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Leaders & Luminaries Lecture Series - Leila Aridi Afas, Director, International Public Policy at Toyota

The UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences presents the spring 2020 Leaders & Luminaries Lecture: How to Be Your Company's Secretary of State with Leila Afas, Director of International Public Policy at Toyota North America.

Reception: 6 p.m.

Lecture: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Leaders & Luminaries series brings leading practitioners and academics to The University of Texas at Dallas to speak on prominent policy issues. Lectures are free and open to the public.


Leila Aridi Afas, Director, International Public Policy at Toyota

Leila is responsible for developing and executing strategies to further Toyota’s global business goals. She coordinates cross-functional and cross-cultural teams to successfully advocate policy positions. She also provides insight on geopolitical trends, economic policies and market developments to Toyota’s senior leadership.

Previously, Leila was appointed by President Obama to support the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years following the 2008 financial crisis. As an appointee at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Leila supported a record-breaking return of $76 in U.S. exports for every dollar programmed. In a prior role with USTDA, she managed a multimillion-dollar portfolio of grant funds for infrastructure projects throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Her 15+ year career has spanned the public and private sectors including positions in the UK House of Commons, U.S. Trust Company in New York and World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Leila earned a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and English from James Madison University, and an M.A. in International Economics from Columbia University, where she was awarded a Program Assistant Fellowship. She is frequently invited to speak at global business conferences and author articles and other thought pieces.


Event Contact Info:
Erin Dougherty, 972-883-2935
Questions? Email me.

Thursday, February 27 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center - Ann and Jack Graves Ballroom, DGA 0

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 2 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops


Career and Professional Development

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