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Kate Clemans

C&M International Strategic Advisor and Member, Board of Managers
Phone: +1 202.624.2691
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Kate Clemans is a member of the Board of Managers of C&M International and a strategic advisor, with special oversight for sovereign clients. Ms. Clemans was previously president of C&M International where she developed and/or had oversight for practice areas in corporate engagement with countries of the Asia Pacific region; U.S. trade and economic policies and regulation; partnerships for development, including in education; health and life sciences; agriculture and food; and global and regional trade and economic policies and regulation. She joined the company as a director in January 1993 after serving more than five years as head of the Trade Policy Division of the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Clemans has particular experience in multilateral trade negotiations, bilateral market access issues, regulatory affairs, trade remedies, and safeguards issues. As a New Zealand official, she played a key role in representing the government before the U.S. Administration and in the Uruguay Round negotiations.

Ms. Clemans has an extensive range of high-level contacts throughout the Asia-Pacific region. She is recognized as the leading private sector advisor in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, where she launched multiple industry initiatives.

Ms. Clemans serves as advisor to the co-chairs of the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum, on the Advisory Board of the Victoria University of Melbourne’s Institute for Strategic Economic Studies, as Honorary Co-Chair of the APEC Health Sciences Academy, and on the Advisory Board for the Economist Intelligence Unit Healthcare in Asia series. She also is on the Advisory Board of the Mansion on O Street Museum – honoring music, the arts, and the special contributions of veterans. In 2002 she was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth the Second for her services to international trade.

Ms. Clemans obtained a bachelor of science degree with First Class Honors from Victoria University of Wellington where she taught for five years. Research sabbaticals included studies at the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia.


  • Victoria University of Wellington, B.S., First Class Honors


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The Association of Women in International Trade Honors Kate Clemans with Business Legacy Award (Jun.26.2019)
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"This Month in International Trade - August 2016," International Trade Bulletin (September 8, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Aaron Marx, David (Dj) Wolff, Alexander H. Schaefer, Daniel Cannistra, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Kate Clemans, Patricia L. Wu, Ryan MacFarlane, Carlton Greene
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"Regulatory Forecast 2015: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (January 2015). Contributor.
Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast (Jan.13.2015)
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"This Month in International Trade - November 2014," International Trade Bulletin (December 4, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Kate Clemans, David (Dj) Wolff
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"Asia-Pacific Economies Endorse the Growth of Self-Regulation in the Region," Advertising & State AG Alert (September 18, 2014). Contacts: David (Dj) Wolff, Kate Clemans
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"International Trade Bulletin - Volume 1, Issue 13," International Trade Bulletin (September 6, 2006). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Alexander H. Schaefer, Donald E. Sovie, Kate Clemans
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