HSBC Thought Leadership Forum
The State of Global Trade 2019
Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Patricia Gomes, Head of North America Global Trade and Receivables Finance
The New York Public Library
Celeste Bartos Forum
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Event Speaker and Moderator Bios
Karen Tramontano
Chief Executive Officer

Karen A. Tramontano is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC. She provides corporate, institutional, and public sector clients with results oriented strategies.

From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Tramontano served in theWhite House as deputy chief of staff to President William Jefferson Clinton and counselor to Erskine Bowles and John Podesta. Her portfolio encompassed a wide range of issues, including international trade and transatlantic relations as well as economic and financial issues concerning the World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Bank, and International MonetaryFund.

In 2001, Ms. Tramontano served as chief of staff for President Clinton’s transition, where she established his office and presence in New York City.

Ms. Tramontano is also Founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative, a non-profit organization working to promote a more equitable and sustainable approach to globalization. She serves as a lecturer in the Executive Master of European and International Business Law program at the University of St. Gallen,Switzerland.

Previously, Ms. Tramontano served as chief of staff to mayor of the District of Columbia Sharon Pratt, chief of staff to Service Employees International Union presidents John Sweeney and Andy Stern, and counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Laborand Pensions.

Ms. Tramontano earned a Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University Law School and a B.A. from Boston College. An aging tri-athlete, she holds a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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