Dr. David E Lewis is an International Trade Consultant with 30 years of experience in economic policy and business development in the Caribbean and Latin American public and private sectors and international organizations. Since 2000 he is Vice President of Manchester Trade Ltd., an international trade and business advisory firm in Washington, DC. His previous experience includes posts as Deputy Executive Director of Caribbean/Latin American Action in Washington; Director of the OECS Caribbean Policy Project, based in Antigua; and Assistant Secretary of State for Caribbean Development of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He is a past Trustee Member of the Board of Caribbean-Central American Action (www.c-caa.org) and a Senior Associate of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (www.csis.org). During these decades he has lived/worked extensively throughout the Caribbean and Central America.
His areas of expertise cover trade and investment promotion and development, international business relations, services, and manufacturing sectors, and renewable fuels/ethanol development and promotion. At Manchester Trade he leads the firms’ client business in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on trade and investment initiatives. He represents government and business client interests in free-trade negotiations in the Caribbean and Latin America, WTO, and multilateral trade and export initiatives. From 2001-2007 he led Manchester Trade’s advisory services for the Government of the Dominican Republic’s negotiation and implementation of CAFTADR with the US, as well as the Government of Nicaragua, the textile industry of Guatemala, the tobacco industry of the Caribbean & Central America, and the Government of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Lewis has also worked on export-development initiatives for African governments and businesses, including export-development strategies and trade-policy advice. He also co-ordinates Manchester Trade’s energy practice focused on renewable fuels/ethanol practice and LNG with clients in the US, Caribbean, Central/South America, and Africa.
He manages the firm’s Cuba Bureau Program focused on advancing business, trade, and investment opportunities in/with Cuba for clients from the US, Latin America, and Caribbean markets. He has worked in/on Cuba since 1988. He also is responsible for the firm’s work on TPP, TTIP, and TiSA trade negotiations and their implications for countries and companies in the Americas.
He leads the firm’s business portfolio work for clients on the NAFTA 2.0 Negotiations leading to the new USMCA-US Mexico Canada Agreement, and on US-Latin America trade and investment agreements covering agriculture, textile/apparel, manufacturing, energy, services, IPR-pharma, market access, and other related issues.
Dr. Lewis is a regular commentator on international trade on CNNEspañol’s “Economia y Finanzas” daily program, and e-publishes the periodical “Manchester Trade Updates”, covering trade, investment, agribusiness, tourism, IT/telecoms, and political development issues in Africa and the Americas.
He has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business, Brandeis University, and the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He is married to Maritza Garcia of Nicaragua and they have two (2) children, Linda and Danilo.