Philip de Leon is President of Trade Connections International and serves several clients as a consultant and strategic advisor. Mr. de Leon interacts with the U.S. and foreign governments, foreign embassies, trade organizations, companies an NGOs to seek out and develop business and collaboration opportunities. Mr. de Leon was the AGCO Staff Representative on the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) and served two consecutive terms as an executive board member of the Corporate Council on Africa. He also is a co-founder and Chairman of the U.S.-Tajikistan Business Council and co-founder of the U.S.-Kyrgyzstan Business Council. Mr. de Leon played an active role in articulating AGCO’s thinking on Food Security and the Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. de Leon has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Mr. de Leon most recently facilitated the launch of negotiations for agricultural pilot projects in the DRC after meeting with President Tshisekedi, supported AGCO's involvement with an Agro-Industrial Park in Mozambique and worked on poultry production in Uzbekistan and swine and fish production in Kazakhstan. Mr. de Leon was educated in France where he earned a law degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris as well as a graduate degree in Russian Language and Studies from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. In 1996 he earned a Master’s Degree (LLM) in International Law from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law. Mr. de Leon is based in Washington, D.C.

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