Maxwell Gruber

International Program Specialist

Maxwell Gruber is an International Program Specialist with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel.  Mr. Gruber works primarily on the Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN) portfolio for the Indo-Pacific region, which assists government partners in the assessment of infrastructure investment projects.

Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Gruber served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kosovo.  While serving in Kosovo, Mr. Gruber taught high school English and worked with local counterparts to promote equal access to tournaments and competitions for male and female students.  Before the Peace Corps, Mr. Gruber managed the volunteer program at a regional food bank in Western North Carolina.  Mr. Gruber also served two terms as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, one term in North Carolina and one term with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in California.

Mr. Gruber graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.  He speaks Gheg Albanian and intermediate Dutch.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop