About World Trade Day
Continuing a Trade & Investment Legacy
In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially proclaimed a national observance in the United States each May of the benefits of global trade. Each U.S. President since then has renewed this declaration, asking for communities across the nation for their commitment.
The World Trade Center Atlanta, one of 320 centers of international business exchange across the globe, is responding to the call with its 2nd Annual World Trade Day in Georgia on May 4, 2018.
This historic event will honor the international trade community and your contributions to the economic power of our region. It will convene CEOs, policy-makers, scholars and thought leaders to discuss today’s most pressing trade issues and opportunities to build a strong regional economy.
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Attendees Came From Industries Involved in FDI & Global Trade
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Said They Would Return to WTD in 2019
All Day Registration, Networking and Global Exchanges and International Pavilion 7:30am – 4:30pm
Welcome & Introduction – World Trade Center Atlanta
Keynote Speaker –
Morning Parallel Panel Discussions
- Geopolitical Forces Impacting International Market Opportunities
- Financing Your Global Expansion: Uncovering New Sources of Funding That Help Your Bottom Line
- Global Strategy Workshop (Limited Space)
World Trade Day Proclamation
Luncheon and Distinguished Panel Discussion
John C. Portman Global leadership Award
Afternoon “Conversations that Matter” – Parallel Roundtables
- Gaming, Film & Creative Media: Leveraging Talent and The Local-Global Connection
- Infrastructure: How Radical Changes in Water, Energy, Transportation and Communications Systems Impact Your Organization
- Agribusiness: The Path to 2050!
Closing Reception, Networking and Entertainment
Our Keynote Speakers
Capturing Global Markets in a Turbulent World
Griffith V. Lynch
Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
Griff Lynch is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, a 1,300-person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast.
As Executive Director, Lynch oversees all port activity involving the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminal operations in Bainbridge and Murray County, Georgia. Directing one of Georgia’s largest economic engines, he manages a budget with annual operating revenues of $425 million.
A proven leader in the maritime industry, Lynch brings 30 years of experience in the design and implementation of major port expansions, the effective execution of sustainable profit and productivity models and identifying winning sales and marketing strategies.
A Conversation with Michelle Nunn
President and CEO of CARE USA
Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE USA
Since July 2015, Michelle Nunn has been president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty and provides lifesaving assistance in emergencies. Last year, CARE worked in 93 countries and directly reached 63 million people in FY2017.
Nunn took the helm of CARE in 2015 and has spearheaded an ambitious strategy to reach 200 million of the world’s most vulnerable people by 2020. Under Nunn’s leadership, CARE has invested in innovative new programs and partnerships with private corporations and other nonprofits to increase its impact. Since assuming leadership of CARE, Nunn has set a goal of increasing CARE’s micro-savings program from 7 million participants to 60 million participants by 2028.
Before joining CARE, Nunn had built an illustrious career of civic and public service as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit CEO, and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. She co-founded the volunteer-mobilization organization Hands On Atlanta, and expanded it from a single entity to a national network of more than 50 affiliates. Nunn oversaw that group’s merger with Points of Light, creating the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, with affiliates across the globe engaging more than 70,000 corporations and nonprofit organizations. Nunn served as Points of Light CEO from 2007 to 2013.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, Nunn majored in history with a minor in religion and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also received a Kellogg Fellowship to study faith and social justice in more than a dozen countries, from Peru to Namibia to Jordan.
Nunn currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ron Martin, and their two children, Vinson and Elizabeth.
Moderated by : John Portman, IV, President, Portman Holdings
John C. Portman, IV
John shares responsibility for the general management and strategic direction of Portman Holdings. Additionally, his focus is on the pre-development and capital markets arenas for Portman which includes sourcing, underwriting, capitalizing and structuring new opportunities.
John’s association with Portman Holdings began in the early 2000s, when he worked on domestic developments. He left Portman to work with KPMG’s Corporate Finance Group in Mumbai, focusing on mergers and acquisitions as well as raising equity and performing valuation assessments in real estate, aviation and FMCG industries. John has also worked for companies such as Goldman Sachs Real Estate Principal Investment Area and WholeFoods Market, Inc.
John sits on the Board of Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College, and earned a master’s degree with honors and distinction from Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Additionally, John has earned a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Dr. Cliff D. Bishop
Dr. Diane Alleva Cáceres
Bartlet W. Edes
Dr. Ismael Fernandez
Richard (Rick) D. Gimbert
Daya Haines Haddock
Hon. Young-jun Kim
Dr. J.B. Kurish
John Portman IV
Ambassador Charles Shapiro
Dr. Alasdair Young
Registration, Networking Breakfast, Global ExchangeStations/International Pavilion & “Ask The Experts” Booth
(Throughout the Day)
VIP Breakfast & Networking
Dr. Diane Alleva Cáceres
President, World Trade Center Atlanta Founder & Chair, World Trade Day
Executive Vice President, World Trade Center Atlanta Vice Chair, World Trade Day
Dr. J.B. Kurish
Professor in the Practice of Finance Senior Associate Dean
8:50am | KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Griffith V. Lynch, Executive Director Georgia Ports Authority
9:30am | Governor Kemp’s “World Trade Day 2019” Proclamation
9:45am | Networking
Geopolitical Forces Impacting International Market Opportunities
International markets continue to fluctuate, creating opportunities but also uncertainty and risk. China’s economic slowdown, continued uncertainty around a Brexit deal, a renegotiated NAFTA yet to be ratified as the United States- Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and geopolitical forces are affecting global growth. How are countries adjusting their trade and investment strategies to take advantage of new opportunities while minimizing risks? What do these changes mean for your firm’s growth?
