Maurice Kogon

Maurice Kogon was appointed Director of the Center for International Trade Development (CITD) at El Camino College in August 2001. He has over 40 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 his Export Readiness Assessment System, Export Readiness Aids, and Exporting Basics guide. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in International Marketing Management at George Washington University and Virginia Tech, and has consulted for U.S. and international clients including the Egyptian Government and the UN's International Trade Centre in Geneva.

Mr. Kogon's government career spanned over 33 years with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, where he held senior management positions in trade assistance and promotion, trade policy, strategic planning and program evaluation. As director of Commerce's market research and trade information office, he oversaw many of the export assistance services offered at U.S. Export Assistance Centers nationwide.

In 1994, Mr. Kogon left Commerce to set up and direct an International Trade Assistance Center at the Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. In 1999, he joined Trade Compass in Washington, DC, as Senior Adviser for Training and Education, where he managed the development of Trade Compass' Internet-based tools for corporate and academic training.
Mr. Kogon holds a BA and MA in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University and did Doctoral work in International Relations at American University.

Charles E. Lowe
Manager, CMTAC

Charles Lowe earned his B.A. in Latin American Studies and Economics at the University of Arizona, and he received a Masters degree in International Management at Thunder-bird University. His professional experience spans 25 years. He has held senior management positions with Purex Corp. and Overseas Operations. In 1983, he founded Carlo International which exports computer products. He is currently president and founder of Intec, which deals in computers, electronics, telecommunications. Charles Lowe is an expert on the Latin American market. Mr. Lowe is past president, board member and seminar committee chairman of the Export Managers Association. In addition, he is past vice president, board director and seminar committee chairman of the American Graduate School of International Business.