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Philip de Leon

President, Trade Connections International, LLC, Washington

Philip H. de Leon, President of Trade Connections International, LLC ( is a Washington, DC based international trade & business development consultant who assists companies work abroad and foreign companies work in the United States. Mr. de Leon elaborates business, marketing, project management and public relations strategies, seeks financing for projects, and gathers critical information for his clients.
Mr. de Leon spent ten years with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States (BISNIS) in Washington, DC rising to the position of Director. BISNIS was part of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and served as the U.S. Government’s primary market information center for U.S. companies exploring export and investment opportunities in Russia and Eurasia. Since its opening in 1992, BISNIS facilitated more than $4.5 billion worth of U.S. exports and overseas investments.
Mr. de Leon is a regular speaker at conferences and a contributor to finance publications, writing on business opportunities and on attracting export financing for Eurasian transactions. His recent contributions on Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine were for Global Trade Review ( and Trade Finance Magazine (
Mr. de Leon was educated in France where he earned a law degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris as well as a graduate degree in Russian Language and Studies from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. In 1996 he earned a Master’s Degree (LLM) in International Law from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law.
Mr. de Leon has traveled extensively to Russia and Central Asia since 1983. In 2004, he organized conferences in Moscow and St. Petersburg on doing business in Russia’s regions; in 2005 he ran conferences in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan on doing business in Central Asia. For this work, he was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Bronze Award for Superior Federal Service in 2005. Most recently, the events he worked on focused on Afghanistan and Ukraine.
Mr. de Leon is fluent in English, French and Russian and is conversant in Spanish.
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