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Kristal Alley bio



Alley Global Advantage – Freelance consultant, writer and editor  (2009 – present)

Alley Global Advantage is a boutique consulting firm based in Paris, France.  Founded in 2009, Alley Global Advantage focuses on strategic communications, content development, geo-economic issues and trade remedy analysis. Examples of recent projects can be found here.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Permanent Representative, Brussels, Belgium & Special Advisor for International Affairs, Athens, Greece (2000 – 2009)

  • Permanent Representative, European Office, Brussels, Belgium: ♦ Opened and headed the U.S. Chamber’s first overseas branch office in Brussels, Belgium. ♦ Advised U.S. Chamber headquarters and corporate members on transatlantic policy issues, built lasting relationships with EU institutions and counterpart business organizations around Europe, and worked closely with affiliated American Chambers of Commerce operating in Europe.
  • Special Advisor for International Affairs, Athens, Greece: ♦ Spearheaded the U.S. Chamber’s European IPR campaign working with European institutions, business groups, academia and international organizations to help bolster the importance of IPR to increased innovation and the knowledge economy. ♦ Led the U.S. side of a transatlantic, EU Commission-funded grant project which focused on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy policies in Europe and the United States. ♦ Launched and managed the Eurasia Business Platform (EBP) initiative which provided the U.S. government and other relevant institutions with the strategic business outlook of U.S. Chamber members focused on Central Asia, the Caucasus and Turkey. 

 The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce – Executive Director, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1995-1999)

  • Managed all aspects of AmCham Malaysia’s operations including representation of foreign investors with Malaysian and U.S. government officials. ♦ Counselled American companies and advised AmCham Board of Governors on strategic issues affecting public image and future direction of the Chamber.

Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. – Government Relations Associate, Washington, DC (1993 – 1995)

  • Analyzed issues, trends, and legislation related to U.S. trade policy and the automobile industry. ♦ Formulated policy positions; and created and coordinated overall public affairs strategies particularly regarding U.S.-Japan trade negotiations.

U.S. Department of Commerce-International Trade Administration – International Trade Analyst. Washington, DC (1989 – 1993)

  • Analyzed and verified foreign governments’ countervailing duty subsidy programs and foreign companies’ financial records, costs, and pricing practices in both the U.S. and foreign markets. ♦ Investigated some of the USDOC’s most complex and politically sensitive countervailing duty cases, e.g., softwood lumber from Canada, steel from the UK and Spain, leather from Argentina, and CASE software from Singapore. ♦ Received the Bronze Medal Award for Superior Federal Service.


  • Ky. Voices: “Mexicans staying home as economy improves, reforms”, Op-Ed published in Lexington Herald Leader, February 3, 2013.
  • “In Greece, It’s the Culture, Stupid”, Op-Ed published in Real Clear World, November 15, 2012.
  • “G-20 and the Real Economy: Bridging the Divide”, September 2012.
  • Co-authored and edited “Transatlantic IPR Collaboration: An Explorative Analysis of Counterfeiting, Piracy, and IP Enforcement with Special Emphasis on Policy Approaches in the U.S. and EU”, June 2009.
  • Edited “Land Transport Options Between Europe and Asia: Commercial Feasibility Study”, July 2006.


  • OECD – APEC conference: “Removing Barriers to SME Access to International Markets”
  • Economist Conferences: “Coping with Change: Strategies for Success in a Globalized World”
  • BBC World Debate: EU Enlargement “The Business of Integration”
  • U.S. Department of State roundtable: “Protecting and Defending IP Around the World”


  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute (2014)


The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce (1988)

Master of Arts:              International Political Affairs

Minors:                         International Economics and International Law

The University of Kentucky (1987)

Bachelor of Arts: Political Science

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