Founder, Getting to Global Initiative
Mr. Josh Halpern 江宏, aka The VanBassador, 范儿大使 currently heads Omni-Channel International Strategic Partnerships for the ecommerce platform BigCommerce. Formerly he served as Chief Strategy Officer for the California International Trade Center (CITC) leading their digital trade strategy with a mission to aggregate cutting-edge industry tools, expert training facilitation and government resources to empower California businesses to sell online, overseas. Josh served as a U.S. Commercial Diplomat (Foreign Service Officer) leading the retail, franchise, logistics, luxury & cosmetics industry portfolios for the U.S. Embassy in China prior to being asked to return to Silicon Valley to launch the Obama Administration’s national eCommerce Innovation Lab for the U.S. Department of Commerce. During his tenure Josh leveraged private sector solutions to fast-track U.S. companies into overseas markets. His work inspired the creation of the Getting to Global Initiative. In his work as Founder and Chairman of Getting to Global (GtG), Josh led engagement with 26 Congressional leaders, White House, Trade Promotion Organizations and Governors’ Trade Offices to articulate the value GtG’s sponsors such as Facebook, Google, eBay, Pitney Bowes and USPS bring to U.S. SMEs and the economy at large. He speaks regularly at industry conferences and virtual events across the U.S. China LATAM and EU related to cross-border ecommerce optimization and has won U.S. State Department and Department of Commerce awards for his innovation in management and public-private ecommerce solutions.