Tim Richards is managing director for International Energy Policy in the Washington, DC, office of the General Electric Company. He serves as chairman of the World Energy Council’s newly formed Task Force on Energy and Trade; co-chair of the Energy Services Coalition, and chairman of the Task Force on Trade of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Mr. Richards is also a private-sector member of the Asia Pacific Partnership’s Renewable and Distributed Generation Task Force, a member of the board of directors of the Corporate Council on Africa, and a member of the United States Trade Representative’s Advisory Council on Trade with Africa. Mr. Richards was the deputy assistant United States trade representative for Western Europe and the Middle East from July 1994 through January 1996. From August 1991 through July 1994, he served as the trade policy attaché at the United States Mission to the European Union in Brussels, and from 1988 to 1991, he acted as director for Information Industry Trade Policy at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Before joining USTR, Mr. Richards was employed as an international economist with the law firm of Dewey Ballantine. He is the co-author of Intellectual Property Rights: Global Conflict, Global Consensus? (Westview Press, 1988) and has written several articles on intellectual property rights and trade in high technology products. Mr. Richards holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree in economics and government (magna cum laude) from Bowdoin College. Timothy Richards is married and has two children.