Myron Brilliant

Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, drives the global business strategy of the organization. He leads the largest international affairs team of any U.S. business association, representing the Chamber and its members before the U.S. government, foreign governments, and international business organizations. During his tenure as head of the international program, the Chamber has greatly expanded its global footprint with representatives in Beijing, Brasília, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, and Mexico City.

Brilliant’s responsibilities extend to management oversight of 14 bilateral business councils in countries as diverse as Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Colombia, Cuba, and the U.K. He has pioneered new high-level Chamber business strategic dialogues with business and government leaders in Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia. In addition, under his leadership, the Chamber has launched key regional programs such as the Israel Business Initiative and the Africa Business Center.

Over his career, Brilliant has directed and led a number of important advocacy campaigns for congressional passage of trade agreements including with Australia, Singapore, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, as well as legislation to establish a level playing field for U.S. companies in Russia and China.

Brilliant serves on the board of the Atlantic Council, the U.S. Council for International Business, and the Center for International Private Enterprise. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on United States-China Relations and serves as an economic development adviser to the governor of China’s Guangdong Province.

He is frequently quoted in the media on a broad range of issues relating to international business and trade policy and is a regular guest on CNBC, CNN, and other news programs. Previously, Brilliant was the Chamber’s vice president for Asia, where he significantly expanded the reach and impact of the organization’s Asia program. In January 2007, Washingtonian magazine dubbed Brilliant a key player in its “Who’s Who Guide” of influential leaders on U.S.-China economic policy.

Before joining the Chamber in 1994, Brilliant was an attorney with Stewart and Stewart in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and his B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland. He is married and has three children.



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The Hill Op-ed: More than ever, American business is committed to Africa

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 3:30pm
Myron Brilliant

Source: The Hill

From the pages of history books to the pages of newspapers, the centuries-old relationship between Africa and the United States doesn’t always make for easy reading. But mixed with that legacy are rich cultures, noble traditions, and people of remarkable potential that have shaped American society. Today, the vibrancy of the people of Africa continue to make a remarkable contribution to our country’s civic life and that of many other nations. 

Africa’s economic contributions cannot be overlooked either. American businesses see extraordinary potential in Africa’s markets and recognize the long-term strategic planning it will take to fully tap into that potential. To do so, Congress and the administration must take action to help U.S. companies compete in African markets.

Last year, the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center released policy recommendations outlining what’s needed to drive American exports to Africa. The recommendations urge the U.S. to seek new free trade agreements and modernize current customs practices. Our recommendations also call on Africa to listen to concerns about the ease of doing business on the continent. The U.S. Chamber knows expanding economic opportunity does not happen overnight. However, we also know that through active engagement with African leaders, U.S. companies will be better positioned to compete around the world and create new jobs in our country.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Hill.

Business Insider Op-ed: Now is not the time to rip up the US' trade deal with South Korea

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:15pm
Myron Brilliant

When South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrives in Washington this week for his first official visit as Head of State, he will provide President Trump an opportunity to energize relations with a vital Asian ally. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hopes the administration will seize this opportunity to ensure our trade ties fulfill their potential.

Our trading relationship reached a new stage five years ago when the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, or KORUS, went into effect. At the time, the treaty was hailed as one of the strongest trade deals the U.S. had ever negotiated. It opened new opportunities for U.S. exporters in a notoriously difficult market. It raised the bar on transparency and intellectual property protections. It addressed digital trade in groundbreaking ways. It also established a committee that allows either side to address any concerns about trade in areas covered by the agreement.



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