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William E. Craft, Jr.
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Term of Appointment: 04/11/2010 to present

Bill Craft currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Programs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In this capacity he directs and oversees the Bureau’s deep involvement in negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreements. He also supervises four offices, which are responsible for all trade issues including multilateral and bilateral trade, agriculture and biotechnology issues, and protection of intellectual property.

He has been an active member of the team that developed and is now implementing the President’s initiative to fight global hunger. In October 2013, he was officially named the bureau’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, a position he held in an acting capacity beginning December 2012. From October 2013 to February 2014, Mr. Craft served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs. During this time, he was responsible for global economic engagement and negotiations.Mr. Craft had been the Director of the Office of Multilateral Trade at the State Department from 2002 to 2009. In that capacity, he was the lead officer for all issues related to the World Trade Organization (WTO), including negotiation of the Doha Development Agenda and countries in the WTO accession process. Mr. Craft played a critical role in the negotiation of the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade talks under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and he was directly involved in negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He is an active participant on the trade-related aspects of the OECD, regional groups including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, and in many bilateral free trade area negotiations. Mr. Craft is also involved in the trade-related aspects of the G8 and G20 Summit processes.

From 2001 to 2002 he was the director of the Department's office responsible for bilateral telecommunications and internet policy. Before converting to the civil service, Mr. Craft's Foreign Service assignments included Rome; desk officer for Haiti and Dominican Republic; and East Asian Economic Policy.

Mr. Craft has received a number of the State Department's highest awards including the Secretary's Award for Public Diplomacy, the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his work on the WTO's Doha Development Agenda, and for his role at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

Education: Colby College, Maine, B.A. in Economics. American University, Washington DC, Masters in Public Administration. Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University (NDU), Washington DC, M.S..

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