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Victoria A. Espinel

President and CEO

Victoria Espinel is a respected authority on the intersection of digital transformation, global markets, and public policy. She leads strategic efforts at BSA | The Software Alliance that help shape the technology landscape in more than 30 countries.

Espinel also serves as the President of Software.org: the BSA Foundation. Software.org is a 501 (c) (3) independent 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.

Prior to BSA, Espinel served for a decade in public service, for both Republican and Democratic Administrations. As President Obama’s advisor on intellectual property, she created a new office for intellectual property coordination at the White House. Before that, she established and led a new office at USTR as the first chief US trade negotiator for intellectual property and innovation. She was also a professor of international trade and intellectual property at the George Mason School of Law.

Espinel 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 is member of the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee, advising President Biden on enhancing US competitiveness and leadership in AI. Espinel serves on the Board of Directors for ChIPs, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing women in technology, law, and policy and is a founding sponsor of Girls Who Code’s Washington, DC program, a summer immersion program that empowers young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance and a former chair of the Digital Economy and Society. 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 Twitter: @victoriaespinel.

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Washington Business Journal C-Suite Award

DEC 05, 2019

International Business Times Profile

JUN 03, 2016

Speeches and Testimony

Panelist: Politico AI Summit: In AI We Trust?

SEP 18, 2019

Interview: Latinas in Tech Event at Splunk: Fireside Chat with Victoria Espinel

JUL 19, 2019

Panelist: GMF Brussels Forum 2019: Trade Disrupted

JUN 28, 2019

Panelist: Niejelow Rodin Global Digital Futures Forum: Can We Navigate Major Regulatory Transformations?

MAY 10, 2019

Opening Remarks: BSA Software Security Framework Launch Event

APR 30, 2019

Interview: From the White House to the Software Industry with Victoria Espinel

MAR 13, 2019

Keynote and panelist: All Jobs are Software Jobs: Preparing France’s Workforce for the Digital Economy

MAR 13, 2019

Keynote and panelist: All Jobs are Software Jobs: Preparing Germany’s Workforce for the Digital Economy

MAR 11, 2019

Testimony: BSA Testimony Before Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on “Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States”

FEB 27, 2019

Remarks: White House Office American Innovation Event on Civic Tours of Duty

OCT 22, 2018

Panelist: Washington International Trade Association: US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: What’s New in NAFTA 2.0?

OCT 18, 2018

Panelist: The Atlantic Festival: Future of Work in the Age of AI: Rules of the Road for Responsible AI

OCT 02, 2018

Panelist: Politico AI Summit: The Future of Work in America

SEP 27, 2018

Panelist: The Atlantic’s Protecting Privacy: The Tech Industry Speaks

SEP 13, 2018

Panelist: FleishmanHillard “Artificial Intelligence & Communications: The Fads. The Fears. The Future”

JUL 16, 2018

Keynote Moderator: AI Summit: Investing in Innovation and Tomorrow's Workforce

JUL 10, 2018

Remarks: POLITICO London Playbook Breakfast with Matt Hancock

JUL 04, 2018

Keynote and Panelist: Business Day 2018, organized by The Economic Council of the CDU, Berlin

JUN 12, 2018

Panelist: New Democrat Coalition Public Policy Conference

MAY 15, 2018

Panelist: Georgetown Women’s Forum 2018

MAY 03, 2018

Keynote: Washington Post: Artificial Intelligence Transformers

MAR 20, 2018

Speaker: SXSW 2018: Discussing Today’s Evolving Data Policy

MAR 11, 2018

Panelist: Center for Strategic & International Studies: US-Japan Cooperation on Global Standards for Emerging Technologies, from AI to 5G

FEB 13, 2018

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”

DEC 12, 2017

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”

OCT 12, 2017

Panelist: Center for Strategic & International Studies: Cross-Border Data Flows and Digital Trade Post-TPP

APR 06, 2017

Interview: Bloomberg Live TV: “Trump: First 100 Days”

MAR 09, 2017

Speaker: "Business Day of Innovations" organized by The Economic Council of the CDU, Berlin,

FEB 15, 2017

Panelist: Center for Strategic & International Studies: The Effect of Encryption on Lawful Access to Communications and Data

FEB 08, 2017

Speaker: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: Press Conference – How well are companies prepared to withstand cyberattacks?

JAN 08, 2017

Panelist: Center for Strategic & International Studies: The Future of Global Trade

JAN 13, 2017

Remarks: Techonomy: New Rules I – Government Engagement

NOV 17, 2016

Panelist: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils

NOV 14, 2016

Keynote: Adobe Women in Diversity Luncheon

OCT 11, 2016

Bloomberg Radio: Discussion on Economic Impact Study

JUN 16, 2016

Panelist: Software’s Economic Impact + The Drive for Talent

JUN 15, 2016

Keynote: Americas Women in Business Law Awards

JUN 09, 2016

Keynote: AICPA 2016 Spring Council Meeting

MAY 16, 2016

Panelist: Milken Global Conference: Globalization: Path to Prosperity or Race to the Bottom?

