Paul Thanos

U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Director Office Of Finance & Insurance

Paul J. Thanos is the Director for Finance and Insurance Industries at the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration.  His focus includes how distributed ledger technology impacts international trade and industry competitiveness. He leads the U.S. delegation to the OECD Insurance and Private Pensions Committee and manages the Department’s Trade Finance Advisory Council.

He is a regular guest lecturer across the United States on topics ranging from trade, impact investing, and innovation including a July 2019 panel discussion with members of Congress and staff regarding bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

Mr. Thanos served as the inaugural Global Trade and Investment Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and previously was a legislative aide to Senator Maria Cantwell with responsibility for trade, foreign policy, and defense issues.