Biden-Harris Officials, International Business Leaders to Headline EXIM 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, Sept. 21-23

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo among Government, Banking, and Business Leaders to Share Insights on Building America's Economy Back Together through Exports
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WASHINGTON - The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) today announced the initial line-up of speakers for EXIM's 2021 Virtual Annual Conference that will be held on September 21-23, 2021. This year's speakers feature key Biden-Harris Administration officials, including U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo. They are among the U.S. government, international organization, and banking and business leaders who will address EXIM's online annual conference that is expected to draw more than a thousand attendees from the United States and around the globe.

The focus of this year's conference is "Building Back Together." Speakers will share their insights on how trade, exports, and sound economic policy can help America's economy and communities across the country build back stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, September 21, Commerce Secretary Raimondo will participate in a conversation entitled "Expanding Global Opportunities for American Businesses" to be moderated by Greg Ip, Chief Economics Commentator for The Wall Street Journal. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Adeyemo will participate in a plenary session on Thursday, September 23.

Other top speakers include:

  • James Burrows, Acting EXIM President and Chairman
  • Jacob J. "Jack" Lew, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  • David Rubenstein, Co-founder and Co-chairman, The Carlyle Group
  • Tony O. Elumelu, Founder and Chairman, United Bank for Africa
  • Peter Harrell, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness, White House National Security Council
  • David Marchick, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • Karl Brutsaert, Vice President, Americas, First Solar
  • Philippe Delleville, Global Head, Siemens Gamesa Project and Development Finance Group
  • Nava Akkineni, Vice President for Emerging Markets, Nextracker
  • Michal Ron, Chief International Officer, SACE, and President, Berne Union  
  • David Drysdale, Head of Export Credits Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Elizabeth C. Economy, Senior Fellow, China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ambassador Catherine A. Novelli, Senior Advisor, Shearwater Global
  • John Onwualu, Managing Director, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • Camille Richardson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Middle East and Africa, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service
  • Liz Schrayer, President and CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

In addition to the plenary sessions, EXIM's 2021 Annual Conference will feature five "tracks" of breakout sessions for attendees to learn more about particular areas of interest: Small Business, Finance, Export-Credit Policy, Climate, and China Competition. EXIM will also offer a virtual "exhibit hall" of government (including EXIM specialists) and private-sector finance and trade representatives who will be available for one-on-one consultations with attendees.

For the first time this year, EXIM's Minority- and Women-Owned Business (MWOB) Division is hosting "B2B Virtual Matchmaking" sessions to align conference attendees with suitable partners, contacts, and resources in key foreign markets. Attendees may participate in strategically matched, pre-scheduled virtual meetings with potential buyers and distributors from around the world. 

Throughout the three-day conference, EXIM also will present awards for excellence in exporting and export finance to EXIM's customers and partners in the following categories: Exporter of the Year, Broker of the Year, New Broker of the Year, Regional Export Promotion Program Member of the Year, Lender of the Year, and Deal of the Year.

For more information and to register, please see EXIM's 2021 Annual Conference webpage.


The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the nation's official export credit agency with the mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports. To advance American competitiveness and assist U.S. businesses as they compete for global sales, EXIM offers financing including export credit insuranceworking capital guarantees, loan guarantees, and direct loans. As an independent federal agency, EXIM contributes to U.S. economic growth by supporting tens of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt. Learn more at