As the incoming Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project at Babson Global, the commercial arm of Babson College, Shanker A. Singham brings with him a wealth of experience in trade, competition and regulatory systems. He is one of the most experienced, and well known international trade and competition lawyers in the world, having authored the leading text book on the subject of trade, competition and regulatory frameworks. He has lectured, written and spoken extensively, including over one hundred articles and book chapters. He has led the market access practices of two prominent law firms most recently a top ten global law firm, Squire Sanders and he has represented multinational companies and governments. He is a cleared advisor to the United States Trade Representative and Department of Commerce, and is a Non-Government Advisor to the International Competition Network. He has also been a senior trade and economics advisor to a number of political candidates from Governor Lawton Chiles and Governor Buddy McKay in Florida to Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He is currently hosting a speaker series on the Moral Case for Free Markets. Shanker has his Masters and Undergraduate degrees in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, and postgraduate legal degrees in both the UK and US, having spent his early career working on the privatizations and development of competition laws in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe with a prominent City of London law firm, and then in Latin America working on the apertura. Shanker is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and founded the Roundtable in 1997 as a way of promoting the notion of free trade, competitive markets and property rights protection around the world, having learned the lessons of the openings in the former Soviet sphere, Latin America and China and India’s re-insertion into the global economy.
Panelists will discuss how the U.S. can lead development of a new global trade regime that favors rules- and market-based trade while supporting the innovation-based global economy.