Global Intellectual Property Center

Staff

David Hirschmann, President and CEO

David Hirschmann, President and CEO

David Hirschmann serves as president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). The GIPC works to champion intellectual property (IP) as a vital engine of global development, growth, and human progress. He oversees the Center’s work in communicating the value of IP, building support for IP protection in the United States, growing alliances to promote IP in international markets, and improving enforcement.

Hirschmann also serves as president and CEO of the Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) where he leads the Chamber’s initiative dedicated to promoting a modern and effective regulatory structure that fosters robust and diverse sources of capital, investment, liquidity, and risk management for our nation’s job creators.

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Mark Elliot, Executive Vice President

Mark Elliot, Executive Vice President

Mark Elliot is executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). In this capacity, Elliot provides strategic leadership to GIPC’s comprehensive initiative to protect the intellectual property rights that are vital to creating jobs, growing the economy, and enhancing U.S. competitiveness.

Elliot joins GIPC after nine years at Pfizer Inc., where he most recently developed and implemented public affairs strategies across the developed world as senior director for International Public Affairs. Before moving to New York in 2009, Elliot, a native Australian, served on the Pfizer Australia and New Zealand leadership team and led the public affairs team. In this position, Elliot contributed to Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme Reform negotiations and implementation, Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and various other national initiatives that impacted Australia’s pharmaceutical industry.

Kelly Anderson, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

Kelly Anderson, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

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Kelly Anderson serves as senior manager of international intellectual property (IP) at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center. Concentrating on the Americas, Anderson works to advance intellectual property systems abroad and advocate for innovators rights internationally.

Kasie Brill, Senior Director of Brand Protection

Kasie Brill, Senior Director of Brand Protection

Staff PhotosKasie Brill is the senior director of brand protection at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and the Executive Director of the Global Brand Council. Kasie advocates for the protection of IP rights both online and in physical markets with a special focus on designing public policy solutions to combat counterfeit goods.

Jennifer Creel, Coordinator for Operations and International Intellectual Property

Jennifer Creel, Coordinator for Operations and International Intellectual Property

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Jennifer Creel is the Coordinator for Operations and International Intellectual Property (IP) for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Creel leads the team’s program operations on global events. She provides research support to advance the International IP team’s advocacy efforts across regions, specifically those in the Middle East.

Frank Cullen Jr., Executive Director of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy

Frank Cullen Jr., Executive Director of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy

Frank W. Cullen Jr. is executive director of U.S. intellectual property (IP) policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center. Cullen directs the center’s domestic programs in promoting and protecting IP rights in both the online and physical markets. He guides the efforts to advance IP enforcement and deter trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

Charles Danehey, Staff Assistant

Charles Danehey, Staff Assistant

Staff PhotosCharles Danehey is the Staff Assistant for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He serves as liaison between the Fundraising Department and GIPC and manages GIPC’s invoices. Charles fields various assignments from the domestic and International teams to forward both teams’ policy agendas.

Patrick Kilbride, Vice President of International Intellectual Property

Patrick Kilbride, Vice President of International Intellectual Property

Patrick Kilbride is vice president of international intellectual property for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There, he oversees the center’s multilateral and international programs promoting the protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights, managing a team of country and regional experts. Previously, Kilbride was Executive Director, Americas Strategic Policy Initiatives, and Executive Vice President, Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA), within the Chamber’s International Division.

Ashley Kennedy, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

Ashley Kennedy, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

Staff PhotosAshley M. Kennedy is senior manager of international intellectual property (IP) at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). She leads GIPC’s advocacy efforts in multilateral organizations, in addition to implementing special projects which advance IP policy in international trade agreements, global rule setting, and throughout Europe. Kennedy also serves as co-chair for the intellectual property working group of the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade (BCTT) as well as co-chair for the intellectual property section for Women in International Trade (WIIT).

Jared Parks, Senior Director of Advocacy and External Affairs

Jared Parks, Senior Director of Advocacy and External Affairs

Staff PhotosJared Parks is the senior director of advocacy and external affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). He is responsible for developing and implementing integrated strategies to promote the importance of intellectual property (IP) both at the state level and inside the Beltway. To this end, Parks engages third party advocacy groups, state and local chambers of commerce, grassroots organizations grasstops leaders, academics, and business/industry IP stakeholders to form strategic partnerships to raise the profile of IP and promote its importance to jobs, economic growth, and competiveness. He also ensures that these messages are heard on Capitol Hill and within the Administration.

Courtney Paul, Manager of Communications

Courtney Paul, Manager of Communications

Staff PhotosCourtney Paul is the associate manager of communications for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Courtney manages GIPC’s social and digital media platforms, creating and publishing relevant content in coordination with specific policy agenda.

Hemal Shah, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

Hemal Shah, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

SzymanskiEllen_176x264px Hemal Shah serves as senior manager for international intellectual property (IP) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). She leads GIPC’s advocacy efforts in strategic markets, including India, Brazil, and South Africa.

Previously, she led the U.S. Chamber U.S.-India Business Council’s advocacy efforts in transportation and logistics, trade facilitation, supply chain infrastructure, and smart cities policy. She also led the Council’s private sector efforts on the U.S.-India-Japan trilateral and explored synergies for similar partnerships with Israel and Taiwan.

Ellen Szymanski, Senior Director of International Intellectual Property

Ellen Szymanski, Senior Director of International Intellectual Property

Ellen Szymanski is senior director of international intellectual property for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Concentrating on China and the Americas, Szymanski’s work at GIPC is dedicated to advancing intellectual property systems to incentivize creations and breakthroughs that benefit the global consumer.