Executive Roundtable with Wendy Cutler on Reengaging the Asia-Pacific on Trade: A TPP Roadmap for the Next Administration
(Groundbreaker and Innovator Member Event)
On Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler addressed VIP Groundbreaker and Innovator members on a variety of issues facing the United States in the Asia-Pacific ahead of the upcoming US presidential elections. Some of the topics discussed included whether the United States should reconsider joining the CPTPP, as well as other options for re-engaging trade partners in the region. This discussion was moderated by Asia Society Northern California Chairman Ken Wilcox.
Wendy Cutler is Vice President at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the managing director of the Washington D.C. office. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), including serving as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. In that capacity, she worked on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the bilateral negotiations with Japan. She also was the Chief Negotiator to the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement.
Ken Wilcox currently serves as Chairman of Asia Society Northern California. Ken was previously the CEO of SVB Financial Group. In that role, he successfully pursued a strategy of expansion and diversification, while remaining focused on the group’s core niches of technology, life sciences, venture capital and premium wineries. He is a member of the Board of the Asia Society of Northern California, the Asian Art Museum, the Equilibrium Capital Group, and Columbia Lake Venture Debt Fund. He is also an adjunct professor and member of International Advisory Board at Fudan University in Shanghai, and an advisor to a number of startups. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wilcox was a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2006 to 2012.