Ziad Haider

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About Ziad Haider

Location: Washington, D.C.


Timezone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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


As Special Representative, he served as the Department’s liaison with the private 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 a record 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-level officials, and participated in key dialogues including the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the U.S.-India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue, and the U.S.-ASEAN Economic Ministers meeting. 

He served as a Senior Advisor for international economic affairs on the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary of State where he drafted strategy papers on key global economic issues encompassing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Belt and Road Initiative, briefed the Secretary of State, and helped operationalize recommendations therein. As an attorney at White & Case LLP, he represented clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and in investment 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 Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation & Association; a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Truman National Security Fellow. He previously served on President Obama's Commission on the White House Fellowship. His writings on foreign and economic policy have appeared in The Atlantic, CNBC, CNN, Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times. Fluent in Urdu and proficient in Mandarin and French, he received his JD and MPA from Georgetown and Harvard and BA from Yale and was a Fulbright Scholar in Asia.