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.

Matt Bell.

Matt is the Senior Managing Director and Leader of Export Controls, Sanctions, and Trade at FTI Consulting. Matt helps his clients build or strengthen their trade compliance programs through procedural enhancements, audits, and trainings that are properly benchmarked to leading practices. He specializes in international trade compliance, including export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott, import, customs, and similar global regulations.

Matt also has experience overseeing large and highly complex global investigations in some of the most challenging regions of the world. His specialization has been honed through his tenure as a senior in-house counsel for several organizations that committed significant resources to designing and implementing world-class trade compliance programs. As a result, he advises his clients from a unique perspective that balances compliance with these highly complex regulations and the practical realities of implementing his advice in day-to-day operations.

Brinley Salzmann.

Brinley joined the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA) in 1985, having graduated from Sheffield University with a B.A. in Ancient History and Classical Civilisation. He worked for the DMA in various roles, before being appointed Exports Director in 1999. In 2009, on the creation of ADS, he became the new organization’s Director - Overseas & Exports.

The vast majority of his work constitutes providing ethical, offset, industrial participation, and export controls-related help, advice, and assistance to British companies. In this capacity, he acts as Secretary to the Export Group for Aerospace, Defence & Dual-Use (EGADD), the Business Ethics Network, the Defence Export Strategy Group, and the British Industrial Participation & Offset Group.

As Secretary to EGADD, he provides help and advice to companies on export control matters and liaises closely with the Export Control Joint Unit, the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, and HM Revenue & Customs, as well as with other industry bodies and non-governmental organizations. He is also a Member of the Board of the London Trade Roundtable and the Export Control Profession.

Subject Matter Experts.

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.

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.

Jayachand Pachakkil.

As a Senior Consultant, JC has been delivering Global Trade Management expertise in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and the Indian subcontinent over the past 15 years. His nearly 30 years of experience includes customs administration, free zone operations, procurement, imports and exports, inventory management, and consulting.

Consulting projects that JC has led include trade compliance assessments and audits, implementation of risk mitigation programs, supplier network evaluations, and distribution center design focusing on Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, and Retail sectors. JC has also trained and implemented compliance and customs administration teams in India and the Asia-Pacific region.

JC holds degrees in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Western Australia. He has been trained in the Export Administration Regulations of the U.S. and also completed training in Supply Chain Management at Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute and in Materials Management at the National Academy of Indian Railways.

Philip Sutter.

Phil specializes in import regulations, harmonized tariff classification, special trade programs, data analysis, and strategic insight. He is a licensed U.S. customs broker since 1998 and maintains the designation of Certified Customs Specialist from the Educational Institute of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). Phil earned a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Davenport University and a Master of Science in Finance degree from Walsh College. He has a diverse international trade experience, having held customs positions with Ford Motor Company (Import Manager and Classification Manager), Vastera (Classification and Trade Program Senior Project Manager), J.P. Morgan Chase (Vice President of Global Import Compliance), and Livingston International (Director of Import Regulatory Affairs). He currently operates his own Sutter International Trade Consulting. He has previous involvement on various committees of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI). Throughout his career, Phil has found innovative solutions to complex trade challenges.

Greg Creeser.

Greg Creeser is a Senior Partner at the trade compliance consulting firm of ITC Strategies and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars both in the U.S. and internationally on a wide array of trade compliance issues.

Greg is currently a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). He has led, and participated in, numerous working groups to address issues and provide recommendations to the DDTC. Greg held the position of President of the board of directors of the Society for International Affairs (SIA) from 2004-2006, and currently he acts as an advisor to the organization. Greg spent eight years with the State Department’s Office of Administration, traveling internationally with various Presidential administrations to arrange the financial and logistic requirements for foreign policy visits made by the Executive Branch.

Marc Binder.

Marc Binder is a Senior Partner at the trade compliance consulting firm of ITC Strategies and has been active in the international logistics, export, and import fields for the past 30+ years. Marc regularly speaks at conferences and seminars both in the U.S. and internationally on a wide array of trade compliance issues.

Marc is currently serving his second term as President of the Society for International Affairs (SIA) and has served on the SIA board since 2006. He is a former two-term member of the Department of Commerce’s Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC) and a former three-term member of the Department of State’s Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). Marc is a licensed Customs Broker and was certified in the fields of Defense Logistics and Hazardous Materials Transportation.

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