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Robert D. Manogue
Director
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs
Term of Appointment: 07/14/2014 to present

Mr. Manogue is the Director of the Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, which is responsible for most bilateral trade issues for the Department, including free trade negotiations, regional trade preference programs (ATPA, AGOA, etc.), and bilateral economic dialogues. From August 2013 to July 2014, he served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Programs.

Before joining Bilateral Trade Affairs, Mr. Manogue served in the Economic Section in Embassy Bogota, where he worked on trade issues such as the free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia. He also served in the Economic Section of Embassy Lima, working on macroeconomic and money laundering issues.

From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Manogue was an action officer in the Economic and Energy Bureau working on trade issues related to Latin America. In that capacity, he participated in the negotiation of free trade agreements between the U.S. and Chile, Central America, Panama, Colombia and Peru. He also participated in the negotiation of the now dormant Free Trade Area of the Americas. Mr. Manogue has worked extensively with the U.S. Congress, helping to pass legislation that enhanced the unilateral trade preference programs CBI and ATPA. He also assisted in winning congressional approval of the Chile and Central American free trade agreements.

Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Manogue worked as an international economist at the Commerce Department. Before entering government service, he worked for Bankers Trust Company and the fashion company Perry Ellis, both in New York. Mr. Manogue holds a B.A. from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.

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