James Kenneth Lockett

Vice President, Head of Trade Facilitation and Market Access
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen)

JAMES LOCKETT is Vice President of Global Government Affairs, responsible for Trade Facilitation and Market Access (TFMA) in the Public Affairs and Communications Department (PACD) of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.  James has over thirty years’ experience in international trade, business and regulatory law. His career has spanned work in government service, in private law firms, as well as in development assistance. He has practiced in Europe, North America and Asia, has assisted clients in Asia since 1985, and has lived in Asia since late 2005. Trained as an international lawyer, Mr. Lockett is an American but has lived outside of the U.S. for nearly twenty-five years. He worked from 1983 to 1997 in Brussels, Belgium where he was a partner in a major Wall Street international law firm, dealing with an international clientele in Asia, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. His clients have included governments, trade associations, and companies. From 1998 to 2005, he was based in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a senior lawyer in the General Counsel Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce on international trade law matters, including WTO dispute settlement, and NAFTA and domestic litigation. He then moved to Jakarta, Indonesia for nearly three years advising and training the Indonesian Ministry of Trade on WTO, ASEAN and other trade and investment issues, under USAID auspices. In 2008, he joined the Hanoi, Vietnam office of global law firm Baker & McKenzie, co-chairing the firm’s trade and customs practice in 14 offices in Asia-Pacific. In 2011, he returned to international development work with USAID where he continued his international legal and management practice by becoming Chief of Party with the ASEAN-U.S. Technical Assistance and Training Facility, working on technical assistance and capacity building at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2013, he moved to Shenzhen, China to take his present position as Global Head of Trade Facilitation and Market Access with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.  James was educated in both the U.S. and the UK, and holds degrees in political science and in law, and a Masters degree in International Law. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer in two Masters in trade law degree programs held in conjunction with the World Trade Institute, one being in Jakarta, Indonesia with the University Pelita Parapan, and the other being in Hanoi, Vietnam with the Foreign Trade University of Vietnam. He has recently been a visiting lecturer in the Law Faculty of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in the Masters of International Trade Law program at the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia. He also was a lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, where he taught EC trade law and policy. He has been a frequent conference speaker at legal and professional conferences since the mid-1980s, in more than 20 countries.  James is listed in the International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers, and Who's Who In International Trade Law, and has been listed annually in Who’s Who in the World since 1996. He has been awarded peer excellence awards for over two decades by publications such as Chambers and the International Financial Law Review. He has seasoned management experience also, having been managing partner of a law office in Brussels and leader of law firm practice groups and several major USAID projects, and now in managing Huawei's global market access and trade facilitation issues.