06.22.23 | washington dc

Sayari Supply Chain and Illicit Trade Symposium

Economic security’s increasingly pivotal role in the great power competition has had dramatic implications for both the U.S. national security community and multinational companies. Since the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) went into effect in June of 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has detained nearly $1B in shipments, more than 600 of them carrying apparel, footwear, and textiles. This landmark piece of import legislation was quickly followed by the revolutionary CHIPS and Science Act, which ushered in a new phase of globalization aimed at reshoring critical industry segments and their component technologies.

Join us on June 22nd, 2023 for a day-long symposium exploring how the fundamentals of global trade are likely to change. Panels featuring representatives from government and industry will delve into the import compliance, export controls, and regulatory guidance transforming industries. Sayari analysts will also lead interactive masterclasses featuring practical techniques trade compliance officers can begin applying in their investigations right away.

Thank you for attending!


House of Sweden in Washington DC
2900 K Street N.W.
Washington DC 20007

Date and Time:

June 22, 2023
9:00am – 5:00pm

About the Sessions:

The UFLPA’s First Year: Challenges, Insights, and New Horizons
Since the Uyghur Force Labor Prevention Act went into effect last June, more than $1 billion in shipments have been flagged under the UFLPA by U.S. Customs. Experts from the apparel industry, academia, and risk consulting reflect on the UFLPA’s first year and what may come next.
Masterclass: Using Public Data to Identify Potential Chinese Military Companies
China’s military-industrial complex poses a serious threat to U.S. national security interests. The U.S. government has designated dozens of private Chinese military companies and said that there are hundreds more yet to be identified. In this masterclass, Sayari Director of Training & Investigations Bjorn Kjelstad will cover how public data can help industry determine whether exports are ending up in the hands of Chinese military companies and comply with rapidly evolving export controls.
From the U.S. with Conditions: The Role of Export Controls in National Security
The rapid expansion of export controls in the past few years has placed multinational companies in the middle of the geopolitical great power competition. This panel will explore how the private sector is navigating this new landscape and how illicit trade networks may be evolving their evasion schemes.
Masterclass: Uncovering Hidden Exposure to Xinjiang Forced Labor in Your Supply Chains
U.S. importers continue to face the daunting task of auditing their supply chains for non-obvious inputs mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in Xinjiang. In this masterclass, Sayari Director of Commercial Solutions Allegra Skurka will go over what public data is relevant to uncovering Xinjiang forced labor risk and how that information can be used to help industry comply with the UFLPA.
Trade Sanctions & Enforcement in the Era of Great Power Competition
The geopolitical landscape has changed dramatically over the past three years with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s mounting challenge to U.S. interests and values. These events have precipitated a new approach to trade and supply chain regulation by the U.S. Government. This panel will explore how CBP, the Treasury, and HSI have evolved their toolkits in response, touching on key themes such as inter-agency collaboration, information sharing, and overall policy effectiveness.


Time Session Speaker
9:00 – 9:30 am Breakfast & Registration
9:30 – 10:00 am KEYNOTE – Confronting the Human Cost of Forced Labor: The Promise and Impact of Enterprise Rani Hong | Visionary Human Rights Advocate and Former Special Advisor to the United Nations
10:00 – 10:30am KEYNOTE – From Implementation to Enforcement: FLETF on the UFLPA’s Inaugural Year Rob Silvers | Under Secretary for Policy, Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force Chair
10:45 – 11:45 am Choice of:


PANEL – The UFLPA’s First Year: Challenges, Insights, and New Horizons

Julia K. Hughes | President of USFIA

Lynsie Reese | Senior Manager of Regulatory Compliance & Social Responsibility at Urban Outfitters

Cindy DeLeon | Founder of DeLeon Trade LLC, Sr. Trade Auditor

Dr. Shawn Bhimani | Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Risk Speaker, Northeastern University

Richard Mojica | Member, Practice Lead, Customs & Import Trade, Miller & Chevalier

MASTERCLASS – Using Public Data to Identify Potential Chinese Military Companies Sayari Analytical Team
11:45 – 12:45 pm Networking Lunch / Solutions Office Hours
12:45 – 1:45 pm Choice of:


