Deborah Walker, Lawyer and International Developer, Texas A&M
Deborah Walker is a U.S. attorney with broad experience handling international disputes, corporate legal affairs and international economic development in Europe, Asia and Africa. She devotes part of her time to teaching graduate level courses in international trade and sustainability across supply chains and climate finance at Texas A&M University.
Walker’s international career began in Vienna in the early ‘90s as an in-house counsel for The Coca-Cola Company’s East Central Europe Division, as it rapidly invested in manufacturing plants and marketing companies in the newly opening post-socialist markets of eastern Europe. As a lawyer supporting business development units in frontier markets, Walker was at the forefront of pioneering the rollout of new ventures and products, helping companies operate with due regard to US and local law compliance and leading intellectual property rights litigation in over 25 countries spanning from central Europe to Asia, and to Africa and the Middle East after launching her own firm from Vienna and Sofia offices. She often served as virtual general counsel, provided interim management and strategic and commercialization services across regulated industries, including finance, energy, life sciences, and IT/telecoms, technology entrepreneurs, law firms, venture capital funds and to Fortune 100 multinationals, including IBM and Microsoft as well as other members of the Business Software Alliance.
Much of Walker’s advisory work is focused on capacity building projects that support science and technology-based entrepreneurship in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Jordan, as well as projects in the cotton apparel supply chain for Sri Lanka and India. In addition to having served on the board of the Austro-British Chamber, Walker has devoted significant time to not-for-profits in the education sphere, including the American College of Sofia, the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration where she developed intensive skills’ courses in entrepreneurship and cross-cultural negotiating for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department, and to serving on the International Advisory Board of Texas A&M University (1999-2016) and is a global programs advisor to University of Salamanca. Walker holds the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.