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Seminar Instructors & Panelists



JOHN R. BLACK is a Principal of BSG Consulting and has been involved in US export and trade control matters since 1984. He advises US and foreign companies, universities, law firms, research institutions, and governments on US export controls and has earned a reputation as one of the leading experts in the field. From 1984–88 he worked for the US Commerce Department, where he wrote the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and interpreted it for government and industry. He uses his comprehensive knowledge of the US rules that impact military and commercial companies to help his clients stay in compliance without missing legitimate business opportunities. He has been a featured speaker at hundreds of conferences around the world and has written numerous articles and several books on the subject.


SCOTT M. GEARITY is a Principal of BSG Consulting, bringing over a decade of consulting, training, and corporate export compliance program management experience to bear for his clients. Mr. Gearity has substantial experience in military, dual-use, and commercial export controls. His clients have ranged in size from small start-ups to some of the world’s largest companies, with a particular focus on the information technology, telecommunications, networking, and software industries. Mr. Gearity joined BSG from Microsoft Corporation, where he was based in Ireland and managed the company’s export compliance program for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Mr. Gearity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and economics from American University. He is a licensed US Customs Broker.




JAMES E. BARTLETT III, J.D., LL.M, LCB, is the author of Bartlett’s Annotated International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“BITAR”), Bartlett’s Annotated Foreign Trade Regulations (“BAFTR”), co-author of United States Export Controls (7th ed. 2018), editor of the Society of International Affairs Pocket ITAR, and editor of The Export/Import Daily Update newsletter (“The Daily Bugle”). Jim currently practices law in Washington, DC, and is a partner of the international trade advisory firm, Full Circle Compliance, BV, of Amsterdam and Washington, DC. Mr. Bartlett lectures at the University of Liverpool, the University LUISS law school, Rome, and the Netherlands MOD Defense Academy.  He is certified by the Ohio State Attorney General as outside export/import counsel for Ohio colleges and universities.  Jim was previously Assistant General Counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency; Senior Counsel--Export/Import Law, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Director of Global Trade Controls, Harris Corporation; and served as a U.S. Navy JAG officer, including assignment as Assistant Professor of Military Law at the U.S. Naval Academy.


MARY M. BERAN (invited) is the Associate Director of Research Integrity Assurance at Georgia Tech Research Corporation at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She has responsibility for the compliance teams and oversight of programs involving Export Controls, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) programs, Institutional Review Entity (IRE) for the review of Dual-Use Research of Concern (DURC), and is an Empowered Official for GIT.  Beran serves as a member of several committees including the Export Advisory Board.  Externally, she has served as a past Chair of the Association of University Export Control Officers (AUECO) where she has been actively involved in monitoring U.S. Export Control Reform.


ALLEN A. DIPALMA, MBA, is currently the Director of Office of Export Control Services at the University of Pittsburgh and is responsible for the export controls program for all campuses and schools.  He has been involved with export controls either as the Export Controls Official or Director of Export Controls Services since 2011.  He is currently a member of the Board for the Association for University Export Control Officers (AUECO) and has served or presented over the years for other organizations such as the Council on Government Relations (COGR) and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).


CHRISTOPHER M. HADAD is the Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University.  He received his B.S. degree from the University of Delaware in 1987 and completed his Ph.D. as a Hertz Foundation fellow under the guidance of Professor Kenneth B. Wiberg at Yale University.  After a NSF post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado (Boulder) with Professor Charles H. DePuy, he joined the faculty of The Ohio State University as an assistant professor of Chemistry in 1994.  In 2006, he was promoted to full professor, was the vice chair for undergraduate studies in Chemistry from 2006–2011, served the department as the interim chair in 2007, and then served as Associate Dean (2011–2014) and then Dean (2014–present) of the Natural and Mathematical Sciences division of the College of Arts and Sciences.


FELICE LAIRD has over twenty five years' experience helping companies comply with the US Export Administration and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Ms. Laird is a faculty member of the Export Compliance Training Institute which provides live and in-house training, web training, and e-learning solutions to the trade compliance community.  Ms. Laird is a recognized expert in encryption export controls and has helped both large and small firms navigate the complex restrictions on the export of cyber security technologies.  Ms. Laird is a member of the Presidents Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration. She has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in International Business from the American University.


JEANETTE MILLER (invited) is the Deputy Assistant Director for the Licensing Division at the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she manages, among other things, the portfolios for Iran and Weapons of Mass Destruction licensing.  Prior to joining OFAC in 2007, Jeanette served as a Special Assistant in the Executive Secretary’s Office at the Treasury Department.  Before joining the Treasury Department, Jeanette worked at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law as the Executive Director of the Arbitration Institute for Law and Practice.  She is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law and Arizona State University.  Jeanette plans to discuss licensing best practices as well as applicable general licenses and exemptions for higher education.


JENNIFER SAAK, Ph.D. (invited) is the Managing Director of Traliance, a firm she founded that provides export control services for research organizations in higher education and industry.  Dr. Saak has over 20 years of experience in export controls compliance and scientific research at Fortune 500 companies. She has provided compliance solutions to top U.S. research universities, leading academic medical centers, non-profit research organizations, and a variety of industrial companies. Her expertise is in export controls risk assessments, training, commodity and technology classifications, deemed exports, and compliance process improvements. Dr. Saak earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University. She is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with a focus on business process improvements.


EMILY SCHRIVER is Assistant General Counsel at The Ohio State University, Ohio’s flagship land-grant institution.  OSU is one of the largest public AAU research universities and its research expenditures top $980 million annually.  Emily provides counsel to the university’s Office of Research on all areas of research compliance, including today’s topic of export compliance and sponsored research.  Prior to joining the OSU legal staff, Emily was an associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP, in Washington, D.C., practicing in the firm’s government contracts and federal research group.  Emily graduated from The Ohio State University and the Northwestern University Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Tallman on The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


KEVIN J. WOLF is a partner in Akin Gump’s international trade practice. His experience encompasses the laws, regulations, policies, and international arrangements pertaining to national security, foreign policy, and other controls over the export, reexport and transfer of military, dual-use, and other commodities, technologies, software, and services to various destinations, end-uses, and end-users. His work focuses on the US regulations implementing these controls, including the EAR, the ITAR, OFAC sanctions, antiboycott regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and multilateral trade controls. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Wolf served for seven years (2010-2017) as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce, where he developed and implemented policies pertaining to Export Administration issues and provided overall direction to, and management of, BIS’s national security, nonproliferation, foreign policy, national defense, and strategic industrial resource functions.


JENNIFER “JEN” YUCEL joined the Ohio State University in 2004 and is currently the Director of the Office of Research Compliance as well as the University Research Integrity Officer. In this role, Jen facilitates research compliance activities across the university, specifically focusing on issues involving export controls, research misconduct, conflicts of interest, human gene transfer, human stem cell, and various other compliance areas. Born and raised in Southern California, Jen received her Ph.D. in Cellular Biology from the University of California, San Diego and completed her post-doctoral work at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in La Jolla, California.