Sarah E. Kemp

Biography

Sarah E. Kemp

Sarah E. Kemp

Executive Director, Policy/Government Relations, Merck
Sarah E. Kemp is an Executive Director for Merck, a global biopharmaceutical company. In July 2019, Ms. Kemp joined Merck’s Policy, Communications and Population Health organization in the role of Executive Director, China Policy Strategy and Human Health Commercial International Strategic Policy Initiatives.  Before joining Merck, Ms. Kemp was the Deputy Under Secretary (DUS), the highest career position for the International Trade Administration (ITA) at the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  In this role, she oversaw ITA’s $485 million annual budget and 2,100 trade and investment professionals based in 108 U.S. cites and 76 markets around the world.  For over 27 years, Ms. Kemp has served in various positions with increasing responsibility at the U.S. Department of Commerce, including: Deputy Director General, Global Markets, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, from August 2017 to January 2018; Senior Commerce Department Official, Commercial Counselor, at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China from August 2014 to March 2017; Senior Commerce Department Official, Commercial Counselor, at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam from August 2011 to July 2014; and Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China from June 2008 to July 2011. Ms. Kemp served on the board of directors of the Concordia International School in Hanoi, Vietnam, an international day school offering preschool through high school education, from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Kemp was a Co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors in Vietnam from 2011 to 2014 and in Beijing from 2009 to 2011. Ms. Kemp received a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College, a Masters of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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