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Leading Defence Exports Conference Moves to Rome This September

London, United Kingdom, April 12, 2017 --( SMi's 12th Defence Exports Conference will take place on the 27th - 28th September, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s Hotel & Spa in Rome, Italy.

The agenda has been released for SMi’s 12th annual Defence Exports Conference which takes place on the 27th and 28th September 2017. For the first time in the history of the conference series, the event will be hosted in Italy, a nation with vast presence in the arms trade.

Featuring 27 presentations, 4 workshops, and an exclusive panel discussion, Defence Exports 2017 will provide essential briefings on best practices for complying with export controls. Bringing insights from leading international government and senior trade compliance professionals, the agenda has been curated to deliver updates on regulation controls including ITAR, EAR, ECR, Dual-Use and the Wassenaar Arrangement.

In addition, this year's conference will address how critical developments of 2017 have made - and will make - a profound impact on the defence trade, including a new administration in the White House, Brexit and the growing threat of cyber intrusion.

Featured experts and speakers include:

Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services
Minister Plenipotentiary Francesco Azzarello, Director, National Authority - UAMA (Armament Licensing and Controls) - Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Dr. Massimo Cipolletti, Head of Unit, Dual Use Items, Commercial Embargoes and Chemical Weapons, Directorate General for International Trade Policy,
Italian Ministry of Economic Development
Matthew Borman, Acting Assistant Secretary of Export Administration,
US Department of Commerce
Clair Harrison, Head of Business Awareness, Export Control Joint Unit,
UK Department for International Trade
Brigadier General Thierry Carlier, Deputy Director, International, Strategic and Technological Affairs Directorate, French Secretariat-General for National Defence and Security,
Prime Minister's Services
Stephane Chardon, Export Control Coordinator, Directorate General for Trade,
European Commission
Holger Beutel, Director of Export Monitoring, Information Analysis, WAR Weapons Control, Verification, Outreach, German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
Wendy Gilmour, Director General, Trade Controls Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada
Racheli Chen, Director of Defence Export Controls Agency (DECA), Ministry of Defence Israel
Ambassador Philip Griffiths, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement
Pierfilippo Rossetti, Head of Trade Compliance, Legal, Corporate Affairs and Compliance, Leonardo
Sue Tooze, Deputy Head of Export Control, Group Legal, BAE Systems
Bryon Angvall, Director Global Trade Controls, Boeing
Suzanne Reifman, Director, Global Trade Management, Northrop Grumman Corporation

The complete roster of speakers and their presentations can be found on

Defence Exports 2017 is proudly sponsored by Hohmann Rechtsanwälte, OCR Services, Pillsbury and Sheppard Mullin.

For those interested to attend, registration is available at

12th Defence Exports Conference
27-28 September 2017
Crowne Plaza Rome, St. Peter’s, Rome, Italy

Contact Information:
For queries on military bookings, contact James Hitchen on For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Sadia Malick on For media enquiries contact Honey de Gracia on

About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at
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