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Globalization is defining our lives - from what jobs are available here, to the standard of living for future generations, from the damage of the global financial crisis, to the safety of the food we bring into our home and the toys we give our children.

Over the past decade, Lori Wallach has helped create new public awareness about the myriad implications on all of our daily lives of globalization - the powerful phenomena defining our era.  She has also helped to create a vibrant debate in the U.S. Congress and among governments worldwide about how changing the current rules of the global economy could benefit many people here and abroad.

Described as “Ralph Nader with a sense of humor” in a Wall Street Journal profile, dubbed “the Trade Debate’s Guerrilla Warrior” in the National Journal, and “Madame Defarge of Seattle” by the Institute for International Economics, Wallach has testified on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)/World Trade Organization (WTO) and other trade issues before over 30 U.S. congressional committees, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, foreign parliaments and courts.

Wallach has served as a trade policy commentator on CNN, ABC, Fox, CNBC, Bloomberg-TV, C-Span, NPR, and PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer and Bill’s Moyer’s This Week.  She is the coauthor of Whose Trade Organization? A comprehensive Guide to the WTO (The New Press, 2004) and anthologies including Alternatives to Economic Globalization, released by the International Forum on Globalization.

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Expertise on the issues that matter


An internationally recognized expert on globalization and trade, Ms. Wallach’s expertise is helping audiences understand the current rules of the global economy and the documented outcomes of this system - translating seemingly impenetrable jargon.  Among the topics of her past speaking engagements:

  • Globalization 101: What Everyone Nees to Know - A guided tour - in plain English - of the rules and institutions of the global economy, how we got here, what are the measurable outcomes are and what alternatives have been raised.  The alphabet soup of WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, FTA, BIT, IMF, et al is translated into what it means for people's daily lives: jobs and wages, access to quality affordable services from education to health care to energy, the environmental implication of these rules, imported food and product safety trends, development in poor countries and more.
  • The Untold Story of Trade Agreements: Financial Deregulation - Even many financial regulatory experts were unaware that among the hundreds of pages of WTO binding international law were radical financial deregulation requirements.  Learn how U.S. and European financial firms pushed for these terms in the 1990s - locking in deregulation at home and exporting the model worldwide.  Now, as governments seek to reregulate banking, securities, derivatives, insurance, asset management, pension funds, and more, existing WTO rules pose conflicts.  Onion futures are the only derivatives the U.S. excluded from these rules.)  And, shockingly, the current WTO "Doha Round" negotiations continue with their pre-crisis agenda of more financial deregulation.  Long term financial stability will require changes to the system.
  • Today's Globalization Model Exacerbates the Climate Challenge - The current rules of the global economy promote the concentration of production in low wage economies.  A  recently-leaked UN report found that 7% of carbon emission was related to long distance trade-related shipping.  Meanwhile, trade pact agriculture rules incentivize intensive, industrial production over less environmentally impactful approaches.  Meanwhile, WTO procurement, service sector and other terms conflict with some of the key energy and other policies promoted to combat climate change.  Some argue that the cap and trade system itself is a WTO violation.
  • Public Interest Careers - Lori is constantly asked by young people how she came to do the works she loves.  This talk combines her personal story - and the many professional development lessons she learned along the way - with a review of the type of public interest jobs available and how to approach finding one.
  • The Obama Trade Policy/ Agenda - During his campaign, President Obama excited voters across the country with his commitments to create a new American trade agreement model that would create jobs and ensure important safety.  What has happened so far and what debates - from China trade to the fate of various NAFTA-style trade deals leftover form the Bush Administration - loom imminently.


    Making the Global Economy relevant and understandable for your Audience

    "Everyone was raving about how knowledgeable she is." Lauren Asplen, IUE-CWA

    Over the past two decades Ms. Wallach has spoken in front of audiences ranging from activists to ambassadors. Her appearances include:

    • World Economic Forum - Davos, Switzerland
    • International Forum on Globalization - San Francisco, CA
    • Detroit Economic Club - Detroit, MI
    • Numerous universities and colleges: American University, Berea College, Boston University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Oberlin College, New York University, Northeastern University, Smith College, Stanford University, Tufts University, University of California - Berkley, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wellesley College, and many more... 


    To book Lori Wallach for public appearances including but not limited to: conferences, student events, panel discussions, debates and forums.  Contact Melanie Foley to inquire about pricing and availability.

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