Virtual Wtd Conference
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July 17th – July 31st 2020

Conference Summary

Georgia ranks 11th in the US in imports and seventh in exports. Many of the state’s largest companies are dependent on international trade.”  In the digital age, IT is the backbone of doing business and cybersecurity is critical to business success. This year’s conference will focus on cybersecurity and the impact on international trade and investments.

The WTD 2020 Virtual Conference features informative panels with prestigious Keynote Speakers, Q&A Sessions, educational how-to workshops, and non-hosted exhibitor booths.  In addition, you will have access to all the recorded materials for up to two weeks (content will be available until July 31st) so you can watch at your convenience, and review presentations as many times as you like.

Participate from the convenience of your own home or office, everywhere Internet connectivity is available, and return for 14 days to view missed presentations and exhibitors or simply watch again.

Who Should Register:

  • IT Professionals
  • Cyber Security Organizations
  • Executive Decision-Makers
  • International Business Managers to CEOs
  • Business Owners
  • Importers and Exporters
  • Students
  • Trade Specialists
  • Finance Specialists
  • Government Representatives
  • Anyone interested in cybersecurity and the impact it has on global business

Keynote Speakers

Harri Hursti

Harri Hursti

Founding Partner & Global Ethical Cyber Hacker
Nordic Innovation Labs

Mr. Harri Hursti is recognized as one of the world’s top ethical hackers and a world-renowned data security expert, internet visionary and serial entrepreneur. He began his career as the prodigy behind the first commercial, public email, and online forum system in Scandinavia. He founded his first company at the age of 13 and went on to cofound EUnet-Finland in his mid- 20’s. Today, Harri continues to innovate and find solutions to the world’s most vexing problems. He is among the world’s leading authorities in the areas of election voting security, critical infrastructure, and network system security.

His work has been filmed and turned into an acclaimed HBO documentary called Hacking Democracy which was nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding investigative journalism.  In March of this year, In advance of the 2020 Presidential Election, Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections was released on HBO and features Harri as he takes us through a deep dive into the weaknesses of today’s election technology.

Thomas Nelson

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nelson

Cyber Tactical Operations Center, US Army Cyber Command

LTC Nelson graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and served as an infantry officer deploying 3 times to Afghanistan and Iraq in the US Army.  In 2019, LTC Nelson transitioned to Army Cyber Command as CTOC Chief. The Army recently chose him to take command of the 782D MI BN in June 2021.  He holds numerous industry certifications and has nine publications and conference presentations in mathematics, computational fluid dynamics, intrusion detection systems, military strategy, cyber education, and pedagogy.

Featured Speakers

Cynthia Blandford

Cynthia Blandford

Honorary Consul General
Republic of Liberia | State of Georgia
Joanne Chu

Joanne Chu

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York
Bart Edes

Bartlet W. Edes

Chief Representative
Asian Development Bank
Darrel Hulsey

Darrel Hulsey

International Trade Specialist
Small Business Development Center, UGA
Susan Kintanar

Susan Kintanar

Regional Director
Export Import Bank of the United States
Roger Mahler

Roger N. Mahler

Principal Member Technical Staff
AT&T, Public Sector / IoT Solutions
Carlos Henrique De Abreu

Carlos Henrique Moojen de Abreu e Silva

Consul General
Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison

Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte
Phillip Parmer

Phillip Parmer

Senior Manager
Global IT Security Engineering and Architecture AGCO
Nathan Reagan Invest Atlanta

Nathan Regan

Senior Vice President of Economic Development
Invest Atlanta
Andrew Staunton

Andrew Staunton

Consul General
United Kingdom
Anat Sultan-Dadon

Anat Sultan-Dadon

Consul General
Max Sutherland

Max Sutherland

President & CEO
World Trade Center Atlanta
George Tracy

George Tracy

Atlanta USEAC
Bob Varnadoe

Bob Varnadoe

Cesar Vence

Cesar Vence

Deputy Director
Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA)
Mary Waters

Mary Waters

Deputy Commissioner, International Trade
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)
John Woodward

John Woodward

Vice President, Global Commerce
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Henry Yu

Henry Yu

Hong Kong Association of Atlanta


Welcome & Introduction

Sponsor Remarks

Morning Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nelson

Morning Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nelson

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nelson, Chief, Cyber Tactical Operations Center (CTOC), US Army Cyber Command Center

LTC Nelson will speak about the US Army Cyber Command, the CTOC, and how they keep ahead of adversaries around the world to protect us and ensure uninterrupted trade and supply chains.