PANEL – From the U.S. with Conditions: The Role of Export Controls in National Security

Scott Gearity | President of Export Compliance Training Institute

Tom Andrukonis | Managing Director of Export Controls, Sanctions & Trade, FTI Consulting

Jason Rhoades | Global Sanctions Director, Intel

Orisia Gammell | Chief Legal Counsel Export Control US, SAP

Anne Marie Lacourse | Global Trade Industry Consultant

MASTERCLASS – Uncovering Hidden Exposure to Xinjiang Forced Labor in Your Supply Chains Sayari Analytical Team
2:00 – 3:00 pm PANEL – Trade Sanctions & Enforcement in the Era of Great Power Competition Laura Webb | Director, National Threat Analysis Division – West Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Office of Trade, CBP

Trey Treadwell | Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

David Shullman | Senior Director of the China Global Hub, Atlantic Council

Akil Baldwin | Division Chief of International Operations, Homeland Security Investigations

3:00 – 5:00 pm Happy Hour

Featured Speakers Include:

Tom Andrukonis

Tom Andrukonis

Managing Director, Export Controls, Sanctions, and Trade, FTI Consulting

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Tom Andrukonis is a Managing Director in the Export Controls, Sanctions, & Trade practice at FTI Consulting. He specializes in U.S. and foreign export controls and sanctions matters, including license application development strategies, export control investigation support, internal compliance program development, conducting risk and threat-based assessments, end-use monitoring advisory services, Voluntary Self-Disclosure submission support, General Prohibition 10 advisory, delisting support services and the development of enhanced due diligence programs. He further specializes in Technology Control Plan support, in countering illicit Technology Transfer, supporting the protection of Intellectual Property, preventing compromise of Critical Program Information.

Prior to working for FTI, Tom served 41 years in the Export Administration and Export Enforcement arms of the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, administering and enforcing the Export Control Reform Act and Export Administration Regulations.

Akil Baldwin

Akil Baldwin

Division Chief of International Operations, Homeland Security Investigations

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Akil Baldwin was selected as the Division Chief for International Operations in June 2022. As the Division Chief, he provides investigative and programmatic oversight to the Attaché offices in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Baldwin served as the Regional Attaché for Homeland Security Investigations in Hong Kong. As the HSI Attaché, he oversaw HSI’s international mission in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Mr. Baldwin was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Public Safety division at Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York. In this capacity, he oversaw a human smuggling group; three human trafficking groups; and a narcotics group. He also served a long term TDY as the acting Deputy Special Agent in Charge for the HSI New York El Dorado Financial Crimes Task Force.

Mr. Baldwin served four years as the HSI Assistant Attaché in Brussels, Belgium where he had investigative oversight of HSI’s mission in Brussels and Luxembourg.

Mr. Baldwin was assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations, Office of International Operations (IO) headquarters division as an Operations Manager supporting activities of the Attaché offices in Mexico and the Visa Security program. He also served as the acting Assistant Attaché in Brussels, Belgium; Mexico City, Mexico; Casablanca, Morocco; and Amman, Jordan.

Mr. Baldwin began his career in 2002 as Special Agent at the HSI Washington, D.C. field office and was responsible for investigating extraterritorial human smuggling networks, transnational gangs and human rights violators. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with the degree in Criminology.

Mr. Baldwin is married and has two children.

Dr. Shawn Bhimani

Dr. Shawn Bhimani

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Risk Speaker, Northeastern University

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Dr. Shawn Bhimani is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Northeastern University. His work is at the intersection of supply chain risk and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Bhimani leads multiple projects to combat forced labor in global supply chains. He shares his work through publications, trainings, and engagement with governments, companies and NGOs.

Dr. Bhimani has taught supply chain and operations management at top-tier universities for Ph.D., MBA, and undergraduate courses on operations and supply chain sustainability, ethics, statistics, optimization, and improving corporate social responsibility initiatives internationally.

Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Bhimani held multiple positions in the global supply chain division of a leading Fortune-10 company. He has worked, researched, volunteered, and taught in North America, Europe, Africa, and East Asia. In the community, he has volunteered with numerous non-profits and co-led a U.S. national root causes analysis on human vulnerability.

