Ziad Haider

Market Access, Investment, Procurement

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Washington, D.C.
Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Ziad Haider previously served as theSpecial Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the U.S.Department of State and is currently a Senior Consultant at the World Bank with theTrade and Competitiveness Global Practice and a Senior Advisor (Non-Resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies focusing his research on U.S. commercialadvocacy efforts globally.

As Special Representative, he served as the Department’s liaison with theprivate sector. He led a thirty person team that advocated for U.S. companies globally and helped them obtain market access and mitigate investment hurdles in coordination with U.S. Ambassadors and senior economic officers at U.S. Embassies world-wide. He also worked closely with the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration and Advocacy Center to secure arecord one hundred foreign government contracts in FY2016 for U.S. firms in procurement sectors ranging from infrastructure to healthcare valued at $51 billion.  He regularly engaged with key U.S. industry associations, Fortune 500 companies, and SMEs to discuss economic policy and commercial concerns, led trade delegations overseas and engaged on the behalf of U.S. business with Minister-levelofficials, and participatedin key dialogues including the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the U.S.-IndiaStrategic & Commercial Dialogue, and the U.S.-ASEAN Economic Ministers meeting. 

He served as a SeniorAdvisor for international economic affairs on the Policy Planning Staff in theOffice of the Secretary of State where he drafted strategy papers on key globaleconomic issues encompassing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Belt and Road Initiative, briefed theSecretary of State, and helped operationalize recommendations therein. As an attorney at White& Case LLP, he represented clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment inthe United States (CFIUS) and ininvestment disputes serving as part of the legal team that assisted a sovereign secure the dismissal of US$1 billion in claims.

He serves on the Board of Directorsof the White House Fellows Foundation & Association; a Term Member of the Council on ForeignRelations; and a Truman National Security Fellow. He previously served on President Obama's Commission on the White House Fellowship. His writings onforeign and economic policy have appeared in The Atlantic, CNBC, CNN, ForeignPolicy, and the Financial Times. Fluent in Urdu and proficient in Mandarin andFrench, he received his JD and MPA from Georgetown and Harvard and BA from Yaleand was a Fulbright Scholar in Asia.