About Us

The United States government will serve as chair economy for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2023. In this capacity, it will set the themes and priorities for APEC and host numerous meetings for government officials in the United States. The meetings will focus on regional economic issues, including sustainability, digitalization, women’s economic empowerment, trade facilitation, energy security, food security, and health among others. Officials in attendance will range from working level experts to ministers and heads of state who will meet in the fall.

The National Center for APEC established the Private Sector Host Committee to leverage the U.S. chairmanship of APEC to:

  • serve as a platform to coordinate private sector support for the U.S. chairmanship of APEC.
  • advance U.S. private sector policy objectives through initiatives and events that create engagement opportunities with APEC officials.
  • highlight the importance of U.S. economic engagement in the Asia Pacific.
  • highlight contributions U.S. companies make to economic development and prosperity in the Asia Pacific.

Private Sector Host Committee Co-Chairs

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Mary T. Barra

Chair and Chief Executive Officer
General Motors
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Kevin Ali

Chief Executive Officer
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Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.

Executive Chairman

Private Sector Host Committee Member Companies

Meet the Team

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Monica Hardy Whaley
National Center for APEC
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Alex Parle
Executive Vice President
National Center for APEC
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Barbara Hazzard
Vice President of Operations
National Center for APEC
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Robert Modarelli III
CEO Summit Executive Producer
National Center for APEC
Sophia Verfaillie
Event & Sponsorship Manager
National Center for APEC
Alisa Tena
CEO Summit Sponsorship Manager
National Center for APEC