Photograph of Kate Clemans

Government Experience

  • New Zealand—External Intelligence Bureau, Prime Minister’s Department
  • New Zealand—Department of Trade and Industry
  • New Zealand—Economic Counselor and Head, Trade Policy Division, Embassy of New Zealand
  • New Zealand—Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


  • Victoria University of Wellington, B.S., First Class Honors


  • French (Intermediate)
  • Malay (Intermediate)
Kate Clemans, C&M International President Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2691
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Kate Clemans is president of C&M International and joined as a director in January 1993, after serving more than five years as head of the Trade Policy Division of the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, D.C. Drawing on her perspective as a former foreign government official, she concentrates in U.S. relations with countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms. Clemans has particular experience in multilateral trade negotiations, bilateral market access issues, regulatory affairs, trade remedies and safeguards issues. Her background as a trained scientist offers a unique perspective on health care and regulatory issues as they affect trade policy. As a New Zealand official, Ms. Clemans played a key role in representing private sector commercial interests before the U.S. Administration and in the Uruguay Round negotiations. In addition, she is recognized as the leading private sector advisor in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, where she has launched multiple industry initiatives.

Before coming to Washington, Ms. Clemans was deputy director for Asia in the Trade Policy Division of the New Zealand Department of Trade and Industry, where she took a lead role in the development and negotiation of bilateral access agreements with countries in Asia. Previously, she served as an analyst in the prime minister's department, where her responsibilities included international financial and economic issues. Ms. Clemans has an extensive range of high-level contacts throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms. Clemans serves as advisor to the co-chairs of the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum and on the Advisory Board for the Economist Intelligence Unit Healthcare in Asia series. In 2002 she was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth the Second for her services to international trade.

Ms. Clemans obtained a bachelor of science degree with First Class Honors from Victoria University of Wellington where she taught for five years. Research sabbaticals included studies at the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia.


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