R.K Morris is the president and founder of the Global Business Dialogue (GBD), a 21st Century association for the Global Business Community. Launched in the spring of 2000, GBD welcomes members from businesses and business associations, governments and individuals throughout the world. Its mission is to make the views of the global business community more prominent in the trade and investment policy discussions that occur in Washington, Geneva, and elsewhere. From its first day, GBD has shared office space with Samuels International Associates, Inc. Further information about the Global Business Dialogue is available on the GBD websites, gbdinc.org and ttalk.biz.
Though an American citizen, Mr. Morris began his trade policy career in Washington in 1974 as a Commercial Officer in the Trade Policy Section of the British Embassy in Washington.
From 1980 to 1995, Mr. Morris was the Director and later Senior Policy Director for International Trade at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In that capacity, he was responsible for assisting NAM members in shaping the trade policy of the NAM during a period characterized by the completion of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, and the Uruguay Round; by several years of severe tension in the U.S.-Japan relationship; and by intermittent crises over the maintenance of normal trade with China. Also during his NAM years, Mr. Morris established the NAM Trade Forum. This was a regular seminar series, which he ran for 11 years. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Morris served as the Director for International Relations at AMP, Incorporated, then the largest producer of electrical and electronic connectors in the world, with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In April 1999, AMP was acquired by Tyco International. In December 1999, Mr. Morris organized a four-day conference, the Seattle Business Dialogue, which was held in tandem with the WTO Seattle Ministerial. The Global Business Dialogue has organized similar events at the subsequent WTO’s Ministerial in Doha, Cancun, and Hong Kong.
Mr. Morris is a native of Middletown, Connecticut. He served in a US Army Medical Unit in Vietnam, and is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.