Ambassador Alan Wolff
 Chairman 
Dewey & LeBoeuf's  International Trade Practice Group      Ambassador Alan Wolff has a distinguished career of public service that spans the fields of international trade, legislative and public policy and litigation with a special emphasis on the renewable and clean energy industry. He currently leads Dewey & LeBoeuf's International Trade Practice Group, which has been credited with helping to open international markets for American products including semiconductors, computer parts, telecommunications equipment, soda ash and forest products, consumer photographic film and paper, and insurance and other services. Mr. Wolff served as managing partner of the Washington, DC office of Dewey Ballantine from 1991 through September 2007, prior to the merger of that firm with LeBoeuf Lamb.    Current membership commitments, among others, include: * Director and Chairman of the Advisory Committee,  * Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy * Member, U.S. Department of State, Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy * Member, Council on Foreign Relations    He served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (1977-1979) in the Carter Administration, holding the rank of ambassador, after having served as General Counsel of the agency from 1974-1977.     Short Bio

Ambassador Alan Wolff

Chairman 
Dewey & LeBoeuf's
International Trade Practice Group

Ambassador Alan Wolff has a distinguished career of public service that spans the fields of international trade, legislative and public policy and litigation with a special emphasis on the renewable and clean energy industry. He currently leads Dewey & LeBoeuf's International Trade Practice Group, which has been credited with helping to open international markets for American products including semiconductors, computer parts, telecommunications equipment, soda ash and forest products, consumer photographic film and paper, and insurance and other services. Mr. Wolff served as managing partner of the Washington, DC office of Dewey Ballantine from 1991 through September 2007, prior to the merger of that firm with LeBoeuf Lamb.

Current membership commitments, among others, include:
* Director and Chairman of the Advisory Committee,
* Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy
* Member, U.S. Department of State, Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy
* Member, Council on Foreign Relations

He served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (1977-1979) in the Carter Administration, holding the rank of ambassador, after having served as General Counsel of the agency from 1974-1977.

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Al Larson
 Senior International Policy Advisor  Covington & Burling LLP    Alan Larson, an economist, former diplomat and non-lawyer, provides clients with strategic advice, counseling and representation at the intersection of international business and public policy.      His practice encompasses international investment and acquisitions, centering on the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); sanctions and trade compliance; international energy transactions and international trade.  Mr. Larson is a member of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Associates, a strategic partner of C&B.  He is Chairman of Transparency International/USA and a Board Member of Bread for the World.  He previously served as Under Secretary of State for Economics and Ambassador to OECD. He is a Career Ambassador, the State Department’s highest honor.    Recent Congressional Testimonies  * Testimony before the Senate Finance Committee on Strengthening the Rule of Law for U.S. Business in Russia, by Alan Larson, March 15, 2012.  * Testimony before the House Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade of the House Financial Services Committee on Multilateral Development Banks Support U.S. National Security Objectives, by Alan Larson, September 15, 2011.  * Testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Trade on the model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), by Alan Larson, May 14, 2009.     Short Bio

Al Larson

Senior International Policy Advisor 
Covington & Burling LLP

Alan Larson, an economist, former diplomat and non-lawyer, provides clients with strategic advice, counseling and representation at the intersection of international business and public policy.  

His practice encompasses international investment and acquisitions, centering on the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); sanctions and trade compliance; international energy transactions and international trade.  Mr. Larson is a member of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Associates, a strategic partner of C&B.  He is Chairman of Transparency International/USA and a Board Member of Bread for the World.  He previously served as Under Secretary of State for Economics and Ambassador to OECD. He is a Career Ambassador, the State Department’s highest honor.

Recent Congressional Testimonies

* Testimony before the Senate Finance Committee on Strengthening the Rule of Law for U.S. Business in Russia, by Alan Larson, March 15, 2012.

* Testimony before the House Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade of the House Financial Services Committee on Multilateral Development Banks Support U.S. National Security Objectives, by Alan Larson, September 15, 2011.

* Testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Trade on the model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), by Alan Larson, May 14, 2009.

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Mr. Johnson
 President Washington Avenue International, LLC    As an executive for the United States government, Mr. Johnson oversaw more than $1 billion of programs in all 50 states. With more than 20 years of federal service, he developed working relationships with key managers across government and the private sector. He has a combination of state, federal and private sector experience and business education that provides him with a unique understanding of both the corporate and government communities.     He founded Les Johnson & Associates, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm and later Washington Avenue International. Washington Avenue serves as a bridge to US companies and government agencies. His staff is Nigerian, Chinese and American. Most recently, he has met with and advised government agencies and companies in China and Nigeria, as well as several universities.    Early in his government career, Mr. Johnson was based in New York City and worked for both New Jersey and New York State. He managed procurement and contracting operations with private companies.    He studied leadership and management from Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, Sid Simon, Robert Dilts and Landmark Education. He is an authorized trainer for Covey's 7 Habits of Effective people which focuses on ethics and moral frameworks.     Mr. Johnson is Vice President of the University of Chicago's Business School Alumni Association in Washington, DC and works closely with the Harvard, Wharton, New York University and Columbia Alumni Associations.   Short Bio

Mr. Johnson

President
Washington Avenue International, LLC

As an executive for the United States government, Mr. Johnson oversaw more than $1 billion of programs in all 50 states. With more than 20 years of federal service, he developed working relationships with key managers across government and the private sector. He has a combination of state, federal and private sector experience and business education that provides him with a unique understanding of both the corporate and government communities. 

He founded Les Johnson & Associates, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm and later Washington Avenue International. Washington Avenue serves as a bridge to US companies and government agencies. His staff is Nigerian, Chinese and American. Most recently, he has met with and advised government agencies and companies in China and Nigeria, as well as several universities.

Early in his government career, Mr. Johnson was based in New York City and worked for both New Jersey and New York State. He managed procurement and contracting operations with private companies.

He studied leadership and management from Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, Sid Simon, Robert Dilts and Landmark Education. He is an authorized trainer for Covey's 7 Habits of Effective people which focuses on ethics and moral frameworks. 

Mr. Johnson is Vice President of the University of Chicago's Business School Alumni Association in Washington, DC and works closely with the Harvard, Wharton, New York University and Columbia Alumni Associations.

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