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International Business: the Next Four Years

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A global business outlook followed by a panel discussion about the challenges facing businesses in various parts of the world.

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This will be our 27th Annual event!

The topic for 2021 will be around what the next four years will bring in terms of trade and economic outlook to the international business community and will touch on topics such as tariffs, sanctions, Brexit, trade agreements (or the lack thereof) and of course the pandemic impact.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm EST

Platform: Zoom Meeting

Audience: international business community

Agenda:

4:30pm-5:00pm:

Special Guest

  • John Barros, Chief of Economic Development City of Boston

Mr. Barros will share thoughts on the local economic situation followed by the "Global Economic Update: giving an over view of what has been happening over the past year and the expected way forward. " Presented by,

  • Judith Dean, Professor of International Economics, International Business School, Brandeis University. Q&A via chat.

5:10pm-6:00pm:

Panel discussion moderated by

The panel will consist of business people who are well versed in some of the international trade issues currently facing companies and some of the expectations under the new administration.

Panelists and areas to be covered include:

  • UK: Dr. Peter Abbott, OBE, British Consul General to New England
  • China, Asia, Pacific: David Day, Chairman, Global Risk Management Foundation
  • India and Africa: Becca Gould, Senior Vice President, American Tower Corporation
  • Middle East: David Hamod, President & CEO, National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce
  • US/EU : Nate LaMar, International Capture Manager, AM General
  • Mexico/Canada/ South America: Ernesto Pinal, Director of Business Development, DQM Software
  • Shawn Levsen, International Sales Manager, UPS. President of the National District Export Councils

Moderator & Speakers

Douglas Banks, Executive Editor, BBJ

Is serving as Executive Editor of the Boston Business Journal, where he oversees all editorial content of the company’s daily web site, multiple electronic newsletters, weekly print edition, and panel and award events. The BBJ is Boston’s leading business media company. Doug appears regularly as a news analyst on New England Cable News, and is a frequent guest lecturer, speaker and panel moderator on issues from regional business and economic trends to communications, journalism and digital media.

Dr. Peter Abbott. OBE, British Consul General to New England

Dr. Peter Abbott has been a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service for 15 years. Before becoming British Consul General to New England in 2020, he served as Counsellor at the British High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, with operational oversight of the largest mission in the UK’s overseas diplomatic network.

Before joining the FCDO, Peter lived, studied and worked in the United States, including interning in the office of Dennis Hastert when he was Speaker of the US House of Representatives and working on Arianna Huffington’s 2003 gubernatorial campaign in California.

David Day, Chairman, Global Risk Management Foundation

Is serving as the Co-Chairman of the Trade Policy Committee of the U.S. National Association of District Export Councils and a member of its National Board of Directors, representing the entire Pacific Region and the Southwestern U.S. As a U.S. business lawyer, Mr. Day has been on the ground extensively throughout the Indo-Pacific Region in deal-structuring and negotiations and is currently involved in a variety ofcommercial projects in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, China and Japan.

Judith M. Dean, Professor of International Economics, IBS, Brandeis University

Studies the relationships between trade, poverty and environment, with a focus on China and India. Her research also examines the effects of global value chains, trade barriers and trade preferences on development. Prior to joining Brandeis, she was Senior International Economist at the US International TradeCommission, and Associate Professor of Economics at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. She has been a consultant for the World Bank and OECD, and a Visiting Scholar at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, and the Clayton Yeutter International Trade Program, University of Nebraska.

Becca Gould, Senior Vice President, American Tower Corporation

Is serving as American Tower’s Senior Vice President, Public Affairs leading their engagement withpolicymakers and industry groups. Prior to joining American Tower, over the course of twelve years, Becca built and managed Dell’s Global Government Affairs and Public Policy team based in the capitals of most major markets. She was also a Vice President of Global Public Policy at the Business Software Alliance and an attorney with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. She began her career as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

David Hamod, President & CEO, National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce

Since its inception almost 50 years ago, NUSACC has been the preeminent organization for fostering trade and investment between the United States and the 22 countries of the Arab world. Mr. Hamod has been a prominent and active member of the U.S. business community for more than three decades. He is President & CEO of Intercom International Consultants, a Washington-based consulting firm that has served as an advisor to numerous business groups, including more than 30 U.S. companies. In that capacity, he served on the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade.

Nate LaMar, International Capture Manager, AM General LLC

Serving on the Indiana District Export Council (DEC), Nate also represents the Great Lakes states on the board of the National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC). For defense contractor AMGeneral (manufacturer of the Humvee), Nate’s territory includes Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Canada. He also has 25 years of previous international management experience with non-defense manu­facturers. Nate has been quoted on trade issues in various media, to include The Economist and Wall Street Journal. A former Army officer, Nate has a BS from West Point, a German Linguist Certificate from the Defense Language Institute, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Shawn Levsen, International Sales Manager, UPS. President of the National District Export Councils

Is serving as Chair of the National Association of District Export Councils. He has worked for 20 years in UPS international business development managing a team of UPS international salespeople. He holds a MA from American University in Washington, DC and BA from the University of Iowa. He teaches international business at Austin Community College and is a licensed customs broker. He also organizes “The Mechanics of Exporting” seminars for companies wanting to learn more about international supply chain processes.

Ernesto Pinal, Director of Business Development, DQM Software

Is serving as the elected representative in Washington DC for the National Association of District Export Councils representing the North west region, lobbying for good and sustainable trade practices. Ernesto is also one of the board of directors of the Idaho District Export Council. He has held the position of General Manager for the SunRise Technology Group, a Motorola company, Executive Vice President for NextScan, Worldwide Product Manager for the Biometrics Solutions at Motorola, Director of Channel Sales and Product Management with Plasmon Data Systems, Sr. Program Manager of Core Technologies with Universal Electronics, among others.

Presenting Sponsor

Tonya S. James, Managing Partner, concentrates in the areas of international and domestic taxation, international business planning, and tax planning and compliance for international assignments.

Tonya has extensive experience advising clients on the legal and tax aspects of conducting business activities outside the United States.


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