Maurice Kogon, President of Kogon Trade Consulting and ITCI’s website manager, has over 53 years of experience in the international business field as a U.S. Government official, business executive, educator, and consultant. He has written, lectured and trained extensively on international trade and has developed numerous Web-based export tools now used throughout the world, including the Trade Information Database and hisExporting Basicsguide, Export Readiness Assessmentdiagnostic, Export FAQs, and Export Internet Search Wizard. He has taught international business courses at Cal State University Northridge, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech. Maurice has consulted for U.S. and international clients, including the Egyptian Government and the UN’s International Trade Centre in Geneva. He holds a BA and MA in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University. Maurice’s U.S. Government career spanned over 33 years (1961-94) with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, where he held management positions in trade assistance and promotion, trade policy, and strategic planning and program evaluation. As director of Commerce’s market research and trade information office in the early 1990s, he oversaw many of the export assistance services offered at U.S. Export Assistance Centers nationwide. In 1978, Maurice was selected to develop and manage the Worldwide Information & Trade System (WITS), the Commerce Department’s first real-time trade information system. Maurice retired from Commerce in 1994 to form his own company, Export Services, Inc. (ESI). As ESI President, he developed the National Export Offer Service (NEOS), an early online directory of U.S exporters and export products. Maurice served from 2001 to 2012 as Director of the El Camino College Center for International Trade Development (CITD) in Torrance, California. After retiring from the CITD in 2012, he founded Kogon Trade Consulting, was appointed to the District Export Council of Southern California, guest-lectures at local universities, maintains the ITCI website, and donates time to counsel and train new exporters. Maurice is a past President of NASBITE (2008-09), served for many years as a NASBITE Board member, and helped to develop NASBITE’s Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential and exam. He was honored in 2013 as the recipient of NASBITE’s John Otis Lifetime Achievement Award.