stewart.

Ian is a specialist on issues related to export controls and sanctions. For Content Enabler’s his knowledge in these areas informs training content. An engineer by education, he has years of experience working in government and with companies and international organizations in relation to non-proliferation matters, and currently serves as Director of the European Non-Proliferation and Security Initiative at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). At King’s College London, Ian runs Project Alpha, a program focused on export control and sanctions issues. Prior to King’s College London, he worked with the UK Ministry of Defence, where he held several positions related to nuclear technology and non-proliferation matters. Ian is currently pursuing a PhD in war studies at King’s College London and holds a master’s degree in nuclear science and technology from the University of Manchester and a master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Newcastle.

Ann Thomas.

Ann has developed content for numerous Content Enablers courses and provides expert guidance on course offerings, content, training objectives, learning tracks, and trade compliance best practices. She is the president of Circinus, Ltd., a company that specializes in import and export compliance consulting. Ann has nearly 30 years of experience in trade compliance and international trade issues with Circinus and in her previous positions with manufacturing companies. She is also a licensed U.S. customs broker and maintains the designation of Certified Customs Specialist from the Educational Institute of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). In addition, Ann is a past president of the Minnesota World Trade Association (now the Midwest Global Trade Association or MGTA), a charter member of the Twin Cities Import/Export Council, and a member of the MGTA, the NCBFAA, and the International Compliance Professionals Association. She earned a Master of International Management degree from the University of St. Thomas and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota.

David Wookey.

David has been a career civil servant for 34 years in the UK's Ministry of Defence with a short secondment to the Department of Trade and Industry's Export Control Organisation. An avionic engineer by trade, he worked on aircraft and equipment servicing, moving through telephony and a wide variety of army technical equipment engineering management. During his last 12 years, he was responsible for assessing export licences and MOD F680 applications against the Common Criteria; assessing goods for security grading; providing clearances to exhibit and accompanying compliance officers on audit visits to companies for security and technical assistance; assisting HM Revenue & Customs, Border Force, and specialists units on export control issues at ports; and being an expert witness in legal cases. He was a member of the UK delegation on the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group for 11 years, chairing many technical working groups deriving changes to the control Lists. On leaving the Civil Service, he has been working as a consultant to many SME and blue-chip companies, helping with export control compliance and goods classification. He is involved with the Export Group for Aerospace, Defence & Dual-Use (EGADD), having served six years on the Executive Committee and still serves on the Compliance Subcommittee. He has a Bachelor Science in Technology obtained through the Open University whilst working as a civil servant. David is a full member of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers.

Subject Matter Experts.

Ryan Cathie.

Ryan is a global trade compliance expert with a wide-ranging background in the implementation of strategic trade controls for government and industry throughout the world. He is well versed in international export control lists and has unique experience classifying goods and technologies in numerous jurisdictions, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and India. As part of the Export Compliance Training Institute (ECTI) faculty, Ryan has conducted numerous webinars dedicated to India and Israel’s strategic trade control systems. He has published and presented on various international export control systems and is a regular contributor to The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions (WorldECR). He also previously served as an instructor at the U.S. State Department-supported Export Control Academy in Athens, GA. Ryan holds an M.A. in Security and Intelligence Studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and a B.S. in Communications from Ohio University.

Mark McNeil, Esq.

Mark has developed and implemented compliance plans worldwide. His expertise in international law is broadly grounded in transactional and structural matters in international settings, including extensive and successful international negotiation, and working within multiple languages and cultures. Areas of concentration and experience include China, Japan, and Europe, in the fields of intellectual property, general corporate law, joint ventures, distribution systems, antibribery and antiboycott compliance, and import/export matters. He oversees and contributes content to Content Enablers on FCPA regulations, antibribery and antiboycott compliance issues. Mark has taught multiple courses on international law for William Mitchell College of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law, and the graduate schools of the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s University. He speaks and reads German and French, has negotiated in Japanese, and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian. Mark earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.

Gaston Medina.

As a trusted advisor in regulatory compliance, Gaston has hands-on working knowledge in compliance and regulatory environments, having served as an export controls senior advisor at TNT Express, an executive director in the Chilean Express Association, and as a professor of international trade at Bernardo O’Higgins University. His international trade expertise is focused in compliance assessment and program development in the areas of governance and ethics, international trade, and cross-border e-commerce. Gaston is a frequent conference speaker on international trade compliance and supply chain security, and a contributor to WorldECR magazine. He manages Content Enablers content for Latin America and Central America.

Jay Nash.

Jay has worked in global trade controls and compliance for close to 15 years, specifically focused on the aviation, telecommunications, automotive, chemical, and industrial equipment sectors. He is an expert in global export control classification and licensing determinations, export license application processes, and internal control program and procedure development. For Content Enablers, he contributes trade compliance content to country-specific (Asia Pacific, Russia and Central Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe) modules. He is a frequent guest instructor with the Export Compliance Training Institute and a regular speaker/presenter at international export control conferences. Jay also serves on the editorial board of WorldECR and contributes content on global and Asia-Pacific export control topics. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and a Master of Arts degree in international security studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He has lived and worked in Beijing, China and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

Andrea Viski, PhD.

Andrea is the Director of the Strategic Trade Research Institute and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Strategic Trade Review, the leading journal dedicated to high-quality research and analysis on export controls and sanctions (www.strategictraderesearch.org). She has extensive experience working with diverse organizations and stakeholders providing research, training, and project implementation. She holds a nonresident fellowship at the University of Georgia's Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) and will be teaching a course on strategic trade as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University from fall 2019. She previously worked for the European Commission's Joint Research Center, contributing to the Nuclear Security Unit’s work on strategic trade controls as well as the European Union's CBRN Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative. She also worked in the Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control, as well as the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Programs at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). She has published extensively specifically in the area of strategic trade controls, non-proliferation, and international law. She received her PhD and an LL.M. from the European University Institute; her MA from Georgetown University’s Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security; and her BA in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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