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05/16/2024: National Security and Supply Chains: Finding Economic Security in a Changing World
Thursday, May 16, 2024, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
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Please join the Women's Foreign Policy Group, TradeExperettes, and the Embassy of Denmark on Thursday, May 16 for "National Security and Supply Chains: Finding Economic Security in a Changing World". Driven by growing geopolitical tensions, economic security has risen to the forefront of policy concerns of many governments and encompasses a broad set of interconnected issues and elements, such as investment screening, controls on emerging or critical technologies, and supply chain resilience. To cope with such concerns and bolster economic security, the United States is developing an expanding toolkit that includes incentives, export controls, tightened investment screening, and actions against unfair trade practices. These measures, with potentially more to come, have focused on semiconductors but are expanding to include other industries, such as biotechnology and “green” industries. How can the U.S. and its allies strike a balance between national security and market-driven economic activity?

The format of this event will be a 45-minute panel discussion followed by a 15 minute audience Q&A, with time for a networking reception to follow. 

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
4:00 - 6:00 PM ET

Residence of Denmark
3200 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, D.C., 20008 


Degi Altantuya is a Deputy Director of Monitoring and Enforcement in the Treasury’s Office of Investment Security.  In this role, Degi leads a team of case officers and in close collaboration with the Committee members, executive branch agencies, and intelligence community, administers monitoring and enforcement of CFIUS matters.  Before joining the Treasury Department, Degi practiced law for several years and most recently was a director in a forensics firm investigating and remediating cyber, export controls (ITAR/EAR), FCPA, and trade sanctions violations.  

Kimberly Donovan is the director of the Economic Statecraft Initiative within the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. Prior to joining the Council, Donovan served in the federal government for fifteen years, most recently as the acting associate director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) Intelligence Division and FinCEN’s chief of staff and senior advisor to the director. Donovan holds extensive expertise in anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism, the Bank Secrecy Act, US national security, Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions programs, and FinCEN regulatory actions. Prior to joining FinCEN, Donovan served a tour on the White House National Security Council as a director for counterterrorism and served in Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes as a senior policy advisor and acting director of the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining Treasury, Donovan worked in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence/National Counterterrorism Center and the Defense Intelligence Agency. In these roles, Donovan developed national strategies to combat terrorist groups and terrorist financing leveraging the full range of US economic tools, advised senior policymakers on critical national security challenges, and collaborated with foreign partners to advance shared foreign-policy objectives. Donovan holds a master of arts in international peace and conflict resolution from the School of International Service at American University and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Vermont. She resides in Northern Virginia with her family.

Kristi Rogers is a leading executive and former senior government official with extensive international leadership experience in the public and private sectors. Her strategic advice and counsel are regularly sought on issues relating to global supply chain resiliency, security and disaster response, federal government contracting, the role of business in complex and dynamic environments, and crisis communications. Today, she is the managing partner and co-founder of Principal to Principal, and P2P Strategies, strategic positioning companies operating at the most senior levels of business and government. Their objective is to bring constructive approaches to today’s multifaceted public policy issues and assist organizations with successfully addressing complex challenges. P2P manages a Global Forum and a Global Supply Chain Task Force. A recovering start-up CEO, Kristi successfully launched, managed, and grew two companies with overseas operations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Qualys Inc. (a publicly traded company), chairs its Nomination & ESG Committee and serves on its Compensation & Talent Committee; and NowSecure (a private mobile app security company), serving on its Audit and HR & Compensation Committees. Kristi also serves on the Board of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), co-chairs the Women’s Foreign Policy Group Board, and serves on the Advisory Councils for ForgePoint Capital, George Mason University’s National Security Institute, and the Silverado Policy Accelerator. She was recognized by WomenInc. as a member of their 2019 Most Influential Corporate Directors. In June 2020, she was appointed to the BENS Commission on the National Response Enterprise, chaired by former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, the Honorable Jeh Johnson, and the Chairman & CEO of Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky. Previously, Kristi was a senior executive within the US government serving at the Departments of Transportation, Defense, and Homeland Security. She spent just under a year in Iraq while at Defense, also traveling extensively in the Middle East and Africa. Today she is the State Society of Michigan’s President and a regular speaker at Michigan State University’s College of Social Science and other organizations.

Renee P. Sonderman is Director of the Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State. She leads policy development, implementation and licensing of dual-use export controls, as well as the use of export control tools to curb destabilizing transfers of conventional weapons and related technologies. She also leads State Department policy on commercial remote sensing. Ms. Sonderman is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. Ms. Sonderman’s previous positions include Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council (NSC) and numerous positions at the Department of State and Defense. Ms. Sonderman was previously Director of the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism where she led policy development, implementation, and program management on issues related to WMD terrorism and smuggling, as well as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergency preparedness and response. She served as the U.S. Government head of delegation to the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP) and the U.S. Coordinator for the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT).

Ms. Sonderman also served as Chief of Strategy and Policy, International Engagement Directorate, Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA). In this role, she led development, coordination and implementation of policies related to foreign disclosure of classified military information, foreign liaison and defense exchange personnel programs, and technology release in support of foreign military sales.

Ms. Sonderman began her public service as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in the Department of State's Bureau of Nonproliferation where she was responsible for nonproliferation policies related to East Asia and the Pacific. As a PMF, she completed assignments at the American Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna.


Ms. Sonderman received her Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and Bachelors degrees in Political Science and East Asian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed a post-graduate program at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.


Penny Naas was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 15, 2022, and sworn in as the  17th Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army for Installations, Energy and Environment  (ASA(IE&E)) on April 4, 2022. In this position, Ms. Jacobson is the primary advisor to the  Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army for all matters related to Army  installation policy and oversight, military construction and housing, energy policy, natural and  cultural resource management, historic preservation, safety and occupational health, and all  environmental matters. Ms. Jacobson also serves as the Army's Chief Sustainability Officer.

Ms. Jacobson is an experienced environmental lawyer, having spent the majority of her career  at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division. Ms.  Jacobson was an appointee during the Obama-Biden Administration where she served at the  Department of Defense as the Deputy General Counsel for Environment, Energy and  Installations, and at the Department of the Interior, as Principal Deputy Solicitor and Acting  Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.  
Ms. Jacobson, who came to the Army position following five years in private practice at the law  firm Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C., also ran a conservation program at the National Fish  and Wildlife Foundation. Ms. Jacobson is a member of the bars of Illinois, D.C. and  Massachusetts, and the American College of Environmental Lawyers. She received an  undergraduate degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a law degree  from Boston University School of Law. A native of Chicago, Ms. Jacobson resides in  Washington, D.C.  

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