Victoria A. Espinel

Victoria Espinel is a respected authority on the intersection of technology innovation, global markets and public policy. She leads strategic efforts that help shape the technology landscape in 60 countries through work in BSA’s 10 global offices.

Espinel also serves as the President of the BSA Foundation. is an independent and nonpartisan international research organization created to help policymakers and the broader public better understand the impact that software has on our lives, our economy, and our society.

Espinel served for a decade in the White House, for both Republican and Democratic Administrations as President Obama’s advisor on intellectual property and, before that, as the first ever chief US trade negotiator for intellectual property and innovation at USTR. She was also a professor of international trade and intellectual property at the George Mason School of Law.

Espinel is a founding and ongoing co-sponsor of Girls Who Code’s Washington, DC, summer immersion program, which empowers young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. She speaks before audiences around the world to build visibility for the amazing things people can do with software, and encourages businesses, governments, and the public to support a policy environment that will enable even more software breakthroughs.

Espinel chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Digital Economy and Society. She was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the principal advisory group for the US government on international trade. She holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD from Georgetown University Law School, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Follow her on Twitter: @victoriaespinel.


  • Forbes: January 11, 2017. Link
  • International Business Times: June 3, 2016. Link

Speeches and Testimony

  • Testimony: BSA Testimony Before Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on “Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States,” February 27, 2019. Written Testimony (PDF) | Video.
  • Remarks: White House Office American Innovation Event on Civic Tours of Duty. October 22, 2018.
  • Panelist: Washington International Trade Association: US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: What’s New in NAFTA 2.0? October 18, 2018. Video.
  • Panelist: The Atlantic Festival: Future of Work in the Age of AI: Rules of the Road for Responsible AI. October 2, 2018. Video.
  • Panelist: Politico AI Summit: The Future of Work in America. September 27, 2018. Video.
  • Panelist: The Atlantic’s Protecting Privacy: The Tech Industry Speaks. September 13, 2018. Video. Clip.
  • Panelist: FleishmanHillard “Artificial Intelligence & Communications: The Fads. The Fears. The Future.” July 16, 2018. Report.
  • Keynote Moderator: AI Summit: Investing in Innovation and Tomorrow's Workforce, July 10, 2018. Video.
  • Remarks: POLITICO London Playbook Breakfast with Matt Hancock, July 4, 2018. Video.
  • Keynote and Panelist: Business Day 2018, organized by The Economic Council of the CDU, Berlin, June 12, 2018. Link | Audio
  • Panelist: New Democrat Coalition Public Policy Conference, May 15, 2018. Video.
  • Panelist: Georgetown Women’s Forum 2018, May 3, 2018. Link.
  • Keynote: Washington Post: Artificial Intelligence Transformers, March 20, 2018. Video.
  • Speaker: SXSW 2018: Discussing Today’s Evolving Data Policy, March 11, 2018. Video.
  • Panelist: Center for Strategic & International Studies: US-Japan Cooperation on Global Standards for Emerging Technologies, from AI to 5G, February 13, 2018. Video.
  • Testimony; BSA Testimony Before Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet on “Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” December 12, 2017. Written Testimony (PDF) | Video
  • Keynote and panelist: European Transport Forum 2017: How can the data economy unlock the full potential of European Transport, October 17, 2017. Keynote Speech Part 1 | Keynote Speech Part 2Highlights Video
  • Testimony: BSA Testimony Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on “21st Century Trade Barriers: Protectionist Cross Border Data Flow Policies’ Impact on US Jobs,” October 12, 2017. Written Testimony (PDF) | Video
  • Panelist: Center for Strategic & International Studies: Cross-Border Data Flows and Digital Trade Post-TPP, April 6, 2017. Video.
  • Interview: Bloomberg Live TV: “Trump: First 100 Days,” March 9, 2017. Video (25:58).
  • Speaker: "Business Day of Innovations" organized by The Economic Council of the CDU, Berlin, February 15, 2017. Audio.
  • Panelist: Center for Strategic & International Studies: The Effect of Encryption on Lawful Access to Communications and Data, February 8, 2017. Audio.
  • Speaker: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: Press Conference – How well are companies prepared to withstand cyberattacks?, January 18, 2017. Video.
  • Panelist: Center for Strategic & International Studies: The Future of Global Trade, January 13, 2017. Video.
  • Remarks: Techonomy: New Rules I – Government Engagement, November 17, 2016. Video
  • Panelist: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils, November 14, 2016. Video
  • Keynote: Adobe Women in Diversity Luncheon, October 11, 2016. Video
  • Interview: Digital Festival 2016, June 21, 2016. Video
  • Remarks: Digital Festival 2016, June 21, 2016. Video
  • Bloomberg Radio: Discussion on Economic Impact Study, June 16, 2016. Audio (interview begins at 1:30)
  • Panelist: Software’s Economic Impact + The Drive for Talent. June 15, 2016. Video
  • Keynote: Americas Women in Business Law Awards, June 9, 2016.
  • Keynote: AICPA 2016 Spring Council Meeting, May 16, 2016. Video
  • Panelist: Milken Global Conference: Globalization: Path to Prosperity or Race to the Bottom? May 4, 2016. Video
  • Keynote: World Wildlife Fund 2015 Fuller Symposium, November 18, 2015. Video
  • Panelist: Techonomy: Catch Me If You Can, November 09, 2015. Video
  • Testimony: BSA Testimony Before House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on “International Data Flows: Promoting Digital Trade in the 21st Century,” November 03, 2015. Testimony (PDF) | Video
  • Testimony: BSA Testimony Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and Communications and Technology on the topic of “Examining the EU Safe Harbor Decision and Impacts for Transatlantic Data Flows,” November 03, 2015. Testimony (PDF) | Video
  • Panelist: World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda, October 27, 2015. Video
  • Testimony: BSA Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Committee on ECPA Reform, September 16, 2015. Written Remarks (PDF) | Video
  • Moderator: Data Across Borders: Treaties, Law Enforcement, and Digital Privacy in the Aftermath of Snowden, July 24, 2015. Audio | Video
  • C-SPAN Live: Discussion on Patent Reform Supporting Innovation, July 6, 2015. Video
  • Huffpo Live: World Economic Forum 2015: Live Updates from Davos, 'Enormous Changes' On Horizon For 'All Economic Sectors', January 21, 2015. Video
  • Keynote: Promoting Responsible Data Innovation, December 2, 2014. Transcript (PDF)
  • Keynote: International IP Enforcement Summit, London, June 11, 2014. Video
  • Keynote: The Future of Transatlantic Trade Conference, Paris, "Modernizing Trade Rules for the Digital Age," April 10, 2014. Text (PDF) | Video
  • Keynote: European Cloud Computing Conference, Brussels, "Restoring Confidence in the Global Cloud," April 9, 2014. Text (PDF) 

Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor

  • It’s Time to Prepare the Workforce of the Future (The Hill, May 7, 2018). Link
  • Cybersecurity Threats Defy National Borders, So Countries Should Collaborate, Not Clam Up (South China Morning Post, May 1, 2018). Link
  • Privacy Shield: A Strong Framework for Transatlantic Digital Trade (Euractiv, September 18, 2017). Link
  • There’s Only One Way NAFTA Can Work for the 21st Century (CNBC, May 25, 2017). Link
  • Beyond TPP: Building a U.S.-Japanese Digital Partnership (Morning Consult, April 14, 2017). Link
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Trade (Morning Consult, January 27, 2017). Link
  • A Path Forward for the Encryption Debate (The Hill, November 15, 2016). Link
  • Privacy Shield Attracts Strong Company Support (The Hill, August 1, 2016). Link
  • Judicial Redress Act Will Benefit All (The Hill, February 23, 2016). Link
  • Third Time’s the Charm: Questions for GOP Debate (The Hill, October 28, 2015). Link
  • The Data Innovation Revolution (The Washington Post, August 28, 2015). Link
  • The Climate of Patent Litigation is a Blight on Innovation (The Hill, July 27, 2015). Link
  • Closing the Gap (The Hill, July 15, 2015). Link
  • Three Letters That Spell a Better Economic Future (The Hill, June 9, 2015). Link
  • Keep the Data Flowing and the California Economy Growing (The Mercury News, April 30, 2015). Link


  • What Does the New US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Mean for the Digital World? (Marketplace Tech, October 3, 2018). Audio
  • Spotlight on Girls Who Code Classroom Summer Immersion Program (ABC7/News Channel 8 WJLA, August 2, 2018). Video
  • Communicators with Victoria Espinel and Nuala O'Connor (C-SPAN, July 24, 2018). Video
  • Ignoring Cloud Computing Would Be a Real Mistake for Indian Economy, Says BSA's Victoria Espinel (CNBC-TV18 India, June 20, 2018). Video
  • Future Of Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Decision Making (Bloomberg Markets AM, May 14, 2018). Audio
  • Tech Gears Up for NAFTA Revamp (Code & Conduit Podcast by Bloomberg BNA, May 8, 2017). Audio
  • Bloomberg Markets Trump: First 100 Days (Bloomberg Live TV, March 9, 2017). Video (Starts at 25:58)
  • The Impact of Today’s Data Revolution (Bloomberg Radio Market Minute, December 27, 2015), Audio
  • India is a Place of Enormous Promise: BSA CEO (NDTV Profit India, October 12, 2015). Video

Blogs and Social Media