Our Story

As the international affiliate of San Diego Regional EDC, World Trade Center San Diego cultivates a pipeline of export-ready firms, maximizes foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities, and enhances San Diego’s connectivity to the markets that matter most.

Founding Partners

The City of San Diego

San Diego International Airport

Port of San Diego

1994

World Trade Center San Diego is founded by Port of San Diego, San Diego International Airport, and City of San Diego

2013

WTCSD - along with 30 regional partners - partners with the Brookings Institution to launch the "Global SD Export Plan"

2014

WTCSD remains strong under the leadership at San Diego State University

2015

EDC welcomes WTCSD as an official affiliate of the organization and launches 'Go Global San Diego,' an updated trade and investment plan in conjunction with the Brookings Institution; Through the new relationship, WTCSD and EDC share offices and resources to help maximize efforts to make the region more competitive for businesses

2015

WTCSD launches the Global Competitiveness Council, a group of San Diego senior-level business, academic, and government partners that oversee WTC's program of work

2017

WTCSD brings Mayor Faulconer on his first official trade mission as Mayor to Vancouver, Canada

2017

WTCSD leads Congressman Scott Peters and 30 other delegates on a trade mission to the U.K.

2017

WTCSD launches DiscoverSD.biz to streamline foreign delegation support

2018

WTCSD leads Congressman Scott Peters and 30 other delegates on a trade mission to Tokyo

2019

WTCSD leads fourth major trade mission to Frankfurt and Munich, Germany

The Global Competitiveness Council

The Global Competitiveness Council (GCC) is a group of senior business, academic, government, and civic partners that drives a comprehensive regional global engagement strategy and seeks to position San Diego as a thought leader on issues related to trade, investment, and competitiveness. The GCC advises on WTC San Diego programming; generates public support, financial resources, and coordination mechanisms for the broader initiative; and issues periodic trade and investment policy recommendations on behalf of the region.

Chair

Matt Cole
Cubic Transportation Systems

Vice Chair

Matt Andersen
U.S. Commercial Service

Mark Ballam
San Diego State University

Kim Becker
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Ken Behan
Systran Technologies

Kim Benson
Zenaida Global

Rupinder Bhathal
Kyocera

Dave Buss
Cubic Global Defense

Carla Cabrera
Hainan Airlines

Alessandra Capritto
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Randa Coniglio
Port of San Diego

Rick Cooper
MANTA Instruments

Mike Corbo
Mitsubishi Electric US

Peter Cowhey
UC San Diego

Audie De Castro
San Diego Consular Corps

Maritza Diaz
iTijuana

Debbie Espe
Retina World Congress

Jorge Goytortua
Cross Border Xpress

David Hester
Kyocera

Richard Howe
BioMed Realty

Jessica Hulton
British Airways

Kristina Kim
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Jennifer Landress
Biocom

Kathy Lynch
Illumina

Magda Marquet
Alma Life Sciences

Takeshi Mitsuishi
Japan Airlines

Luis Palacios
Cross Border Xpress

David Pasquini
UK Government Office

Jim Perkins
Procopio

Fabienne Perlov
San Diego Diplomacy Council

Bo Reed
Solar Turbines

Garry Ridge
WD-40 Company

Monique Rodriguez
Qualcomm

Kiana Sabet
Lufthansa

Rene Sanchez
TaylorMade

Jason Strohm
BD

Joel Sutherland
University of San Diego

Kerri Verbeke Kapich
San Diego Tourism Authority

David Weitz
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Barbara Wight
Taylor Guitars

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