Global Policy Team

Global Policy Team

Public policy is global. BSA is global in its approach to public policy. Working with governments around the world and multilateral organizations, BSA's global public policy team advocates for innovation in the commercial software industry, strong intellectual property protection, patent reform, cyber security, reduction of trade barriers, and other emerging technology policy issues.

 

Craig Albright

Vice President, Legislative Strategy

Craig Albright leads BSA's engagement with the US Congress.

Prior to joining BSA, he spent four years as the World Bank Group's Special Representative for the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, managing relations with government officials, private sector executives, think tank academics, civil society leaders and other others. Before that, Albright spent more than 12 years in the US government. He served in the White House as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Legislative Affairs and Deputy Assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for Legislative Affairs. In Congress, his positions included Legislative Director and Chief of Staff for former Congressman Joe Knollenberg of Michigan and Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas.

Albright is a graduate of Michigan State University.

 

Aaron Cooper

Vice President, Strategic Policy Initiatives

Aaron Cooper serves as Vice President, Strategic Policy Initiatives with BSA | The Software Alliance. He provides advice on policy priorities for BSA and its members.

Prior to joining BSA, Cooper served as the Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law for Chairman Patrick Leahy on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Most recently, Cooper was of counsel at Covington and Burling, where he provided strategic counseling and policy advice on a range of intellectual property, communications, and privacy issues. Cooper has also served as Legal Counsel to Senator Paul Sarbanes.

Cooper is a graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt Law School. He clerked for Judge Gerald Tjoflat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

 

Thomas Boué

Director General, Policy — EMEA

Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. He leads on security and privacy issues as well as broader efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and to promote open markets, fair competition, and technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Boué served as a consultant in Weber Shandwick where he advised clients on a wide range of technology and ICT-related policy issues and represented them before the EU institutions and industry coalitions. In this role, he also served as policy and regulatory adviser for both EU and US telecom operators. Prior to that Boué worked for the EU office of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he was responsible for the lobbying activities towards the EU Institutions in the areas of trade, education, and labor, as well as for the organization and running of seminars on EU affairs for SMEs and business professionals.

Boué holds a Master of Business Administration from the Europa-Insitut (Saarbrücken, Germany), a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies (trilateral and trilingual Master’s degree in French, English, German and European Law, from the Universities of Warwick (UK), Saarland (Germany) and Lille II (France) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Lille II, France. He is based in BSA’s Brussels office.


Chris Hopfensperger

Senior Director, Global Policy

Chris Hopfensperger works with the BSA | The Software Alliance’s members to develop the BSA’s technology policy positions and articulate these positions to US and international policy makers. He advises members in such critical areas such as innovation, copyright protection, privacy, e-commerce, and cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Hopfensperger served as a technology and trade policy associate with K&L Gates, where he advised companies and industry associations on pursuing legislation and representing their issues before Congress and the federal agencies and in the courts. Previously, Hopfensperger worked as a newspaper journalist. He edited and wrote for several metropolitan dailies, including The Washington Post, The Sacramento Bee, and the St. Petersburg Times.

Hopfensperger holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska. He is based in BSA’s Washington, DC, office.

 

Leticia Lewis

Director, Policy

Leticia S. Lewis serves as Director, Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she works with members to develop BSA’s policy positions and articulate them to policy makers in the United States and abroad. The issues she works on include cloud computing, cybersecurity, market access, privacy, global trade policy, among others.

Prior to joining BSA, Lewis was the director of government relations in Latin America for BlackBerry. In this capacity, she helped develop and execute policy advocacy strategies targeted at removing market access barriers and facilitating the company’s operations in the region. She has also served as director of the U.S. Section of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Prior to relocating to the United States, Lewis studied in Vancouver, Canada, where she held an internship with the law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. Immediately after graduating from Law School, she worked as an attorney in the areas of corporate, tax, and intellectual property laws in Brazil.

Lewis was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a J.D. degree from Universidade Paulista. She also holds an LL.M. degree with a major in Intellectual Property Law from The George Washington University Law School. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. Leticia is a Brazilian and U.S. citizen. She is based in BSA’s Washington, DC office.

 

Boon Poh Mok

Director, Policy APAC

Boon Poh Mok serves as Director, Policy – APAC at BSA | The Software Alliance. Mok develops and implements BSA’s policy and government-outreach agenda in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, with a specific focus on southeast Asian countries and Australia. He covers issues such as cloud computing, cyber security, market access & digital trade, privacy, intellectual property rights, copyright, and software policy legislation, among others.

Before joining BSA, Mok led government outreach and legal work in APAC for Nokia Location & Commerce. Prior to that, he worked for the Singaporean government diplomatic service and was based in China leading the promotion of ICT business exchanges between China and Singapore.

Mok holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Warwick Business School, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from Loughborough University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Mok is bilingual and is based in Singapore.

 

Kenneth Propp

Director, Policy

Kenneth Propp works with the BSA | The Software Alliance’s members to develop and advocate for policy positions relating to international trade, data flows, privacy and security issues in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining BSA, Propp served as legal counselor to the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, where he led U.S. Government engagement on privacy law and policy and digital regulation, and advised on trade negotiations with the EU. He previously served as senior counsel in the Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State, where he specialized in international trade and investment, and law enforcement and intelligence matters.

Propp holds a law degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

 

Jared Ragland

Senior Director, Policy APAC

Jared Ragland serves as Senior Director, Policy — APAC at BSA | The Software Alliance. Working with BSA members, he develops BSA’s international strategies to open markets and promote innovation and digital trade in important foreign markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, among others.

Before joining BSA, Ragland served as the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Attaché in the Shanghai Consulate General.  Before that, he served as Director in the Office of Intellectual Property and Innovation in the Office of the US Trade Representative.  From September 2005 to November 2007, Ragland served as the Science Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to APEC in the State Department's Office of Economic Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Ragland received a Doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington in 2004, a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in East Asian Studies and Anthropology from the University of Arizona. He is based in BSA's Singapore office.

 

Emery Simon

Counselor

Emery Simon is Counselor to the BSA | The Software Alliance. He advises the BSA and its member companies on a broad range of domestic and international policy issues including intellectual property, technology policy, trade and security. The BSA’s members include the leading software and computer companies in the business of developing creative software solutions for the work-place, school, and home.

Previously, Simon was the Executive Director of the Alliance to Promote Software Innovation, and was the Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he was the principal US negotiator on intellectual property. Simon has also worked for the Congressional Budget Office, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Council on Environmental Quality, and Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler.

Simon has a law degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queens College. He is based in BSA’s Washington, DC, office.

 

Christian Troncoso

Director, Policy

Christian Troncoso is Director, Policy for BSA | The Software Alliance. He works with members to develop BSA policy on a range of legal, legislative, and regulatory issues, including copyright, cybersecurity and privacy.

Prior to joining BSA, he served as Senior Counsel for the Entertainment Software Association, where he advocated on behalf of video game publishers in the United States and before foreign governments.

Troncoso earned an LL.M. with a focus on intellectual property from The George Washington University, a J.D. from the University of Denver, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond.

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