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Carmen Suro-Bredie, assistant U.S. trade representative for policy coordination in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), will speak at the Economics Club of Hampton Roads luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Co-sponsored by Old Dominion University's College of Business and Public Administration, the luncheon, scheduled for noon at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, costs $30 for nonmembers. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Suro-Bredie previously served as the assistant U.S. trade representative for Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, where she helped design the free trade area of the Americas. She created the first environment office at the USTR while serving as assistant U.S. trade representative for the environment and intellectual property.

Her career spans work on several continents, including the negotiation of bilateral agreements with more than 30 countries. She was a member of the negotiating teams for the Canada Free Trade Area, the North American Free Trade Area and the Uruguay Round.

From 1987 to 1989, Suro-Bredie was deputy executive secretary to the White House cabinet-level economic policy council and senior policy adviser to the presidential commission on U.S.-Pacific trade and investment policy.

As a member of the diplomatic corps, Suro-Bredie served as the first secretary at the U.S. Embassies in Singapore and Paris.

She received her M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.

For more information or to make reservations call 683-4058.

This article was posted on: November 18, 2004

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