Cindy Deleon

Cindy Deleon

Founder & Senior Trade Auditor

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Cindy is the founder of Deleon Trade LLC which is a Customs consulting firm that is primarily comprised of former CBP Auditors. Cindy and her team utilize their CBP audit experience to assist clients in designing and strengthening internal control programs to ensure U.S. Customs compliance and passing of focused assessments and customs audits. Cindy and her team have also assisted numerous clients with RASAs and investigations. She works with clients to identify risks in import operations and develop compliance manuals and procedures. Cindy and her team have prepared prior disclosure quantifications and statistical samples using the same EZ-Quant software used by U.S. Customs, worked on complex valuation review, prepared transaction value reconciliations covering multiple types of value adjustments, prepared cost submissions and computed value reconciliations, conducted comprehensive special trade program reviews in response to U.S. Customs CF28 inquiries, and assisted clients with all aspect of the ISA program. Her technical expertise of the U.S. Customs audit process has helped clients achieve favorable audit results.

Before starting her consulting career in 2007, Cindy served as a Senior Auditor and Assistant Field Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Regulatory Audit Division in Chicago for 12 years. While working at U.S. Customs she conducted and supervised multiple focused assessment audits, quick response audits, fraud investigations, free trade agreement reviews, drawback audits, NAFTA audits, and prior disclosure reviews. In addition, she designed and led the mentoring and recruiting programs for the Chicago field office and conducted advanced training sessions on technical audit issues and special trade program audits. In addition, she has successfully completed multiple advanced Customs training courses including: Advanced Focused Assessments, Advanced Value, Quick Response Audits, Evaluating Internal Controls (a COSO/SOX based approach), Management Leadership, Advanced Fraud, and Advanced Statistical Sampling.

Orisia Gammell

Orisia Gammell

Chief Legal Counsel, U.S. Export Control & Head of the Export Control Innovation Team, SAP

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Orisia Gammell is Chief Legal Counsel, U.S. Export Control and Head of the Export Control Innovation Team at SAP. As the Head of the Export Control Innovation Team, Orisia manages a team of export compliance professionals tasked with developing and implementing new and innovative solutions for managing SAP’s global export control and sanctions compliance program, including implementation of new legal requirements, enhancement of IT solutions and integration of new acquisitions. As Chief Legal Counsel, Orisia also serves as a legal advisor and subject matter expert on U.S. export control and sanctions laws applicable to SAP activities worldwide. Prior to joining SAP, Ms. Gammell was in private practice, focusing on a wide array of international trade matters. She worked with companies of all sizes in a variety of industries, advising on import, export and sanctions compliance, developing comprehensive, multi-faceted global compliance programs, and training business stakeholders worldwide.
Scott Gearity

Scott Gearity

President, ECTI Inc.

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Scott Gearity brings nearly 20 years of consulting, training, and corporate export compliance program management experience to bear for his clients.

Mr. Gearity has substantial experience in military, dual-use, and commercial export controls. His clients have ranged in size from small start-ups to some of the world’s largest companies, with a particular focus on the information technology, telecommunications, networking, and software industries.

Mr. Gearity joined ECTI from Microsoft Corporation, where he was based in Ireland and managed the company’s export compliance program for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He continues to advise many non-US companies affected by US export controls.

Mr. Gearity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and economics from American University. He is a licensed US customs broker.

Rani Hong

Rani Hong

Visionary Human Rights Advocate & Former Advisor to the United Nations

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Rani Hong, at the age of seven was kidnapped and sold into the slave trade in India. Her two decades of experience in both public and private sectors have given her a unique perspective and a powerful voice in the eradication of modern slavery. In 2011, she was appointed as UN Special Advisor, and her expertise is frequently sought out by businesses seeking guidance and help adhering to new regulations. Rani’s innovative De-Risking software is a valuable resource for corporations and governments seeking to mitigate risks.

Rani’s story is a testament to the resilience and bravery of the human spirit, and she has appeared in numerous global media outlets, she was named Woman of the Year in India in 2018, and Rani has earned audiences with the world’s most influential leaders. She continues to work towards protecting, rescuing, and restoring the dignity of vulnerable people around the world through the use of the latest technologies and global data.

