The World Affairs Council of Orange County is proud to support:

10th Annual World Trade Week Forum

Pathways to Progress: The Road Ahead for International Trade


Diane Farrell

Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, International Trade Administration

Neil Sahota

Chief Executive Officer, ACSILabs Inc.

United Nations Advisor and Tech Coast Angel

Join the District Export Council for an evening filled with world-class keynote speakers, engaging panel discussions, and unparalleled business-to-business networking opportunities at the 10th Annual World Trade Week Forum event. This is your chance to connect with key trade organizations, international business groups, and extensive global resources available in Southern California.

This event is ideal for businesses eager to explore international markets or deepen existing global connections, this event promises valuable insights and opportunities for all attendees.

Date & Time:

Thursday, May 23, 2024

5:00 – 8:00 pm


Irvine Marriott Hotel

18000 Von Karman Ave.

Irvine, CA 92612


$75 per person

For questions about this event or to receive more information regarding our sponsorship opportunities, please contact Harvinder Mudahar at

Keynote Speaker Bios:

Diane Farrell

Diane Farrell is the Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, where she oversees policy, operations, and a $613 million budget at the International Trade Administration. Previously, she advised on Asia-related economic and trade issues and served as Executive Vice President at the U.S. India Business Council. Her experience includes a term on the U.S. EXIM Bank board, focusing on transactions and policy for India and Southeast Asia, and as the First Selectwoman of Westport, Connecticut, managing infrastructure projects and maintaining the town’s AAA bond rating. Farrell holds a BA in American government from Wheaton College, Massachusetts, and has received the Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Executive for her service.

Neil Sahota

Neil Sahota, UN AI Advisor and IBM Master Inventor, is a bestselling author of Own the A.I. Revolution, part-time UC Irvine Professor, and seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience. He collaborates with enterprises across various sectors to develop cutting-edge products and solutions fueled by emerging technologies. Neil also advises government bodies on workforce development, public service strategies, and policy formulation. His passion for social impact extends to volunteering with nonprofits like the Zero Abuse Project and Planet Home, where he contributes to preventing child sexual abuse and promoting sustainability among youth. A sought-after board member, management consultant, and keynote speaker, Neil drives initiatives like the UN’s AI for Good to foster success in diverse ecosystems.