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Russell W. Damtoft


Associate Director, Office of International Affairs, Federal Trade Commission, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Grinnell; J.D., University of Iowa

Russell Damtoft is the Associate Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of International Affairs. He is responsible for relationships between the FTC and antitrust...

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Russell Damtoft is the Associate Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of International Affairs. He is responsible for relationships between the FTC and antitrust agencies in Canada, Latin America, and other countries, as well as helping to manage portions of the FTC’s technical assistance program for developing antitrust agencies. He also manages the International Competition Network’s Training on Demand Project and represents the FTC at meetings of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Mr. Damtoft has been with the Federal Trade Commission since 1985. Before the Office of International Affairs was established, he performed similar duties in the Bureau of Competition. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Regional Director of the FTC’s Chicago Regional Office, as an attorney and in other capacities in the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and as an Attorney-Advisor to a Commissioner. He has twice served as a long-term resident advisor to foreign competition and consumer protection authorities, once to Romania and once to the Baltic nations.  

He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1981 and from Grinnell College in 1976. He is a member of the American Bar Association, where he is on the editorial board of Antitrust Source.

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