William Bates

Executive Vice President, Council on Competitiveness

William Bates is Executive Vice President of the Council on Competitiveness and was the founding Executive Director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. He is currently leading a multi-year initiative to explore the economic opportunity for manufacturing in the United States created by low-cost, abundant energy. Bill is the chief architect of the Council’s National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) the annual C-suite conversation that sets a pro-growth agenda for the U.S. policymakers. He co-authors the Council’s Clarion Call, released each year at the NCF to identify critical issues affecting America’s ability to compete and prosper in the global economy. He is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally on a range of competitiveness and innovation topics from education to technology policy to advanced manufacturing.

As the first Executive Director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), Bill helped establish and build a network of over 30 competitiveness councils from around the world. He managed the U.S. Council’s role as secretariat to the GFCC, oversaw membership engagement and outreach and directed the development of annual policy reports, including Best Practices in Competitiveness Policy.

He previously served as Director of Government Relations for the United States Telecom Association. Prior to that, he was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to House Commerce Committee member, U. S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) where he advised the Congresswoman on a wide range of technology issues including telecommunications, biotechnology and intellectual property. Before joining Ms. Eshoo, he was an Associate with the Washington, DC-based public affairs company, Cassidy & Associates. He holds a master degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor degree in Government and History from Cornell University.


My Sessions

Assessing U.S. Response to the Energy Opportunity

Knight Conference Center Room 704

For almost a decade, the United States has seen an unprecedented surge in both non-renewable and renewable energy resources turning what was once an economic and national security weakness into a strength. Have we leveraged this opportunity at the federal state and local levels to maximum effect? Mr. Samuel R. Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive […]