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Wendy Cutler

Wendy Cutler

Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute


Free trade agreements
Asia Pacific trade
Regional integration

Wendy joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as vice president in November 2015. She also serves as the managing director of the Washington D.C. Office.

In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington — strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank — and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and investment, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia.

She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently she served as Acting Deputy US Trade Representative, working on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity she was responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan. She also was the chief negotiator to the US-Korea (Korus) Free Trade Agreement.

Wendy received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University.