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Christopher G. Caine

Christopher G.

President and Founder

Mercator XXI

Christopher G. Caine is a member of ITIF’s board.

He is president and founder of Mercator XXI, a professional services firm helping clients engage the global economy. Prior to April 2009, Caine was employed by IBM Corporation for 25 years. For 13 years, he had corporate responsibility for global public policy issues that impacted IBM in his role as vice president, governmental programs.

Caine also served as director, human resources and environmental policy for IBM, responsible for public policy issues such as health-care reform, labor, personnel, health and safety, environment, and energy. Prior to that, he was manager of federal government relations and was regional manager of the company’s state government relations programs.

Caine represented IBM Corporation on policy and economic development trends involving government, innovation, global electronic commerce, privacy, and new security challenges before a variety of public fora including the U.S. Congress, 2004 National Intelligence Council Conference convened by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2003 World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea, along with many others.

Caine has served on the boards of the Information Technology Industry Council, European-American Business Council, Washington International Business Council, and as a member of U.S. Department of State Advisory Committees on International Economic Policy and International Communication and Information Policy. Caine was appointed by former Virginia Governor Mark Warner to serve on the Virginia Information Technology Investment Board. He serves on the advisory boards of the Global Strategy Institute, Ford’s Theater, the Constitution Project, the Institute for Education, the Ambassador Theater, and Brainfood.

Caine has been a guest lecturer at Lafayette College and Georgetown University. In spring 2008, he created the Caine Scholar’s Award for Global Leadership, Business and Policy at Lafayette College. It is designed to help develop the next generation of U.S. leaders for the globally integrated economy.

He and his wife Betsy have a daughter and son and live in Bethesda, MD.

Recent Events and Presentations

December 2, 2021

2021 Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance Annual Summit

The GTIPA’s annual summits bring together alliance members with world-leading experts to explore creative solutions to the difficult economic, trade, and innovation challenges facing the international community.

September 28, 2009

Benchmarking Leading Countries’ National Innovation Policies

Join ITIF for an event to discuss the recent ITIF report that benchmarks national innovation policies and analyzes what the United States can learn from the worlds’ ten most innovation-forward countries.

October 8, 2008

Silicon Valley Forum: Digital Quality of Life

ITIF will host a forum to discuss the release of a major new report Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Personal and Social Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution, a companion to the 2007 report Digital Prosperity.

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