May 2, 2017

1st Annual World Trade Day

Trade Talk: Real Conversations About the Future of Global Trade

A Historic Day for Extraordinary Times

Sponsors and Partners

Georgia Tech
Georgia GEDA
Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
Bank Of America Merrill Lynch
Hall Booth Smith
Ghana International Chamber Of Commerce
World Affairs Council Atlanta
Site Selection Magazine
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Global Atlanta
Georgia International Convention Center
Export Import Bank USA
Conway Capital
BBVA Compass
Atlanta Journal Constitution

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 330 centers of international business exchange across the globe, is responding to the call by establishing its 1st Annual World Trade Day in Georgia on May 2, 2017.

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.

2017 Event Photos

Our Program

All Day Registration, Networking and Global Business Exchanges 7:30am – 5:00pm

Welcome & Introduction – World Trade Center Atlanta
Keynote Speaker:  The Honorable Matthew T. McGuire,
United States Executive Director, The World Bank Group
Parallel Panel Discussions

  • Emerging Markets: Still Driving Global Economic Growth?
  • Global Trends to Build, Innovate and Attract
  • Securing Imports and Exports

Lunch Distinguished Panel Discussion: North America Rising? Maintaining a Competitive Advantage in a Volatile Global Economy

Global Leadership Award Presentation

“Conversations that Matter” – Parallel Roundtables

  • Advanced Manufacturing: The Impact of Technology and a Changing Workforce on Company Competitiveness
  • Digital Technologies:  How Disruptions Lead to Opportunities
  • Energy Solutions: Creating New Markets

Reception, Closing Remarks & Drawing

Please download the FULL AGENDA to access panel descriptions and speakers.

Our Keynote Speakers

Continuing a Trade and Investment Legacy

Matthew Mcguire

Matthew T. McGuire

Former United States Executive Director
The World Bank Group

Matthew McGuire is the former United States Executive Director of the World Bank Group. As the U.S. Executive Director, he represented the United States as the largest shareholder on the executive boards of the World Bank Group institutions.


Gerry Horner

Gerry Horner

Director, Office of Technology Evaluation, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Timothy Perman

Timothy Perman

Global Strategy Director, The Coca-Cola Company

Penny Prime

Penny Prime

Professor, International Business Georgia State University

Gordon Giffin

Gordon Giffin

Partner , Dentons & Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada

Dr. Diane Alleva Caceres

Dr. Diane Alleva Cáceres

Co-Chair, World Trade Day Managing Director, Market Access International Inc.

Edward Alden

Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Council of Foreign Relations

Matthew Mcguire

Matthew T. McGuire

Former United States Executive Director, The World Bank Group

Todd Harris

Todd Harris

Co-Founder Hi-Rez Studio

Steve Cross

Dr. Stephen E. Cross

Executive Vice President, Research Georgia Tech

Adam Jones Kelly

Adam Jones-Kelley

President of Site Selection Magazine

John Morehouse

John Morehouse

Director, Center of Innovation for Manufacturing

Alan Amling

Alan Amling

VP, Corporate Strategy, United Parcel Service (UPS)


Registration, Networking Breakfast & Global Exchange Stations/Exhibit Hall

Welcome & Introduction

Matthew T. McGuire, Former United States Executive Director, The World Bank Group

“World Trade Day” Proclamation

1. Emerging Markets: Still Driving Global Economic Growth?

Emerging markets – from those in Asia and Latin America to Africa and Central/Eastern Europe – have underpinned global economic growth for the past several years. However, slowing economies such as China’s, weaker currencies, an over-reliance on commodities and political instability, among other factors, are decelerating growth. What risks do these trends pose to firms exporting, importing or investing in these markets? What can we expect in terms of political and economic changes over the next decade? Learn more about what industries are poised to grow, creating trade and investment opportunities.

2. Global Trends to Build, Innovate and Attract

Both companies and governments at all levels – city, state, national – are searching for ways to compete. How do companies engage in product and process innovation as well as design thinking to not only survive but thrive in today’s global economy? How do governments build a favorable business environment to incentivize innovation, attract investment and help create well-paying, sustainable jobs? Are there ways in which companies and governments can partner to achieve their goals? Panelists will address these and other questions. Participants will gain information and novel insights about these global trends.

3. Securing Imports and Exports Government agencies who are tasked with international trade oversight and regulatory enforcement not only secure America’s borders protecting the public from dangerous people and materials, their mission is also to enhance the Nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel. These agencies also preserve our nation’s natural resources; protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife; protect public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of products imported into or exported from the US. Participants will gain an understanding of the latest rules and regulations governing imports and exports, and how these affect corporate growth plans.

Networking & Global Exchange Stations

North America Rising? Maintaining a Competitive Advantage in a Volatile Global Economy

The United States, Canada and Mexico – three different economies located in the same North American region – are bound by highly integrated industries partly facilitated by a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). How will their economies change over the next decade vis-à-vis global competitors? Where will the trade and investment opportunities arise, particularly under the prospect of a revised NAFTA? Will traditional industries such as automotive, agriculture and energy continue to drive growth, or, new ones such as digital media and cleantech? Understanding these processes will help firms make informed strategic decisions about their trade and investment activities in the region.

Global leadership Award Presentation

1. Advanced Manufacturing: The Impact of Technology and a Changing Workforce on Company Competitiveness

To thrive in today’s global economy manufacturers are using technology that integrates processes not just within the firm, but across operations and their entire global value chain. At the same time, their qualified workforce is shrinking and customers want products faster. How can firms be productive in order to compete? What role does international trade and investment play? Facilitated by a subject matter expert and smaller group discussions, participants will engage in discussion and acquire knowledge to help them improve their competitive positions.

2. Digital Technologies: How Disruptions Lead to Opportunities

Digital technologies embedded in new creations from the mobile internet and the internet of things to next-generation genomics and 3-D printing are disrupting traditional industries. Medical, financial and manufacturing firms, among many others, must keep pace with rapid innovation and its effects. Facilitated by a subject matter expert and smaller group discussions, participants will learn how to recognize and seize global opportunities while managing associated risks.

3. Energy Solutions: Creating New Markets

With increasing global demand for energy, how are suppliers and buyers meeting this challenge? Learn how firms – from large, established utilities to alternative energy start-ups to corporate buyers – innovate to create new energy markets. Understand the regulatory environment and its impact on market opportunities. Facilitated by a subject matter expert and smaller group discussions, participants acquire knowledge to help them make strategic business decisions.

Relax and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while solidifying new relationships developed throughout the day. Listen to our guest speaker who will provide insights into the future of global trade and investment. Make future international business plans with new partners while discussing lessons learned from this 1st Annual World Trade Day Georgia!

Celebrate a successful World Trade Day and get ready for next year’s with closing remarks and an exciting Raffle!

*Select sessions will be livestreamed globally


Easy Access & Beautiful Facility

Located less than 10 minutes from the airport, the Georgia International Convention Center is strategically located to restaurants and hotels for the convenience of those traveling to World Trade Day.

2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337

Committee Members

Event Leadership Team

Dr. Diane Alleva Cáceres
CEO, Market Access International, Inc.

Vice Chair
Delray Wannemacher
CEO, First Look Equities

Dr. Karen D. Loch
President, World Trade Center Atlanta

Joanne Sanders
CEO, eWise Communications

Dan Curran
CEO, Curran Public Relations

Donna Mullins
President, Mullins International Solutions

Strategic Outreach Team

Craig Gustin
Supply Chain Consultant/ Recruiter

WTC Atlanta
Project Management Associates (Internships)

Leah Allen, MS Candidate
Georgia Institute of Technology

Cassie Xu
Agnes Scott College (Graduate)

Ambassador Team

Jim Munson
Vice President, Georgia Location Services