University Export Controls 2022 Seminar

September 27-29, 2022- Columbus, OH, United States

Comprehensive & Practical Export Compliance Training Focusing on the Issues Relevant to Universities, Research Laboratories, & Companies that Collaborate with these Organizations

Universities and research organizations play a vital role in the development and advancement of our most critical and sensitive technologies. As the eye of the US Government has become more keenly focused on university export violations, the risks for these institutions have become significantly greater. No university wants to become the poster child for university export control violations, and many programs are increasingly challenged with making sure that their compliance is up to speed.

The realities of complex regulations, increased government scrutiny, and dramatic export control reform create a real challenge for those responsible for compliance at academic and research facilities. Balancing academic freedom for faculty and researchers with compliance - and factoring in the issues specific to foreign national students and faculty - can be overwhelming.

Join us for our three-day comprehensive training on the ins and outs of US export control rules from the perspective of universities and research organizations. While some conferences merely skim the surface, we will delve into the details of the export control rules as they affect the day-to-day operations of these organizations. The comprehensive curriculum is organized to examine the issues in a thorough and methodical manner. Novices will get comprehensive, detailed training on the key rules while experts will have a unique opportunity to master the critical nuances of the rules and hear the viewpoints of their peers on the most complex and daunting compliance challenges.

Private companies who sponsor or work with universities and research laboratories on research projects will also benefit from this training by gaining unique and invaluable insights into the special compliance issues faced by these organizations, facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between the academic and private sector. Professional export compliance instructors and a number of respected panelists from the university community will lead the training, discussions, and hands-on, practical exercises. Dynamic and methodic instruction -with emphasis on active learning and case studies - will provide compliance professionals from universities, research laboratories, and private enterprise with the complete details of US Export Controls as they apply to the academic and research community.

Who Should Attend?

  • University Export Compliance Officers / Contracts Administrators
  • Research Lab Export Compliance Officers / Contracts Administrators
  • Compliance Professionals from Private Industry Who Collaborate with Universities & Research Labs

Health & Safety Notice:

The health and safety of our customers and employees is of critical importance. With respect to COVID-19, we are instituting several protocols and guidelines to promote the health and safety of our valued participants. All attendees will be required to follow our event safety protocols in order to protect themselves and other participants. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and we are committed to meet or exceed applicable guidelines or requirements to ensure the safety of our attendees and speakers. Due to COVID-19, seating is limited.

Instructors

Scott Gearity, President - ECTI, Inc.
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.

Donald Pearce, Senior Advisor / Global Risk, Monitorship, and Investigations Practice – Torres Trade Advisory
Donald Pearce, a retired Special Agent from the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), is an experienced investigator and subject matter expert on strategic trade control policy, transnational criminal investigations, export control systems, and national security issues. After 30-plus years of government service in both domestic and international roles, Mr. Pearce established Sentinel LLC; a consultancy focused on the intersection of international trade, technology, geopolitics, and security, and partners with Torres Trade Advisory, to provide guidance that keeps companies safe, compliant, and prosperous.

Before his retirement in 2020, Mr. Pearce served as the acting Unit Chief for Liaison and Interdiction, providing subject matter expertise to international organizations, other government agencies, and industry worldwide. Mr. Pearce was the principal author of the 2016 amendments to the Wassenaar Arrangement’s Best Practices for Export Control Enforcement, drawing on over 30 years of customs and strategic trade control experience. He used his knowledge of cyber investigative and forensics techniques to partner with the FBI on a targeted outreach program focused on export control-related cybersecurity issues, significantly increasing awareness in the industry. His career included prosecuting precedent-setting cases, establishing the Regional Export Control Officer (ECO) position at the US Embassy in Singapore, coordinating successful interdictions of dangerous goods, and protecting the international supply chain through successful public/private cooperative efforts. Singapore was his second overseas tour, as he previously had served as the ECO in Moscow, Russia from 2004 to 2007. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Pearce was detailed to the FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he led a criminal intelligence team investigating the 9/11 attacks, as well as contributing to several high-profile counterterrorism cases.

In 2010, Mr. Pearce was awarded the Commerce Department Silver Medal for investigative excellence in the PPG Industries case, which uncovered a conspiracy to supply specialty coatings for an unauthorized nuclear end-use in Pakistan. The resulting $3.75 million in criminal and administrative fines represent one of the largest monetary penalties for export violations in the history of BIS. He also has been awarded the Commerce Department Gold Medal for his participation in protection operations for the Secretary of Commerce during his 2003 visits to Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan, and a Bronze Medal for his contributions to the Export Control Officer program.

Mr. Pearce holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.
Start: September 27 @ 8:30 am
End: September 29 @ 5:00 pm

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Venue

The Blackwell Inn, on the campus of The Ohio State University
2110 Tuttle Park Pl, OH 43215
Columbus, OH, USA
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Guest Room Reservation
*The cost of accommodation is not included in the seminar tuition.

A limited block of guest rooms at the venue hotel is reserved for seminar participants. Group rate ends August 26, 2022.
Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early to ensure availability.

Guest room rate: $161/night (+ tax) single/double
To book your room, call the hotel at +1 866-247-4003 and mention booking code ECTISEPT22, or use the guest room Booking Link.
Event details
Organizer :ECTI
Event type :Training Course
Attendance :Physical Event
Reference :ASDE-23629