Head of Global Trade Compliance
As of February 2018, Liana Sebastian is head of the global trade compliance legal team at Google. Prior to her current role, she was senior export compliance counsel at Google focusing on US export controls and trade sanctions compliance. She had been in that role for 10 years. Before joining Google, Liana worked at Baker & McKenzie in the trade compliance team based in Washington, DC and is an alumni of Georgetown University Law Center.
International payments specialist and co-founder
Kees advises corporates in the area of treasury and trade finance. He has been working in the financial services industry for more than 20 years setting up global operating models for banks and corporates.
Kees specializes in payments and currency risk management models for emerging market countries. He has successfully helped corporates insetting up payment routes to and from Iran.
LinkedIn profile of Kees Lakerveld
Gert Demminkis partner at Philip Sidney, a niche risk and reputation consultancy firm active in global trade compliance. Philip Sidney’s market include: Banking, Factoring & Financial Services, Payments Services, Aerospace & Defense, Aviation, Oil&Gas/Offshore, and (Re-)insurance.
From 1998 to October 2006, Gert headed the Centre of Excellence for Integrity (all financial-economic crime related matters) at the Dutch Central Bank. Before that, Gert set up the Finance Intelligence Unit (FIU) for the Netherlands Antilles.
Gert’s ancillary activities include:
- Deputy Judge in the Criminal Courts in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Schiphol and Maastricht. Often presiding, as the case may be;
- Chair of the Expert Group for Export Licenses for the Netherlands Industry for Defense and Security (“NIDV”);
- Representative of NIDV in the European Association of Defense Industries (“ASD”) ‘s Export Control Committee and Business Ethics Committee;
- Chair, Compliance Chamber of the Institute for Financial Crime in the Hague Security Delta;
- Member of the FCI Compliance Committee;
Associate General Counsel
Global Trade Compliance at Verizon
In this role, Ms. Van Buren is responsible for providing legal advice and training relating to export,import and sanctions issues worldwide.
Prior to joining Verizon, Ms. Van Buren was in private practice, counseling clients across various industries on export control, sanctions and related compliance issues. Ms. Van Buren graduated, Order of the Coif, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and received a MA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. In 2011, Ms. Van Buren received the International Labour Organization (ILO) Client Choice Award in the trade and customs category.
She participates in webinars in a personal capacity.
Director, Head of OFAC and Sanctions Compliance
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Kevin J. Wolf is a partner in the international trade practice. His experience encompasses the laws, regulations, policies and international arrangements pertaining to national security, foreign policy and other controls over the export, reexport and transfer of military, dual-use and other commodities, technologies, software and services to various destinations, end uses and end users. His work focuses on the U.S. regulations implementing these controls, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), antiboycott regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and multilateral trade controls.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Wolf served for seven years (2010-2017) as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce, where he developed and implemented policies pertaining to Export Administration issues and provided overall direction to, and management of, BIS’s national security, nonproliferation, foreign policy, national defense and strategic industrial resource functions.
Mr. Wolf directed BIS’s Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES), the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance (NPTC), the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC), the Office of Exporter Services (OExS) and the Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE). The chairs of the interagency Operating Committee, which handles staff-level licensing disputes, and the interagency End User Review Committee, which manages the Entity List, reported directly to Mr. Wolf.
Mr. Wolf was also responsible for the coordination with OFAC of BIS regulations and licensing policies pertaining to the countries subject to economic sanctions, principally Russia, Iran and Cuba.