We've assembled an advisory board that consists of some of the most recognized experts in trade compliance matters from around the world to ensure that our trade compliance training content is continuously updated and relevant so that you can keep moving global trade forward efficiently and compliantly.
A highly respected advisor and industry expert in U.S. export laws and regulations, Candace writes and develops much of Content Enablers’ trade compliance training content. She is also Managing Director of Goforth Trade Advisors LLC, where she advises her U.S. and non-U.S. clients on the strategic application of U.S. import and export laws and regulations. Candace previously spent 15 years at the U.S. Department of State, advancing through the organization to become the Director for Defense Trade Controls Policy. During her government tenure, she held positions in all areas of licensing, compliance, and policy for defense trade. A graduate of the George Washington University, Candace holds a master’s degree in security policy studies, with concentrations in international security policy, transnational security, and political psychology.
David has more than 40 years of experience – 25 years as an Empowered Official – in aerospace and defense from leadership roles at Meggitt-USA, Inc., The Boeing Company, Litton Guidance & Control Systems, and Northrop Corporation. He has successfully ensured trade compliance in numerous companies across nearly 20 national jurisdictions, implemented a 12-part export trade compliance program in accordance with the Nunn-Wolfowitz Task Force Report, developed and implemented export management systems and export liaison programs, and trained more than 3,500 employees in a variety of export regulatory issues, as well as administered various contracts with the U.S. government for the Delta II RS-27A Rocket Engine Program and international customers for IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) products.
Ian is a specialist on issues related to export controls and sanctions. For Content Enabler’s his knowledge in these areas informs training content. An engineer by education, he has years of experience working in government and with companies and international organizations in relation to non-proliferation matters, and currently serves as Director of the European Non-Proliferation and Security Initiative at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). At King’s College London, Ian runs Project Alpha, a program focused on export control and sanctions issues. Prior to King’s College London, he worked with the UK Ministry of Defence, where he held several positions related to nuclear technology and non-proliferation matters. Ian is currently pursuing a PhD in war studies at King’s College London and holds a master’s degree in nuclear science and technology from the University of Manchester and a master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Newcastle.
Ann has developed content for numerous Content Enablers courses and provides expert guidance on course offerings, content, training objectives, learning tracks, and trade compliance best practices. She is the president of Circinus, Ltd., a company that specializes in import and export compliance consulting. Ann has nearly 30 years of experience in trade compliance and international trade issues with Circinus and in her previous positions with manufacturing companies. She is also a licensed U.S. customs broker and maintains the designation of Certified Customs Specialist from the Educational Institute of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). In addition, Ann is a past president of the Minnesota World Trade Association (now the Midwest Global Trade Association or MGTA), a charter member of the Twin Cities Import/Export Council, and a member of the MGTA, the NCBFAA, and the International Compliance Professionals Association. She earned a Master of International Management degree from the University of St. Thomas and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota.
As a trusted advisor in regulatory compliance, Gaston has hands-on working knowledge in compliance and regulatory environments, having served as an export controls senior advisor at TNT Express, an executive director in the Chilean Express Association, and as a professor of international trade at Bernardo O’Higgins University. His international trade expertise is focused in compliance assessment and program development in the areas of governance and ethics, international trade, and cross-border e-commerce. Gaston is a frequent conference speaker on international trade compliance and supply chain security, and a contributor to WorldECR magazine. He manages Content Enablers content for Latin America and Central America.
Mark has developed and implemented compliance plans worldwide. His expertise in international law is broadly grounded in transactional and structural matters in international settings, including extensive and successful international negotiation, and working within multiple languages and cultures. Areas of concentration and experience include China, Japan, and Europe, in the fields of intellectual property, general corporate law, joint ventures, distribution systems, antibribery and antiboycott compliance, and import/export matters. He oversees and contributes content to Content Enablers on FCPA regulations, antibribery and antiboycott compliance issues. Mark has taught multiple courses on international law for William Mitchell College of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law, and the graduate schools of the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s University. He speaks and reads German and French, has negotiated in Japanese, and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian. Mark earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.
Chris brings his experience from the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) where he was a senior advisor with responsibilities for revising, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for Export Control Reform, commodity jurisdiction reviews, providing advisory opinion responses, and assisting the FBI on government national security investigations into export control violations. For Content Enablers, Chris contributes content for ITAR training modules. Additionally, he brings his experience from legal practice at major law firms and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as a defense industry analyst with Jane's Information Group and reporter for Jane's Defence Weekly. He earned a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and a B.A. in International Politics from George Washington University.
Takano-san is an experienced international trade professional with nearly 40 years of industry experience working at one of Japan’s largest general trading firms, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., in various locations, including Seoul, Tokyo, and San Francisco. For the first 28 years of his tenure at Mitsui, Takano-san focused specifically on sales and handling inorganic chemicals for import, export, and offshore management of overseas subsidiaries. The following 10 years, he has led the export control department of Mitsui and has been responsible for developing and implementing a technology-based export control system for its overseas office, as well as improving the system in Japan. As a key member of the Center for Information on Security Trade Control (CISTEC), Takano-san is active in various subcommittees, cooperates with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in new brokering controls, and has been involved publishing numerous guidance books for the management of overseas subsidiaries for the ICP subcommittee. His expert literacy in IT is one of the reasons he founded Japan Export Control Lab – to provide smaller enterprise companies with the technological tools and infrastructure to ensure trade compliance. Takano-san holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Tokyo.
Jay has worked in global trade controls and compliance for close to 15 years, specifically focused on the aviation, telecommunications, automotive, chemical, and industrial equipment sectors. He is an expert in global export control classification and licensing determinations, export license application processes, and internal control program and procedure development. For Content Enablers, he contributes trade compliance content to country-specific (Asia Pacific, Russia and Central Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe) modules. He is a frequent guest instructor with the Export Compliance Training Institute and a regular speaker/presenter at international export control conferences. Jay also serves on the editorial board of WorldECR and contributes content on global and Asia-Pacific export control topics. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and a Master of Arts degree in international security studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He has lived and worked in Beijing, China and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
Ryan is a global trade compliance expert with a wide-ranging background in the implementation of strategic trade controls for government and industry throughout the world. He is well versed in international export control lists and has unique experience classifying goods and technologies in numerous jurisdictions, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and India. As part of the Export Compliance Training Institute (ECTI) faculty, Ryan has conducted numerous webinars dedicated to India and Israel’s strategic trade control systems. He has published and presented on various international export control systems and is a regular contributor to The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions (WorldECR). He also previously served as an instructor at the U.S. State Department-supported Export Control Academy in Athens, GA. Ryan holds an M.A. in Security and Intelligence Studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and a B.S. in Communications from Ohio University.
Andrea is the Senior Research Associate amd Editor-in-Chief of the Strategic Trade Review for Project Alpha, at the Centre for Science and Security Studies, in the Department of War Studies at King's College in London. Her areas of expertise include: strategic trade controls, export controls, nonproliferation, nuclear law, CBRN risk management, capacity-building and international outreach in export controls, teaching and training, editing and publishing, uranium/UOC mining/transport management and regulation, nuclear security, radioactive source management and regulation, EU export control legislation/reform, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Commerce Control List, international/regional/national strategic trade systems, legal review.