Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - The Metropolitan Club, New York City

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Gilbert B. Kaplan
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
United States Department of Commerce

Gilbert B. Kaplan was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to be Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade in the United States Department of Commerce, confirmed by the Senate, and sworn in on March 20, 2018.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kaplan was a partner at King & Spalding, where his practice focused on international trade cases and trade policy issues. He represented U.S. companies and workers in a wide range of cases on dumping subsidies, and intellectual property infringement. and advised clients on trade policy matters, as well as trade negotiations such as those involving the WTO and international anti-subsidy agreements.

In 2007, he filed and prosecuted the first successful countervailing duty (anti-subsidy) case ever against China.

He is the founder of The Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing and the co-founder of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative (MPI) at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), the first and only university program in the country focusing on what public policy steps should be taken to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.

From 2010-2012, Under Secretary Kaplan served as the first President of the Committee to Support U. S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL) an organization of companies, workers, farmers, and ranchers dedicated to preserving and enhancing the U.S. trade remedy laws.

From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Kaplan served in several senior positions at the Department of Commerce including Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration and supervised over 500 trade remedy cases.

Mr. Kaplan graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and magna cum laude from Harvard College. He and his wife Betty Ann have two children, Katharine and Nicholas.