• Meeting with Rob Wing and Joseph Ferrante, U.S. Department of State

    December 09 2013, 16:00 - 17:30
    Location: AmCham France, 77 Rue de Miromesnil, 75008 Paris
    Join Rob Wing and Joseph Ferrante to discuss a general approach to environment chapters in trade agreements and related environmental cooperation programs.  Mr. Wing and Mr. Ferrante will also highlight some of their office's recent cooperation successes.
    This event is open to members from the Environmental sector, and the membership at large. 

    About Rob Wing:

    Rob Wing is the Chief for the Environment and Trade in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).  He is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating U.S. foreign policy on environment and trade issues, including development of Environmental Cooperation Agreements or similar mechanisms with U.S. trading partners.  He also supervises implementation of approximately $5 million a year in foreign assistance designated for trade-related environmental cooperation programs. 

    Prior to joining OES, Mr. Wing spent nine years working in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of General Counsel. There, he served as the Agency’s primary staff attorney on a number of domestic and international pesticide and toxic chemical initiatives.   Before EPA, Mr. Wing was an associate in the D.C. law firm of Crowell and Moring, where he worked in the environmental, business crimes, and litigation practice groups.  Mr. Wing started his legal career clerking for the Honorable Deborah Chasanow on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.  Before law school, he worked at ICF Incorporated as an environmental consultant.

    Mr. Wing is a 1988 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. He grew up in Havre, Montana, and after secondary school, spent a year as a foreign exchange student in Cairo, Egypt.

    About Joseph Ferrante:

    Mr. Ferrante has over 25 years of experience developing, analyzing and implementing domestic and international environmental policies.  He is an experienced negotiator and has participated in several trade and/or environment related negotiations at the WTO and the United Nations.  Over the past 15 years he has facilitated international training courses regarding environmental economics.  Recently, he has led EPA’s efforts to include environmental provisions in our bilateral/regional trade agreements and ensure that meaningful trade related environmental capacity building activities are conducted. He has a considerable background in the international arena, and has served as Chairman of an Expert Group on the Economics of Biological Diversity and as Co-Chairman of the Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment, both at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
    Mr. Ferrante earned her Bachelors of  Arts in Economics, and a Masters of Science in Public Policy from the University of Rochester. Shortly after graduation, he began his career with the Environmental Protection Agency, where he has served in several capacities.  His responsibilities have included the development of domestic environmental regulations as well as shaping national level policies regarding the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.  Mr. Ferrante also served at the Executive Office of the President for two years, working on two separate projects regarding floodplain management issues and international trade and environment.