Thomas Andrew O’Keefe is the president of Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd., a legal/economic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that assists companies with their strategic business planning for South America. He is a dual-national of the United States and Chile, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
O’Keefe did his undergraduate work at Columbia University and received his JD from the Villanova University School of Law. Prior to earning his MPhi in Latin American studies at the University of Oxford, he worked for the legal departments of the Chilean Human Rights Commission, the Vicaría de la Solidaridad, the human rights office of the Archdiocese of Santiago, as well as law firms in New York City and Boston. He has taught courses on Western Hemisphere economic integration at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and George Mason University.
O’Keefe is the author of numerous articles on Latin American economic integration and globalization, and he is the former managing editor of Focus Americas, an analytical review of business and legal developments throughout the Western Hemisphere. His book Latin American Trade Agreements is the only comprehensive publication in English that discusses major Latin American economic integration projects from a practical perspective.
In 1999, O’Keefe served as an advisor to the Southern African Development Community in its efforts to create a regional free trade area. In 2001, he participated in a U.S.-AID project based in Botswana where he provided technical assistance to African governments and textile/apparel manufacturers in conjunction with the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act allowing for duty-free access into the U.S. market.