Prior to his retirement, Maurice Kogon served as the director of the El Camino College Center for International Trade Development (CITD). He holds a BA and MA in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University and did Doctoral work in International Relations at American University. He has over 50 years of experience in the international business field as a U.S. Government official, business executive, educator and consultant. He has written, lectured and trained extensively on international trade and has developed numerous Web-based export tools used throughout the world, including his Exporting Basics guide and Export Readiness Assessment diagnostic. He has taught international business courses at Cal State University Northridge, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech. He has consulted for U.S. and international clients, including the Egyptian Government and the UN’s International Trade Centre in Geneva.
Maurice’s government career spanned over 33 years (1961-94) with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, where he held management positions in trade assistance and promotion, trade policy, and strategic planning and program evaluation. He is a past President of NASBITE International and helped spearhead and develop NASBITE’s Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential and exam, launched nationally in 2005. For the past several years, Maurice has also worked to strengthen international trade education in LA-area high schools as a Board member of International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and through the LA Chamber’s World Trade Week Education Committee.
After 52 years in federal and state-level trade assistance, Maurice is now mostly retired but stays somewhat active as an export workshop presenter and guest lecturer at local universities.