Loren Hall is a Program Officer at CIPE working at the intersection of international trade and development. Hall’s primary responsibility is to identify, develop and manage the implementation of a trade facilitation program portfolio through the GATF. Among other projects, Hall manages an effort to modernize customs clearing agent licensing in Zambia. Rooted in public-private partnership, this project brings together stakeholders ranging from Zambian Customs, clearing agent associations, the Zambian National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) and others to craft and implement a set of targeted regulatory reforms aimed at modernizing and formalizing the clearing agent industry. To support these reforms, the project has developed an accreditation program that will be rolled out to over 700 clearing agents in the country.
Hall is scoping a project in Sri Lanka and also lends technical expertise to other GATF projects on topics including Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs, risk management systems, and advanced rulings systems and processes. As CIPE GATF’s lead for private sector engagement, Hall is responsible for garnering private sector technical in-kind project contributions through strategic engagement and relationship management.
Hall graduated as highly distinguished with a BS in Economics (module: International, Development & Transition Economics) and a minor in International Business from the Pennsylvania State University. Hall also holds an MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). In addition to his academic credentials in the field of trade, Hall holds professional certifications including the United States Customs and Border Protection’s Licensed Customs Broker (LCB) credential and the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America’s Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) credential. A native English speaker, Hall is also conversational in Brazilian Portuguese.
Prior to joining CIPE, Hall had a career in working in international trade and Global Value Chains (GVCs) for Multi-National Enterprises (MNEs). Specifically, Hall worked as a Strategic Sourcing Manager for Apple Inc. and a Global Trade Analyst for Target. With years of practical, corporate experience in international business and trade and experience in over 35 countries throughout South and Central America, South and Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, Hall brings a unique perspective and set of skills to the team.