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Panel: Getting Your Foot in the Door: Leveraging Government Resources to Win Foreign Contracts

Session: Tuesday, February 10 @ 4:00

Keith Curtis is currently the Advisor and Director of Business Liaison in the Office of the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank Group. He has responsibility for private sector engagement in the 5 World Bank institutions which commit over $60 billion/year over some 7,000 projects. Keith also covers the Inter-American Development Bank for the Department of Commerce.

A senior member of the Foreign Service, Mr. Curtis was recently the Senior Commercial Counselor in Baghdad, Iraq, the largest embassy in the world where he was responsible for all commercial issues under the Ambassador in a market with a GDP over $100 billion and the second largest oil reserves in the world. He was evacuated in June after the fall of Mosul.

Prior to his assignment in Iraq Mr. Curtis was based in Washington DC in the Office of International Operations at the US Department of Commerce Headquarters operations. He worked as the senior advisor on energy efficiency and renewable energy and was responsible for energy strategy worldwide for the Commercial Service. In this role he coordinated the Green Embassies program at the Department of Commerce. From 20011-13 he worked as the Vice President for the American Foreign Service Association, representing the Foreign Commercial Service and did extensive work with the US Congress.

Mr. Curtis returned from Stockholm in 2008 where he served as the Regional Senior Commercial Officer for Sweden, Denmark, Latvia and Iceland. Mr. Curtis was responsible for commercial affairs for the region as chief representative for the US Department of Commerce programs. He was assigned to Stockholm in the August of 2003.

Mr. Curtis completed his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College in 1976 with a specialization in International Relations and a concentration in Soviet Studies. He completed his MBA at the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in 1980.

Mr. Curtis spent more than a decade in the 80s and 90s working in the Information Technology Sector with Burroughs Corporation, Tymnet Inc., McDonell Douglas and British Telecom. From the technical to the marketing side, Mr. Curtis started as a computer programmer and worked his way up to Manager of Carrier Relations negotiating International Interconnect agreements for Packet-switched network links for foreign governments and entities.

In 1990 Mr. Curtis enter the Foreign Service and has served in Tokyo, Japan, Washington DC on the European Desk, Brasilia, Brazil, and Stockholm, Sweden. During his career he worked on The Tokyo Auto Agreement, The Bosnia Commercial Mission, and the Brazil-US Caucus development programs. He has spoken widely in public forums and has written for various publications including the Foreign Service Journal and the European Trade Journal. He has been trained in the French, Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese languages.


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