This will be the Kozmetsky Center for Excellence in Global Finance’s sixth annual collaborative multi-year conference series in transatlantic security held in cooperation with the Center for European Studies and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin funded with support of a grant by the United States Department of Education Title VI National Resource Program. For this event, we are also delighted to welcome our participating partners including the Atlantic Council of Montenegro and the World Affairs Council of Austin.
This international conference to be hosted via ZOOM webinar from St. Edward’s University will bring together academic experts on emerging economies, representatives of the American and European policy communities with leaders of the local Austin and global private sector/investment worlds to share professional experience, vision and research. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School, Tufts University and Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context; Dr. Lourdes Casanova, Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University; Dr. Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, Ambassador of Montenegro to the United Nations and former Minister of Defence of Montenegro; Vuk Jeremic, President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development in Serbia, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia and President of the United Nations General Assembly 67th Session; Mayor Erion Veliaj, City of Tirana, Albania; Dr. Phoebe Koundouri, Co-Chair, United Nations Sustainable Development Network and Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of International & European Economic Studies; Dr. Mirjana Matesic, Director, Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development, Zagreb, Croatia, and others. Representatives of the Office of the Governor of Texas (Michael Treyger, Deputy Director of Economic Development), City of Austin (Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer) and leaders of global divisions of major corporations (Tesla, Dell, Whole Foods) have been invited to offer insights based on sustainable development, investment and operations experiences in Texas and throughout the world. We have extended an invitation to Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dusko Markovic who has championed promotion of national and regional sustainable development and private sector investment to deliver the keynote address for the conference.