Daniel Sokol

D. Daniel Sokol is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  He is co-editor of the Global Competition Law and Economics book series (Stanford University Press) and of the Oxford Handbook of International Antitrust Economics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He also is editor of the Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog. His work has been published in law reviews and peer-reviewed publications and spans antitrust topics including: mergers, cartels, monopolization, institutional design, capacity building, government restraints and comparative and international antitrust issues.  Professor Sokol has provided technical assistance and capacity building to antitrust agencies and utilities regulators from around the world. He is also a non-governmental advisor International Competition Network for several working groups.

Marc Winerman

Mr. Winerman retired in 2012 after a thirty-two year career at the FTC.   He came to the Commission from the Antitrust Division and, at the Commission, he served in the Bureau of Consumer Protection, the General Counsel’s Office, the Office of Commissioner (and Chairman) William Kovacic, the Office of International Affairs, and the Office of Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen.  In addition to his work on competition, consumer protection, and administrative law matters, Mr. Winerman became the FTC’s unofficial historian.  In that capacity, he published numerous articles about FTC and antitrust history (several of them co-authored with William Kovacic), developed a history web page, and conducted several oral histories.

During the 2004-05 academic year, Mr. Winerman was the Victor H. Kramer Fellow at the University of Chicago; the Kramer Fellowship is awarded each year to a member of the FTC or Antitrust Division staff.   He also received the FTC’s Distinguished Service Award (2012), Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Outstanding Scholarship Award (2003), and Outstanding Service Award (1993), and he shared in team awards for his work on the US SAFEWEB Act, the FTC’s “do-not-call” rule, and an oil and gas report.  

Mr. Winerman graduated from Princeton (AB, history, cum laude), Yale (MA, history of science), and Harvard Law School (cum laude).  He serves on the Editorial Boards of the ABA Antitrust Law Journal and of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.

Dina Kallay

Dina Kallay is the Director for IP & Competition for Ericsson.  Prior to joining Ericsson, Ms. Kallay practiced antitrust law both in the public and private sector.  In the public sector Ms. Kallay  was counsel for Intellectual Property and International Antitrust at the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of International Affairs, where she was responsible for antitrust-intellectual property interface matters, as well as Asia-Pacific and Israeli competition matters. In the private sector, Ms. Kallay was an associate with the Washington DC office of Howrey LLP where her practice included international merger filings and antitrust litigation, and, before that, with the Tel Aviv office of Naschitz Brandes LLP, where she practiced both antitrust and intellectual property law.  Earlier in her career, Dr. Kallay served as a consultant for international antitrust to the Israel Antitrust Authority and clerked for a year with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) in Brussels.

Ms. Kallay’s holds an LL.B. magna cum laude and a B.A. in economics from Tel Aviv University, as well as an LL.M. in International Economic Law and an S.J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where her doctoral dissertation focused on economic analysis of antitrust/I.P. interface issues.  She is the author of The Law and Economics of Antitrust and Intellectual Property (Edward Elgar, 2004) and has written and spoken extensively on Antitrust/IP issues at various international fora.  Dr. Kallay also taught antitrust and intellectual property as an adjunct professor at both the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Alden Abbott

Alden F. Abbott is Director, Global Patent Law and Competition Strategy, for Blackberry.  He retired in April 2012 from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he was Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs (2009-2012).  Previously, Alden served in a number of senior government positions, including Director of Policy and Coordination, Bureau of Competition, FTC; Acting General Counsel, Department of Commerce; Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration; Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice (DOJ); and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, DOJ. 

Alden is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason Law School, a member of the Leadership of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, and a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network.  He has lectured on competition issues here and abroad and has published articles on antitrust, economic regulation, trade, and IP policy.  Alden speaks French, Spanish, and Italian and has a basic reading knowledge of Portuguese.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, holds an M.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.  Alden, who lives in McLean, Virginia, is married and has one son.  

Mario Alberto Umaña

Dr. Umaña is Senior Specialist Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC where he works since 2001, coordinating projects on foreign trade, export promotion, investment attraction, trade facilitation and competition policy. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a visiting professor at INCAE Business School in Central America. He has given lectures in international trade and competition in various countries, including Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Nicaragua, Honduras and  Costa Rica among other countries.

Before joining the IDB, Dr. Umaña worked as a faculty member of INCAE  Business School and the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development, contributing to the development of the Central American Agenda for the XXI century with professors Michael Porter and Jeffrey Sachs from Harvard University. He has also worked as an international consultant for various international organizations,  a legislative counsel,  and General Manager of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica.

Mario A. Umaña, has a doctorate in law (SJD) from Georgetown University, Washington DC, specializing in competition law and policy. He also has a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Common Law Studies with emphasis  in International Trade Law from the same school.