Breakfast Briefing with Emma Wade-Smith OBE, HM Trade Commissioner for North America & Consul General New York
Author WIG Date 11 May 2022
A recording of the WIG Breakfast Briefing with Emma Wade-Smith OBE, HM Trade Commissioner for North America & Consul General New York
We were delighted to welcome Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America and HM Consul General New York, for this exclusive Breakfast Briefing.
Join us online for your opportunity to hear directly from Emma on her priorities across both roles, and discuss cross-sector opportunities arising from proposed trade deals with the USA, Canada and wider CPTPP.
Speakers at the Event
Emma Wade-Smith OBE has been Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America and HM Consul General New York since November 2021. Prior to this appointment, she spent nearly six years leading the UK Government’s pan-African regional trade and investment team, as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa.
Before moving into the world of trade and investment, Emma worked at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. as the UK’s Counsellor for Foreign and Security Policy. This came on the back of a two year stint (2009-2011) heading up the UK Government’s International Crisis Response Team. She was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for her work helping British Nationals to safety from hot spots all around the world. Emma has had a distinguished career as a British Diplomat spanning more than two decades, with postings to Mexico and Chile as well as secondments to the United Nations in New York; the European Commission in Brussels; and the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where she worked on international trade. Emma is married to John; speaks reasonably fluent Spanish; is a Seahawks fan; and attempts to play golf every once in a while.