Anne Marie Lacourse

Anne Marie Lacourse

Global Trade Industry Consultant

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Anne Marie Lacourse advises on the global trade industry for Sayari and Dow Jones. She has 25+ years of demonstrated experience helping over 2,000 companies embed international trade compliance into their global supply chains and commercial operations.

She has deep experience developing, implementing, and managing cross-border trade platforms to support multijurisdictional import and export regulations and has managed three-quarters of a million classifications across nearly a billion shipments on every continent. Her extensive technical and practical knowledge across diverse regulatory schemes has been instrumental in completing nearly 1,000 assessments and audits.

She has served as a U.S. State Department International Traffic in Arms Empowered Official (ITAR-EO) and is a member of the ACAMS Editorial Committee, contributing to ACAMS Today on topics such as trade-based money laundering and managing global import and export controls.

Julia K. Hughes

Julia K. Hughes

President, United States Fashion Industry Association
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Julia K. Hughes is President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. USFIA supports fashion made possible by global trade.

Ms. Hughes represents the industry in front of the U.S. government, international organizations and stakeholders, explaining how fashion companies create high quality jobs in the United States and economic opportunities around the world.

An expert on textile and apparel trade issues, Ms. Hughes has testified before Congress and the Executive Branch. She frequently speaks at international conferences including the China & Asia Textile Forum, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Harvard University’s Bangladesh Development Conference, MAGIC, World Trade Organization, and others.

Ms. Hughes is one of the founders of the Washington Chapter of Women in International Trade and the WIIT Charitable Trust. She also is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Richard Mojica

Richard Mojica

Practice Lead of Customs & Import Trade Law, Miller & Chevalier Chartered

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Richard Mojica leads the Customs & Import Trade practice at the law firm of Miller & Chevalier. His practice focuses on supply chain issues concerning the intersection of trade and human rights, including the UFLPA. Richard is a former CBP headquarters attorney.
Lynsie Reese

Lynsie Reese

Senior Manager of Regulatory Compliance & Social Responsibility, URBN

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Lynsie Reese oversees both Regulatory Compliance and Social Responsibility, within the Global Trade and Compliance department at URBN (Urban Outfitters, Inc.). She is responsible for implementing policies and processes to ensure products sold by URBN brands are safe for customers, and compliant with global regulations. From a Social Responsibility perspective, Lynsie is responsible for developing and implementing the overall framework and due diligence processes to ensure vendors are meeting or exceeding URBN’s standards and producing goods responsibly. During her 10-year career at URBN, Lynsie has spearheaded the supply chain mapping initiative, collaborated with various teams in the company to develop URBN’s inaugural impact report, and has experienced the exciting growth of both departments, watching them intersect now more than ever, as social responsibility regulations continue to emerge.
Jason Rhoades

Jason Rhoades

Global Sanctions Director, Intel

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As Intel’s Global Sanctions Director, Jason leads in the development and execution of Intel’s global sanctions compliance program. As a former Sanctions Compliance and Evaluation officer for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions counsel for a global U.S. law firm, and consultant who has led many sanctions engagements related to matters such as investigations, program building, and remediations. Jason has deep experience in both regulatory expectations and the practical, real-world impacts of sanctions requirements in many sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, and technology.
David Shullman

David Shullman

Senior Director of the China Global Hub, Atlantic Council

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David O. Shullman is senior director of the Global China Hub at the Atlantic Council, where he leads the council’s work on China.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, David was Senior Advisor at the International Republican Institute, where he oversaw the Institute’s work building the resilience of democratic institutions around the world against the influence of China, Russia, and other autocracies.

David served for nearly a dozen years as one of the US Government’s top experts on East Asia, most recently as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role David led the US intelligence community’s strategic analysis on East Asia, represented the IC in interagency policy meetings, and advised senior White House and Cabinet officials. Prior to joining the NIC, David was a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has been an adjunct senior fellow with the Center for a New American Security, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and an advisor on China for the Biden campaign.

David has offered testimony on China topics before subcommittees of both houses of Congress and publishes regularly in outlets including Foreign Affairs, War on the Rocks and the Washington Post. David’s analysis has been featured in the Financial Times, the New York Times, USA Today, and Politico, among others, and he has provided commentary for broadcast media outlets such as CNN, SkyNews, NPR, and Bloomberg Radio.

