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July 2020

Utilizing the Austin-area Foreign Trade Zone in Turbulent Times

Companies dependent on imports as part of their global supply chains are increasingly concerned with the ongoing volatility of the global trade environment. US trade actions have already imposed penalty duties on Chinese goods, many European goods, and steel and aluminum products, and additional activity is underway which could significantly impact supply chain costs, including: The imposition of US Sections 232, 301, and 201 tariff measures Replacement of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) US…

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  • 31st July 2020 - Friday
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H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the USA among featured speakers in July

July — 13th at 3:15pm Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert featuring Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations // 16th at 10am Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Series featuring Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Czech Republic // 16th at 1pm Qatar and the Gulf Crisis featuring Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s…

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August 2020

  • 27th August 2020 - Thursday
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Author Lesley Blume among Speakers in August

August — 6th at 1pm Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World featuring Lesley Blume, award-winning journalist, historian, and New York Times bestselling author // 11th at 10am International Biz Advantage: Austin & Israel featuring Lior Koriat, CEO at Quali; Ze’ev Lavie, VP at the Israeli Chambers of Commerce; and Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director at the BIRD Foundation // 13th at 10am Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Series featuring Italy and Turkey // 14th at 1pm…

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September 2020

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The Honorable Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada, and Brian Haley, Honorary Consul of Canada

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to host this discussion with the Honorable Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada and Brian Haley, Honorary Consul of Canada.  Abdallah Mahmoud, Emerging Markets Program Specialist with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, will serve as moderator for this special event. Rachel McCormick is Consul General of Canada to the state of Texas.  She was head of the Energy and Environment Section at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC from 2014…

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Exploring Private Sector Contributions to Sustainable Development Among Emerging Economies of European Union and Aspiring EU Nations in South Eastern Europe

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…

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November 2020

Kozmetsky Forum featuring Brazil

The World Affairs Council of Austin has partnered with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University to offer a series of Forums on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets and Geopolitical Risk.  The focus of this Forum is Brazil. Political Officer Ian Brown at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil will serve as moderator for the presentation. Valerie Belon, Economic Counselor, will provide an overview of the U.S. Foreign Service. Joel Reynoso, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, will…

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Conversation with Jordan Price, Honorary Consul General of Malawi

Malawi’s Honorary Consul General Jordan Price will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about events and opportunities in Malawi, as well initiatives in Austin and Texas.  This program will be moderated by Abdallah Mahmoud, the City of Austin’s Emerging Markets Program Specialist.    

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December 2020

Kozmetsky Forum featuring Melissa Sanderson on Global Business Operations and Investment in Africa

The World Affairs Council of Austin has partnered with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University to offer a series of Forums on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets and Geopolitical Risk.  Our next Forum will feature Melissa Sanderson, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Vice-President of Global Affairs at Freeport McMoRan, Inc; Chair of the Arizona District Export Council; Chair of the Mining Committee, Arizona Mexico Commission; and…

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UK-US Trade Negotiations Update

December 2, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

During this special session, attendees will obtain an update on the current round of negotiations from the perspective of our distinguished guests representing the United Kingdom, including Kunal Khatri, Deputy HM Trade Commissioner, USA; Jonathan Marrs, Consul and Regional Director, South Central USA; Christina Luhn, Consul – Senior Trade Policy Adviser; and Tim Cork, Deputy Consul General at the British Consulate General in Houston. This program is presented by the World Affairs Council of Austin, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce…

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February 2021

UK Fireside Chat Series: The Honorable Richard Hyde, Consul General, and Chad Costello, General Counsel for WP Engine

The World Affairs Council of Austin, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) will be hosting a series of fireside chats. Learn from successful entrepreneurs who have successfully expanded their business to the UK. Find out what worked well as they share their lessons and tips on how to make global expansion work for your business. The Fireside chat series is live and interactive; attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. The series will be…

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