Moderator: Dr. Alasdair Young, Professor and Co-Director, Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President, World Affairs Council of Atlanta
- Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Chair in Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
- Hon. Young-jun Kim, Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea
- Amini Kajunju, Executive Director, International University of Grand-Bassam Foundation
Financing Your Global Expansion in Today’s Ever-Changing Digital Era
Changes in traditional trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) finance as well as disruptions caused by the growth of FinTech offer a wider range of financial resources to support your global expansion. This panel discussion covers both traditional and alternative sources of finance, foreign exchange management, as well as creative ways to match finance with export, import and FDI opportunities.
Moderator: Dr. Ismael Fernandez, President, Greengate Consulting, LLC
- John Doyle, Vice President of Dealing and Trading, Tempus US
- JC Boyanton, Senior Vice President, Technology Commercial Banking, SunTrust Bank (TBC)
- Delray Wannemacher, CEO, Blockchain Holdings Capital Ventures, Inc
- Pundi Narasimham, CEO, STS Worldwide
Global Strategy Workshop (Limited Space)
The Global Strategy Workshop provides an overview and template for crafting a global growth strategy. Global market entry business executives will walk you through an overview of global market entry options, legal, financial, tax, human resources, investment, logistics, and information resources. The team will answer questions and help you solve your most pressing business issues. You will leave with a template to consider and complete in the next 30 days. In September you will have the option of participating in the WTC Atlanta’s market entry accelerator program to complete your global startup.
Facilitator: Dr. Janet L. Walsh, President & CEO, Birchtree Global, LLC
- Daya Haines Haddock, President and CEO, TIA, Inc
- Traci Kellner, Global Human Resources Executive, Private Equity
- Richard (Rick) D. Gimbert, CPA, CGMA, Global CPA and Tax Executive
- Jim McGuirk, Senior Global Business Executive, Former President, Unisys Corporation
Trade Talk: Capturing Global Markets in a Turbulent World
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Dr. Diane Alleva Cáceres
President, World Trade Center Atlanta CEO, Market Access International, Inc.
John G. Murphy
Senior Vice President for International Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
Leocadia I. Zak
President, Agnes Scott College
John C. “Jack” Portman III, Vice Chairman, Portman Holdings
Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA
Networking & Global Exchange Stations
Be a part of the solution by engaging in this interactive format
Gaming, Film & Creative Media: Leveraging Talent and The Local-Global Connection
Georgia’s gaming and creative media industry has blossomed into an established, leading national cluster, poised tocompete for a multi-billion-dollar global market. The state is now the #1 filming location in the world, the video-game industry is fast approaching film in terms of revenue, and digital media firms are using the latest technologies to produce, distribute and fund projects. The vast market for these products, services and technologies offers Georgia firms and entrepreneurs the opportunity to expand globally. This panel of experts will cover major trends and opportunities as well as keys to your success – from the ability to leverage talent to sustainable business models designed to meet increasing global demand.
- Introduction: Jim Munson, Partner, Roadshow Equity Partners
- Moderator: Asante Bradford, Project Manager of Digital Media & Entertainment, Georgia Department of EconomicDevelopment
- Peggy Johnson, Composer, Music Supervisor, Chief Creative Officer, Roadshow Equity Partners
- John Adcox, CEO, Gramarye Media, Inc.
- Lou Seals, Founder & Executive Chairman, Seals Television Networks Company, Inc.
- Ryan Millsap, Chairman & CEO, Blackhall Studios
- Maggie Monteith, President and CEO, Dignity Film Finance
Infrastructure: How Radical Changes in Water, Energy, Transportation and Communications Systems Impact Your Organization
This panel discusses how radical changes in water, energy, transportation and communications systems impact your organization and create opportunities for global growth. Extreme weather events, changing natural conditions, and agrowing population all impact the type of infrastructure required to meet today’s demand. Companies are partneringwith public sector entities – from multilateral development banks like the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank to municipal governments – in order to identify, supply and invest in new technologies and approaches. This panel offers the opportunity to learn more about these global trends, major projects, and procurement/sales opportunities.
Moderator: Joseph Bankoff, Chair and Professor of the Practice, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Bartlet W. Edes, Chief Representative, Asian Development Bank, North America Office
- Dr. Cliff D. Bishop, Managing Engineer, Buildings & Structures, Exponent
- Yoav Zilber, Former CEO, Jets Investments LTD
Agri-Business: The Path to 2050!
No other industry impacts our lives more than agriculture. It literally feeds, clothes and fuels the world. Given the exponential growth in global population over the past century, it is projected that we will reach 9 billion by 2050. Recent advances in technology have increased yields and brought down most malnourished rates around the world; however, to feed the projected 2050 population of 9 billion, we will need to increase current day production by 60%. This panel will discuss the latest technologies, strategies, challenges, and requirements to meet these demands, and explore opportunities to collaborate and innovate, build on recent advancements and international initiatives, and connect with industry leaders.
Moderator: Max Sutherland, Executive Vice President, World Trade Center AtlantaPanelists:
- Rick Lutz, Vice President, Business Development and Communications, GroGenesis
- Louisa Parker, Sr. Manager, Global Programs and Special Assistant to the Chairman, President and CEO, AGCO
- Benjamin Worley, CEO, Agrisource Data
- Bo Warren, Director, Georgia Department of Agriculture
3:30-4:30pm | Closing Reception, Networking and Musical Entertainment!
Renaissance Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta GA 30339, US