The Monterey Institute today announced the appointment of former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Alan Wolff as Distinguished Research Professor in the Institute’s Graduate School of International Policy and Management. Ambassador Wolff will also serve as director of the Institute’s International Trade and Development Policy Initiative (ITDPI). We expect ITDPI to be the first phase of our effort to consolidate and enhance the Institute’s research and academic programs addressing the policy challenges of international trade and development.
Ambassador Wolff — who served as United States deputy special representative for trade negotiations from 1977 to 1979, holding the rank of ambassador — is a longtime friend of the Institute, the parent of an alumnus, and served on the Institute’s board of trustees from 1992 through 2001. He will assume his new role in January, where his focus will include:
- Teaching an intensive trade policy workshop from the practitioner’s point of view.
- Encouraging development of student resources for international trade policy, including the annual student-organized trade policy conference scheduled for March 12, 2010.
- Helping to develop relevant professional opportunities, such as those offered through internships, consulting projects, and research activities, for Monterey Institute students and faculty in the arena of international trade and development.
- Considering the possibility of creating a center for trade and development policy at the Monterey Institute.
- Inviting senior current and former trade policy officials to the Institute campus as guest lecturers.
Ambassador Wolff will report directly to the president and will work in consultation with the provost, the dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, and appropriate faculty.