Mr. Philip de Leon is based in Washington, DC and is the Director for Public Affairs and International Business Development at AGCO Corporation. AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, grain storage and protein production systems, seeding and tillage implements and replacement parts. Mr. de Leon interacts with the US Government, Foreign Embassies, trade organizations and companies to seek out and develop business and collaboration opportunities. Mr. de Leon is the AGCO Staff Representative on the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) and an executive board member of the Corporate Council on Africa. Recently he was the project coordinator of a joint venture in Algeria that manufactured over 2,000 Massey Ferguson tractors in 2014.
Mr. de Leon spent ten years with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States (BISNIS) in Washington, DC rising to the position of Director and was awarded the International Trade Administration Bronze Award for Outstanding Professional Employee. BISNIS was part of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and served as the U.S. Government’s primary market information center for U.S. companies exploring export and investment opportunities in Russia and Eurasia.
Mr. de Leon was educated in France where he earned a law degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris as well as a graduate degree in Russian Language and Studies from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. In 1996 he earned a Master’s Degree (LLM) in International Law from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law.