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Trade Reform Clear, Brexit, ITAR, EAR, ECR, and More to be Discussed at 13th Annual Defence Exports Conference

SMI Reports: Expert government and industry speaker line up announced for the 13th annual Defence Exports conference.

London, United Kingdom, May 26, 2018 --( The 13th annual Defence Exports conference returns to Rome on the 19th and 20th September, with the leading event for defence trade compliance set to explore the emerging issues and challenges facing the defence trade in 2018.

Registration for the event is now open and a £300 early bird discount is available for potential attendees booking before 31st May. To register your place, download the brochure and view the speaker presentations visit:

The two-day conference will focus on key topics such as: Trade Reform Clear, Brexit, ITAR, EAR, ECR, Dual-Use and the Wassenaar Arrangement, receiving strong support from international trade compliance professionals from around the world.

This year’s chair has been confirmed as Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services, who will be opening and closing the event, as well as leading one of the event’s four interactive workshops: “Jurisdiction, Classification, and Licensing: How to Police your U.S. Suppliers.”

Additional workshops include:

· “Managing export compliance with U.S. suppliers: Essential knowledge on license exceptions, U.S. re-export controls, and catch-all’s”
· “New technology – A bed of roses or increased anxiety for today’s export control practitioners”
· “UK MoD ASSC management – Axploiting best practice and information across UK defence”

Featured government expert speakers set to provide updates on regulatory developments include:

· Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, Department of Commerce
· Tracy Minnifield, Deputy Director, Licensing Directorate, Defense Technology Security Administration
· Chris Chew, Head of Policy, Export Control Joint Unit, UK Department for International Trade
· Mark Jones, Waterguard Programme ASSC Compliance Lead, UK Ministry of Defence
· Wendy Gilmour, Director General, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada
· Christer Ahlström, Director-General, Inspectorate of Strategic Products
· Ambassador Philip Griffiths, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement
· Brigadier General Bertrand Le Meur, Deputy Director for International, Strategic and Technological Affairs, French Ministry of Defence
· Holger Beutel, Deputy Director-General, BAFA: Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control
· Erno Palla Sagues, Technical Advisor, Subdirectorate General of International Trade in Defense Material and Dual Use, Spanish Secretary of State for Commerce
· Nat Bassi, Senior Project Manager ASSC Compliance, UK Ministry of Defence
· Jan Pawelec, Director, Department for Trade in Sensitive Goods and Technical Safety, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
· Renars Danelsons, Head of Strategic Goods and Export Controls, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Featured industry leaders presenting various strategies and best practice for compliance include:

· Warren Bayliss, Head of Export Controls Defence, Rolls Royce Plc
· Andre Hermsen, Chief Compliance & Risk Officer, Fokker Technologies
· Pierfilippo Rossetti, Head of Trade Compliance, Legal, Corporate Affairs and Compliance, Leonardo
· Bill Wade, Vice President, Global Trade Compliance, L3 Technologies
· Martin Lensky, Export Compliance Director, Honeywell
· Major (Res.) Martijn Antzoulatos-Borgstein MSc LLM, Manager Import and Export Compliance EMEA Region, EMEA Materials and Logistics, Rockwell Automation
· Carmen Fellows, Senior Director, Global Trade Compliance, DRS Technologies, Inc.
· Laurence Carey, Senior Manager International Trade Compliance, EMEA, United Technologies Corporation
· Nancy Fischer, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
· Rosa Rosanelli, Chief Export Compliance Officer, AIM Norway, Belgium Engine Center

The Defence Exports Conference
19th and 20th September 2018
Rome, Italy

To sponsor, speak or exhibit at Defence Exports 2018, please contact Sadia Malick at

For delegate queries please contact James Hitchen at
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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