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Nazakhtar Nikakhtar

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Nazakhtar Nikakhtar
🏡 ResidencePotomac, Maryland, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 Education
  • University of California (B.A., 1999)
  • Syracuse University (J.D., 2002)
💼 Occupation
Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis at the United States Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration

Nazakhtar Nikakhtar is a lawyer who currently serves as Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis at the United States Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 19 March 2018.[1]


Nikakthar earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999, majoring in French and Political Science. She afterwards succeeded in earning a Master of Economics as well as a JD from Syracuse University in 2002. She also worked in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California for judge Ronald S.W. Lew.[1]


After graduation, she worked as Industry analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce until 2003, conducting statistical analyses on the U.S. biotechnology industry.[2] Later she became Special Assistant to the Senior Enforcement Coordinator at the departments Non-Market Economy Office.[3] During this time, she worked on antidumping cases,[4] the enforcement of U.S. trade laws and took part in bilateral trade negotiations[5] with a special focus on China.[1]

Leaving public service in 2007, she joined the law firm Stewart and Stewart, where she stayed for almost four years.[6] During that time, she was an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University's Law Center between January 2009 and May 2011.[7] At Georgetown, she taught courses on WTO Dispute Settlement and Negotiations[8] Nikakhtar was admitted to the United States Court of International Trade in 2010.[9]

Starting in January 2011, she was a Corporation Principal at Degnan & Degnan LCC, a business and economic consulting firm based in Maryland.[10]

In August 2015, she joined Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP as partner[10] and stayed with the firm until shortly before her confirmation in March 2018.[11][non-primary source needed]

Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis[edit]

Nikakhtar was nominated as Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis Affairs on 28 September 2017.[12] Her nomination was referred to the U.S. Senate Committee for Commerce, Science, and Transportation on 2 October 2017.[13]

Her confirmation was temporarily blocked by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)[14] who thereby attempted to put pressure on President Trump[15] to enforce impose trade tariffs on certain Chinese products such as steel and aluminum.[16]

Nikakhtar's nomination was eventually confirmed by the U.S. Senate March 19, 2018.[13][17]


Nikakhtar was also recommended for her service at the U.S. Department of Commerce[18] and received two silver and one bronze medal from them.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Nikakhtar is of Iranian Americans descent.[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis". International Trade Administration. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. "56th Annual Honor Awards Program 2004" (PDF). U.S. Department of Commerce. 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. "Nazak Nikakahtar". International Trade Administration. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  4. "Memoramdum 2004" (PDF). International Trade Administration. 8 December 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  5. "Memorandum 2007" (PDF). International Trade Administration. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  6. "Withdrawal of Tolling Regulations in Antidumping Proceedings". Stewart and Stewart. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  7. "Georgetown Law Graduate Legal Studies" (PDF). Georgetown Law. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  8. "2011 – 2012 WTO Certificate Courses" (PDF). Georgetown Law. 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  9. "Nazakhtar Nikakhtar". Martindale-Hubbell. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Nazakhtar Nikakhtar Financial Disclosure". DocumentCloud. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  11. "Cassidy Levy Kent Congratulates Partner Nazak Nikakhtar on Confirmation". Cassidy Levy Kent. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  12. "Tracking how many key positions Trump has filled so far". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "115th Congress (2017-2018)". Congress.gov. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  14. "Democrats Pressure Trump to Fulfill Promise to Impose Steel Tariffs". The New York Times. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  15. "Schumer blocking two Trump trade nominees". The Hill. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  16. "Schumer Statement on Commerce Department's Recommendations to Impose New Limits on Steel & Aluminum Imports". Senate Democrats. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  17. "Senate Session". C-SPAN. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  18. "President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration". The White House. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  19. "Nazak Nikakhtar Partner". Cassidy Levy Kent. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  20. "Iranian-American Woman Nazak Nikakhtar Becomes U.S. Assistant Commerce Secretary". Payvand Iran News. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.

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