Session 12 – Asian Opportunities & Collaborations
Date: 24 July (Friday) 12:20 – 13:50 (GMT+8)
Venue: 701EF, 7F, TaiNEX2 / Online event platform
Monica He oversees BIO’s international cooperation efforts in Asia, including Taiwan, Japan, S. Korea and ASEAN economies, and works closely with global government and industry stakeholders to support the development of next generation treatments and cures, and to promote the role of biotechnology in ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture. In this capacity, Ms. He is responsible for BIO’s public-private partnerships and actively supports policy dialogues aimed to promote growth of the innovative biomedical and life sciences industries in the Asian economies.
From 2012 to 2016, Ms. He was the Director for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), an agency of the Executive Office of the
President of the United States. While at USTR, she led the development and implementation of U.S. trade policy for China in the life sciences and healthcare industries, including biopharmaceuticals, medical technology, cosmetics, and healthcare services. Ms. He was responsible for organizing the plenary and high-level meetings of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) from 2012 to 2015, and led the U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) negotiations from 2015-2016. Prior to USTR, Ms. He served in the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 2010 to 2012. At USDA, Ms. He led the agricultural trade negotiations with Russia and Kazakhstan as part of their accession talks at the World Trade Organization. Ms. He was a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow from 2008-2010, and a Red Cross Presidential Intern for Disaster Operation Management in 2008. Ms. He has a BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University in New York.