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15th Annual Global Business Conference

Creese Student Center
32nd and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Gearing for growth on a changing global landscape

In cooperation with Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia presents the 15th Annual Global Business Conference. Prepare for a year that promises continued change, challenge and opportunity in the world economy.


7:45 am Registration and Breakfast Networking Session

8:30 am Welcoming Remarks

  • Linda Mysliwy Conlin, President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
  • Vibhas Madan, Director, School of Economics, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University

8:40 am A Welcome from the City of Philadelphia

  • Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

8:45 am The 2018 Global Economic Outlook

  • Brendan LaCerda, Economist, Moody’s Analytics

9:15 am Market Panel: China and India

  • Alan Turley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for China and Mongolia, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum
  • Moderated by Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

10:00 am Break

10:30 am Roundtable Discussion: The Modernization of NAFTA

  • Colin Bird, Minister-Counsellor for Trade and Economic Policy, Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
  • Guillermo Malpica, Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico, Washington, D.C.
  • Moderated by: Amgad Shehata, Senior Vice President, International Public Affairs and Strategy, UPS

11:15 am Keynote Address: A New Era in Medicine: Transforming Health Care for Genetic Disease

  • Jeffrey D. Marrazzo, Chief Executive Officer, Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Interviewed by: Stephanie Stahl, CBS Medical Reporter, KYW-TV

Who should attend?


  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Alumni


  • Economics
  • International Business