Morning Parallel Breakout Panel Discussions

Morning Parallel Breakout Panel Discussions

Geopolitical Forces Impacting International Market Opportunities

International markets continue to fluctuate, creating opportunities but also uncertainty and risk.  Regional economic slowdowns threatening a global slowdown, US trade wars with Asia and Europe, continued uncertainty around the Brexit deal, the impacts of the recently ratified United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), buy-in to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, and geopolitical forces around the world 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 – Max Sutherland, President & CEO, World Trade Center Atlanta


Mr. Andrew Staunton, Consul General, UK

Mrs. Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General, Israel

Mr. Carlos Henrique Moojen de Abreu e Silva, Consul General, Brazil

Ms. Cynthia Blandford, Honorary Consul General, Liberia

Joanne Chu, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York

Financing Your Global Expansion: Uncovering Alternative Sources of Funding That Help Your Bottom Line

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: Tom Strauss – Regional Director, US Dept of Commerce


Susan Kintanar, Regional Director, Export Import Bank of the United States

Darrel Hulsey, International Trade Specialist, Small Business Development Center, UGA

Asian Development Bank (ADB):  Bartlet W. Edes, Chief Representative, Asian Development Bank, North America Office

Henry Yu, President, Hong Kong Association of Atlanta

Strategy Workshop: Website Globalization Seminar with US Commercial Service

Facilitated by George Tracy, Director of the Atlanta US Commercial Service, this workshop will share insights about the low-cost to no-cost modifications to internationalize your website.  The US Commercial Service, part of the US Department of Commerce, promotes US products and services abroad.  The information provided is offered by the US Commercial Service’s Task Force on Website Optimization to businesses to assist them in maximizing their sales potential overseas.

Luncheon & Introductions

Luncheon and Introductions

Luncheon and Introductions of Key International Trade and Investment Organizations in Atlanta

Mary Waters, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)

Cesar Vence, Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA)

John Woodward, Vice President, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Max Sutherland, President & CEO, WTC Atlanta

Nathan Regan, Invest Atlanta

John C. Portman Global Leadership Award

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Harri Hursti, Founding Partner, Nordic Innovation Labs

Internationally recognized cybersecurity expert, Harri Hursti, will explore the darker side of cyberspace and discuss the mind of the adversary and the tools used to disrupt economies, elections, transportation, supply chains, power grids,  and financial systems.

Afternoon Plenary Panel

How Cybersecurity Affects Georgia's Key Industry Leaders

“Georgia ranks 11th in the country in imports and seventh in exports. Many of the state’s largest companies are dependent on international trade.” In the digital age, IT is the backbone of doing business and cybersecurity is critical to business success. This panel will discuss the latest technologies to combat global threats and the risks of not focusing sufficient resources on cybersecurity. The panelists will also discuss respective industry trends and opportunities for attendees to focus on innovative solutions when expanding their global presence and competing for market share – from the ability to leverage talent to sustainable technologies designed to meet increasing global demand. 

Moderator:  Andrew Morrison, Principal, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte


Phillip Parmer, Sr. Manager, IT Security Engineering, AGCO (FUSE & Precision Farming Solutions)

Bob Varnadoe, Chief Information Security Officer, NCR

Roger Mahler, AT&T

Closing Reception and Networking

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Committee Members


Danila Rizo Palmieri

VP Programs
Max Sutherland

Max Sutherland

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Dr. Ismael Fernandez

Cornell Hazelton

Cornell Hazelton

Mary Waters

Mary Waters