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Jonathan (Josh) Kallmer

Executive Vice President of Policy

Jonathan (Josh) S. Kallmer is ITI’s executive vice president for policy, leading ITI’s efforts to influence policy developments around the globe in ways that enable innovation and economic growth, while supporting governments in achieving their public policy objectives. With a team of experienced professionals, he is responsible for crafting and executing policy strategies in every region of the world and on a wide range of issues, such as privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, trade and market access, standards, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and taxation, among others. This includes, for example, working with the European Union and its Member States to develop global approaches to privacy and data protection and reduce regulatory fragmentation on digital issues; engaging with China to build trust and understanding on issues related to cybersecurity and cloud computing; supporting the efforts of governments in India and Brazil to develop regulatory approaches to encryption and IoT; and representing the global tech sector in multilateral settings such as the G7, G20, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, and World Trade Organization (WTO) on issues affecting technology and innovation.

Before joining ITI in February 2015, Josh was counsel in the International Trade and International Dispute Resolution groups of Crowell & Moring LLP, where he helped companies overcome regulatory and market access barriers in foreign markets and otherwise mitigate the policy and geopolitical risks that they faced when operating overseas. From 2007-2012, Josh served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment, where he was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. international investment policy and negotiating with foreign governments to secure greater market access and better treatment for U.S. companies abroad. He co-chaired the United States’ bilateral investment treaty (BIT) program, was lead U.S. negotiator for several international investment agreements, and represented the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). From 2004-2007, Josh was Assistant General Counsel at USTR, where he served as lead counsel for the United States in disputes before the WTO.

Prior to joining USTR, Josh was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson LLP, where he practiced in the areas of international litigation and arbitration and international trade. Josh speaks and writes frequently on technology and international economic policy issues. He graduated with honors from Stanford University and received his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University.

Blog Posts by Jonathan (Josh) Kallmer

  • Standards Are Developed in a Consensus-Based Way   (July 29, 2019)

    This article originally appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Financial Times on July 29, 2019. You can find it here. While your Big Read article “Eyes on the prize” (July 25) correctly outlines China’s ...

  • The United States is Poised to Lead on Digital Trade   (February 20, 2019)

    Digital technology drives global commerce. It ensures payments happen on time and in the right amount. It keeps farms yielding abundantly, factories working efficiently, and trucks running smoothly. It ...

  • Towards Building a Digital Future   (February 19, 2019)

    This article originally appeared as an op-ed in The Daily Pioneer on 19 February 2019. While India has legitimate questions about how companies handle data, to protect trade, Governments must address harmful ...

  • Trump's tariff war is all self-inflicted pain, and likely no gain   (February 03, 2019)

    The chairman of President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, recently proclaimed that “there are a heck of a lot of U.S. companies” that will suffer and watch “their earnings being downgraded,” ...

  • We Can’t Afford to Let a Modernized NAFTA Fail   (December 19, 2017)

    There’s no question that the North American Free Trade Agreement has significantly reshaped the U.S. economy and the way companies do business in North America. Since the agreement entered into force in ...

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