Guest Speaker: Douglas J. Wallace, First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Douglas J. Wallace, First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was the guest speaker for my MBA6313 class on July 23, 2012 MONDAY.
Douglas Wallace is a U.S. diplomat with rank of First Secretary. He is
currently assigned to the San Francisco Export Assistance Center where
he assists U.S. firms in international business expansion. Mr. Wallace’s
previous assignments have included:
Senior Commercial Officer – U.S. Embassy Algiers, Algeria (2008-10)
Deputy Senior Commercial Officer – U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel (2005-08)
Principal Commercial Officer – U.S. Consulate Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2004-05)
Commercial Attache – U.S. Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (2003-04)
Wallace also served temporary assignments in Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar
and will move to Casablanca, Morocco in 2013 to begin a four-year
assignment at the U.S. Consulate as Senior Commercial Officer.
his career in the Foreign Service, Mr. Wallace has been responsible for
promoting U.S. business interests abroad, partnering U.S. firms with
foreign agents and distributors, and conducting commercial diplomacy to
resolve trade problems and increase market entry for U.S. goods abroad.
Before working for the U.S. Government, Douglas taught English in
Tunisia and studied advanced-level Arabic at the American University in
Mr. Wallace gave a great lecture on current USA trade and economic policy. Mr. Wallace also talked about the comparison
of the two business markets : China and India? The pro’s, the con’s,
the strength sectors in each and the trade policy issues that faces businesses from the USA.