Abel Torres joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in February 2020 as a Senior Director in the Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC), which seeks to align trade, regulatory, and competition policy in support of open and competitive markets. In this role, he leads the Project Security workstream for the International Division and coordinates the GRC’s activities on a range of issues, including better regulation, regulatory cooperation, digital economy, and standards.
Before joining the Chamber, Abel worked at UL as their Global Principal Policy Advisor for Connected Technologies. While at UL, Abel was a member of the IT Sector Coordinating Council, and the Chamber’s Cyber Leadership Council. He also worked directly with several multilateral forums, such as APEC, OECD and the WHO on issues related cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and health information technology.
Prior to UL, Abel spent 10 years in the U.S. Government in a variety of policy, regulatory, and legislative roles. Most notably, Abel served as a Political Appointee in the Administration of President George W. Bush at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Abel holds a M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in Finance, a M.S. from Georgetown University in biotechnology and a B.A. from St. Mary’s University in biology. Abel currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Ekaterina, and his five-year-old son, Aby.