John Smirnow is Secretary General of the Global Solar Council. From 2011 to 2015, John served as Vice President for Trade & Competitiveness at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). During his tenure at SEIA, John led the organization’s efforts to resolve the U.S.-China solar trade conflict and codes and standards and sustainability initiatives. John also served as Chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and Member of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.