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)



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