Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance2021 ANNUAL SUMMIT

The Annual Summit of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA) was held in Washington DC, on December 2-3.
GTIPA represents a network of more than 40 world-leading think tanks dedicated to advancing a positive view of trade, globalization, and innovation for the benefit of the global community. The GTIPA’s annual summits bring together alliance members with world-leading experts to explore creative solutions to the difficult economic, trade, and innovation challenges facing the international community.
This year’s summit explored: COVID-19 and digital transformation; the future of the WTO and global trade; transforming global supply chains for greater resiliency; getting intellectual property and data policies right to support innovation; and how states and regions can introduce effective public policies to stimulate local innovation. The event can be attended in-person or watched via livestream.
Competere is a founding member of the Alliance.
Pietro Paganini took part to the event with a talk on sustainable supply chains. He explored changes in supply chains after COVID-19, the clash between globalization and glocalization, and the impact of new policies, such as the one that the EU is designing.
The event was hosted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, based in Washington DC. Past summit were hosted in Milano and Mexico City. In 2020 the summit was held online in a lighter version. 2022 Summit will be held in person in Seoul, South Korea.



  • Matt Murray, Senior Bureau Official, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

Panel 1: COVID-19 and Digital Transformation

  • Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG
  • Stefano da Empoli, I-Com
  • Jaci McDole, Senior Policy Analyst, ITIF
  • Carlo Maria Rossotto, Principal Investment Officer, Global Head, Upstream Telecom Media and Technology, Infrastructure, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Karlo Valentín, Partner, EYEX
  • Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, ITIF

Panel 2: The Future of the WTO and Global Trade

  • Bipul Chatterjee, Executive Director, CUTS International
  • Jamieson Greer, Partner, King & Spalding
  • Chris Hattingh, Deputy Director, Free Market Foundation
  • Kyungjin Song, Executive Director, Innovative Economy Forum
  • Philip Thompson, Policy Analyst, Property Rights Alliance
  • Barbara Kolm, Founding Director, Austrian Economics Center (moderator)

Panel 3: Supply Chain Transformation: A Force for Economic Development and Resilience

  • Hubertus Bardt, Managing Director & Head of Research, German Economic Institute
  • Chris Caine, President, The Center for Global Enterprise
  • John Neuffer, President & CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
  • Pietro Paganini, Co-Founder and Curiosity Officer, Competere
  • Emily Benson, Associate Fellow & Scholl Chair in International Business, CSIS (moderator)

Panel 4: Maximizing Global Innovation: Why Robust IP Protections and Open Data Flows Matter

  • Mincheol Choi, Associate Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade
  • Nigel Cory, Associate Director, Trade Policy, ITIF
  • Natalia Gonzalez, Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs, Libertad y Desarrollo
  • Andrei Iancu, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, USPTO
  • Mark Schultz, Director, Intellectual Property Program & Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Endowed Chair in IP Law, University of Akron School of Law
  • Philip Stevens, Executive Director, The Geneva Network (moderator)

Panel 5: Stimulating Innovation, from Regions to Nations: Result from the North American Competitiveness Index

  • Carolina Agurto, Partner, Fundación Idea
  • Eric Miller, President, Rideau Potomac Strategy Group
  • Sean Randolph, Executive Director, Bay Area Economic Council
  • Brad Wood, Senior Advisor, Innovation and Industrial Policy, Embassy of Canada
  • Luke Dascoli, Economic & Technology Policy Research Assistant, ITIF (moderator)

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