Howie Wachtel

Howie Wachtel is the Director of Global Sanctions Advisory and Strategy at PayPal, where he oversees a team responsible for developing and implementing global sanctions policies and investigative standards, while engaging with international organizations and regulatory bodies. He previously worked as the Director of United Nations and Multilateral Affairs at the White House National Security Council, where he covered a range of issues involving peacekeeping, international justice, multilateral sanctions, and human rights. Prior to this position, he served as Acting Coordinator of Sanctions Policy at the U.S. Department of State, where he coordinated strategic analysis and action on U.S. sanctions policy initiatives, including multilateral outreach to the United Nations and the European Union. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief of the Sanctions and Counterterrorism Unit in the Political Section of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. From 2006 to 2009, he was a litigation associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. He has taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, the Duke University School of Law, and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.