Stephen Wilcox is a Senior Director in the Export Controls and Sanctions offering at FTI Consulting, and is based in Washington, D.C. He specializes in U.S. and foreign export controls and sanctions matters, including investigations, program development, enforcement advisory, end-use check and monitoring services (Post Shipment Verifications and Pre-License Checks), Voluntary Self-Disclosures (VSDs) advisory, and restricted party list removal support services.
Prior to FTI Consulting, Stephen served 24 years in counterproliferation and export control roles for the U.S. Government. During his career, Stephen represented the United States’ national security and foreign policy interests to more than 65 countries and worked extensively with foreign federal ministries, licensing organizations, international customs services, international law enforcement agencies, and trade associations.
Stephen most recently worked as the Acting Assistant Director, Export Control Officer Program of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Stephen managed an international staff charged with coordinating a global end-use monitoring program throughout the world. Stephen worked with Export Control Officers stationed outside the U.S., local staff, BIS Field Offices and other U.S. and foreign government agencies to help global industry comply with U.S. export laws.
Stephen also served as the BIS Regional Export Control Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia and at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. He created secure trade relationships with foreign governments, trade associations, and industries throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Northern Middle East countries. In this capacity, he conducted end-use monitoring for BIS and, on many occasions, for the U.S. Department of State, scrutinizing thousands of international transactions for compliance with Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Stephen also assisted numerous companies to successfully remove themselves from the BIS Entity List (EL) and Unverified List (UVL).
Prior to BIS, Stephen worked for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). During his tour with NCIS, he served as a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) for Russia and Eastern Europe and as a liaison to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), BIS, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), and other U.S. agencies for counterproliferation investigations, undercover operations, and other sensitive efforts. During his government service, he investigated and evaluated thousands of export-related leads involving suspicious attempts to illicitly obtain sensitive U.S. origin commodities, systems and emerging technologies by unauthorized foreign governments, organized criminal elements, and terrorist organizations.
Stephen is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a Russian Linguist. He is a Gold Medal recipient from the Secretary of Commerce, a Meritorious Service Award from the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, and an Honorary Polish Military Law Enforcement Officer from the Zandermeria.