MAY 04, 2016

Keynote: World Wildlife Fund 2015 Fuller Symposium

NOV 18, 2015

Panelist: Techonomy: Catch Me If You Can

NOV 09, 2015

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”

NOV 03, 2015

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”

NOV 03, 2015

Panelist: World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda

OCT 27, 2015

Testimony: BSA Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Committee on ECPA Reform

SEP 16, 2015

Moderator: Data Across Borders: Treaties, Law Enforcement, and Digital Privacy in the Aftermath of Snowden

JUL 24, 2015

C-SPAN Live: Discussion on Patent Reform Supporting Innovation

JUL 06, 2015

Huffpo Live: World Economic Forum 2015: Live Updates from Davos, 'Enormous Changes' On Horizon For 'All Economic Sectors'

JAN 21, 2015

Keynote: Promoting Responsible Data Innovation

DEC 02, 2014

Keynote: International IP Enforcement Summit, London

JUN 11, 2014

Keynote: The Future of Transatlantic Trade Conference, Paris, "Modernizing Trade Rules for the Digital Age"

APR 10, 2014

Keynote: European Cloud Computing Conference, Brussels, "Restoring Confidence in the Global Cloud"

APR 09, 2014

Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor

What Will Change With The Japan-US Digital Trade Deal, That Will Take Effect Next Month? (MYNAVI News)

DEC 04, 2019

It’s Time to Prepare the Workforce of the Future (The Hill)

MAY 07, 2018

Cybersecurity Threats Defy National Borders, So Countries Should Collaborate, Not Clam Up (South China Morning Post)

MAY 01, 2018

Privacy Shield: A Strong Framework for Transatlantic Digital Trade (Euractiv)

SEP 18, 2017

There’s Only One Way NAFTA Can Work for the 21st Century (CNBC)

MAY 25, 2017

Beyond TPP: Building a U.S.-Japanese Digital Partnership (Morning Consult)

APR 14, 2017

Always Look on the Bright Side of Trade (Morning Consult)

JAN 27, 2017

A Path Forward for the Encryption Debate (The Hill)

NOV 15, 2016

Privacy Shield Attracts Strong Company Support (The Hill)

AUG 01, 2016

Judicial Redress Act Will Benefit All (The Hill)

FEB 23, 2016

Third Time’s the Charm: Questions for GOP Debate (The Hill)

OCT 28, 2015

The Data Innovation Revolution (The Washington Post)

AUG 28, 2015

The Climate of Patent Litigation is a Blight on Innovation (The Hill)

JUL 27, 2015

Closing the Gap (The Hill)

JUL 15, 2015

Three Letters That Spell a Better Economic Future (The Hill)

JUN 09, 2015

Keep the Data Flowing and the California Economy Growing (The Mercury News)

APR 30, 2015


Is AI A Privilege Reserved for Big Tech? (In AI We Trust?)

APR 07, 2022

BSA’s Victoria Espinel on Artificial Intelligence, Diversity, and Software Jobs (Bloomberg Businessweek)

OCT 21, 2019

Webinar: The IoT Factor (Fast Company)

JUN 07, 2019

One Year On, Can GDPR Go Global? (CNBC International)

MAY 22, 2019

Digital Trade with Victoria Espinel of BSA | The Software Alliance (CSIS Trade Guys Podcast)

APR 18, 2019

BSA’s Victoria Espinel on Artificial Intelligence (FCC Broadband Conversations Podcast)

MAR 20, 2019

What Does the New US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Mean for the Digital World? (Marketplace Tech)

OCT 03, 2018

Spotlight on Girls Who Code Classroom Summer Immersion Program (ABC7/News Channel 8 WJLA)

AUG 02, 2018

Communicators with Victoria Espinel and Nuala O'Connor (C-SPAN)

JUL 24, 2018

Ignoring Cloud Computing Would Be a Real Mistake for Indian Economy, Says BSA's Victoria Espinel (CNBC-TV18 India)

JUN 20, 2018

Future Of Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Decision Making (Bloomberg Markets AM)

MAY 14, 2018

Tech Gears Up for NAFTA Revamp (Code & Conduit Podcast by Bloomberg BNA)

MAY 08, 2017

Bloomberg Markets Trump: First 100 Days (Bloomberg Live TV)

MAR 09, 2017

The Impact of Today’s Data Revolution (Bloomberg Radio Market Minute)

DEC 27, 2015

India is a Place of Enormous Promise: BSA CEO (NDTV Profit India)

OCT 12, 2015