Geza Feketekuty writes, lectures and consults on a wide range of trade policy topics, and provides customized training courses in the area of trade policy and international trade negotiations. He works closely with various international organizations such as the UNITAR and the World Bank in the development and delivery of training courses in trade policy management and negotiation.
In 1995 Mr. Feketekuty developed an innovative Masters Degree program in Trade and Commercial Diplomacy at the Monterey Institute for International Studies, designed to train practicing professionals for jobs related the trade policy and trade negotiations. Until 2000 he served as the Director of the Center for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy and until 2009 as a distinguished professor at the Institute. For a number of years he also served as the Academic Director of the Ron Brown Center for Politics and Commercial Diplomacy.
Mr. Feketekuty previously served with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for 21 years in various senior trade policy leadership positions. He played a central role in the conceptualization and development of U.S. trade policy and global trade negotiations over those two decades. Mr. Feketekuty played the key role in developing U.S. policy positions on a range of new trade issues, including trade in services, trade related aspects of competition policies, regulatory reform, environmental policies and labor standards. From 1992 to 1995 he served as the chairman of the OECD Trade Committee, which plays a key role in developing agreements among major developed countries on how to address new trade issues in multilateral negotiations.
From 1974 to 1979, Mr. Feketekuty coordinated U.S. participation in the Tokyo Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and from 1979 to 1985 he was responsible for planning and developing domestic and international agreement on the agenda for the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations. During the course of the Uruguay Round, he had a major role in shaping the negotiations on a number of topics, including trade in services, intellectual property, and agriculture. He is widely recognized as having played the key role in establishing policies and launching global negotiation on trade in services.
Earlier in his career he was with the Council of Economic Advisors as Senior Staff Economist for International Finance and Trade, and with the Office of Management and Budget as an economist and budget examiner. He has also been an Instructor in the Economics Department at Princeton University, a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
He has written numerous articles and books on trade policy issues. In 1988, he wrote a book entitled International Trade in Services: An Overview and Blueprint for Negotiations, published by Ballinger Publishers in cooperation with the American Enterprise Institute, and in 1993 the Group of Thirty published his monogram on The New Trade Agenda, which analyzes some of the likely post-Uruguay Round issues on the multilateral trade agenda.
A graduate of Columbia and Princeton Universities in Economics, Mr. Feketekuty also completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1981, he received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Service Award.