David earned his PhD in Political Science from UCLA, a MALD from the Fletcher School, and a BA from Georgetown.

Rob Silvers

Rob Silvers

Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Robert Silvers was confirmed by the Senate as the Under Secretary for Policy on August 5, 2021. He is responsible for driving policy and implementation plans across all of DHS’s missions, including counterterrorism; cybersecurity, infrastructure security, and resilience; border security and immigration; international affairs; and trade and economic security.

Mr. Silvers previously served in the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama-Biden Administration as Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy. In that role he oversaw private sector engagement, federal government incident response, and diplomatic outreach pertaining to cybersecurity and emerging technology. Mr. Silvers also previously served as DHS’s Deputy Chief of Staff, managing execution of policy and operational priorities across the entire Department.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Silvers was a partner at the law firm Paul Hastings LLP, where his practice focused on cybersecurity and data privacy, government security review of foreign investments, and investigations and litigation at the intersection of law and national security. After graduating law school, he clerked for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Silvers holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught as an adjunct professor in the M.S. in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program co-offered by the NYU Law School and NYU Tandon School of Engineering. A New York City native, Mr. Silvers lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their two children.

Trey Treadwell

Trey Treadwell

Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
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Mr. James D. (Trey) Treadwell III was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of the Treasury in May 2022. In this role, he manages and implements the Support and Technology portfolio for the Treasury’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA). His duties resemble those of a Chief Operating Officer for the OIA, covering areas such as budgeting, information technology, human resources, facilities, and operations.

Previously, Mr. Treadwell served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence and Chief Financial Officer of the Intelligence Community (50 USC §3034) from July 2018 to May 2022. In this capacity, he reported directly to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), helping to execute their statutory responsibilities concerning the National Intelligence Program. He also functioned as the DNI’s primary advisor on managing and allocating the intelligence community’s budget.

Before serving as the IC’s CFO, Mr. Treadwell spearheaded the ODNI Transformation, facilitating the strategic realignment and refocus of the ODNI to propel the Intelligence Community to heightened performance levels. His previous roles also include serving as the Deputy Director for the Business Plans and Operations Directorate and Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the National Reconnaissance Office. Earlier, at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, he was a Program Examiner for the National Reconnaissance Program and National Security Space and Intelligence related programs, offering strategic programmatic and budgetary analysis.

Before re-entering the government sector in 2010, Mr. Treadwell worked in industry as a Program Manager for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, where he led a team of contractors providing service delivery for mission operations across various ground sites. Before joining General Dynamics, he consulted for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Washington Federal Practice, supporting several government agencies.

Mr. Treadwell served over 11 years as an active duty Air Force Officer, starting his tenure in 1996 as an acquisitions officer at Los Angeles Air Force Base. He then held several space operations and acquisitions roles at various mission ground stations before concluding his active duty at NRO headquarters in Chantilly, VA. Since ending his active service in 2007, Mr. Treadwell continues to serve as an Air Force Reservist at the Pentagon.

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in 1996, Mr. Treadwell holds a Bachelor of Science degree and obtained his MBA in 2007 from the George Mason University School of Management. On a personal note, he is married to Marianne, and they have two children, Parker, 15, and Avery, 13. Besides his professional and family life, he is a competitive golfer who regularly competes at the state, national, and international amateur levels.

Laura Webb

Laura Webb

Director, National Threat Analysis Division – West Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Office of Trade, CBP
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Mrs. Laura L. Webb is the Director for the National Threat Analysis Division-West (NTAD-West) with the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate for the Office of Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). She oversees a diverse portfolio of trade enforcement, security, and facilitation to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety. Mrs. Webb has 26 years of experience at CBP and the former U.S. Customs Service, first beginning her career as an Import Specialist in Houston, Texas in 1996. Since then, she has worked in various leadership positions at CBP, from 2018 to 2023 as the Assistant Director for the NTAD-West and prior as an Assistant Center Director for the Petroleum, Minerals, and Natural Gas Center of Excellence and Expertise.