Renata holds a PhD in international trade law from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and the title of Doctor of Laws from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil). She has an extensive and proven record of successful engagement at the World Trade Organization, and with bilateral trade negotiations and domestic trade policy market access. Renate is the founder of Women Inside Trade Association, a networking group that focuses on influencing and strengthening the international trade community as well as providing visibility to the work of excellence developed by women on international trade. She is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Trade, Investment and Development Program of the Washington College of Law, at American University, a guest lecturer in postgraduate courses in international trade and business in Brazil and a guest researcher at the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) at the University of Maastricht. She also holds the position of US Country Director at BMJ & Associates.