Introducing Steve Knievel, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch Program Associate! Not only does he help keep the Global Trade Watch wheels turning, he also is one of the masterminds behind the memes found on this page.
Name: Steven ‘Stevel’ Knievel
Position: Program Associate
How long you’ve been at GTW: 1 year, 2 months, 14 days
Where do you currently live (DC, MD, VA? Or neighborhood): DC, in Columbia Heights
Hometown: Difficult to answer – let’s say Chicago area/Rocky Mountains
Favorite part of working at GTW: Knowing that I’m making life more difficult for those pushing their corporate agenda at the expense of everyone else, and seeing the impact of the work I do.
What interests you about trade/why do you work at GTW: What interests me most about trade is how it impacts a smorgasbord of different policy spaces, ranging from financial regulation to global health and everything in between.
What is one aspect of the TPP in particular that concerns you most (Access to meds, the environment, job offshoring, etc.)?
It’s very difficult for me to choose just one, but the intellectual property issues that affect access to medicines, the Internet, and the knowledge economy more broadly resonate most with me.
Around the beginning of this century, 1st-line HIV medicines cost ~$10,000 per person per year (ppy). Competition with generic medicines has brought that cost down to less than $100 per person ppy. That dramatic cost reduction has allowed humanitarian organizations to save literally millions of lives over the past decade. Through the TPP, Big Pharma is trying to protect their monopoly rights on new medicines that would not only delay the introduction of generic competition to the market and keep newer drugs out of reach for those who can’t afford them, but also stifle innovation.
Favorite Stop the TPP meme?
And the kicker, pick one word (and only one word) to describe yourself: