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16th Annual Global Business Conference

Creese Student Center
32nd and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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In cooperation with Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia presents the 16th Annual Global Business Conference: The Global Economy - Agile or Fragile? Navigating for Success in 2019.

Keynote Address
The Twin Engines of Prosperity - Innovation and Exports
Dr. Kris Singh, President and CEO, Holtec International

Hear Dr. Kris Singh’s perspectives on the twin engines of prosperity - innovation and exports - to power the region’s economy based on Holtec International’s experience.

Based in Camden, New Jersey, Holtec international connects globally and prospers locally. With nine major operation centers in seven countries on five continents, Dr. Kris Singh, Founder, President and CEO of Holtec International has been an economic generator for our region. The new Singh Center at the University of Pennsylvania focuses on innovation and is a hub for scientists and researchers, integrating state-of-the-art nanofabrication and nanocharacterization equipment to define new frontiers in nanotechnology.

Keynote Address
The U.S. and China - Relationship at a Crossroads
Craig Allen, President, U.S. - China Business Council

The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, at 19 and 13 trillion dollars respectively. China is the world’s largest manufacturing economy and trading country. Yet, our systems could not be more different.

• Is China’s “socialist market economy with Chinese characteristics” compatible with World Trade Organization (WTO) norms and regulations?
• Is China’s “socialist market economy with Chinese characteristics” a viable model to sustain robust economic growth in China for the foreseeable future?
• How will we manage increased economic, technological and strategic rivalry as China continues to grow more rapidly than the United States? How do we defend America’s interests and manage the inevitable conflict?
• What are the implications for our trade relationship and the road ahead for U.S. companies doing business in China?

2019 Outlook: The End of Easy
Kei Sasaki, CFA, Regional Chief Investment Officer, Northeast, Wells Fargo Private Bank

The end of easy does not mean the end of cycle. Rather, it means that conditions that have proven reliable throughout this extended and aging recovery are shifting. While new trends can introduce more volatility and uncertainty, they can also introduce new opportunities, in the U.S. and offshore. We will explore these opportunities alongside the emerging risks, and look beyond the horizon to seismic trends that are being shaped by global themes and how we might best position against them.

Key discussion topics:

• 2019 Outlook: what to expect as we move further into this aging recovery
• Navigating Volatility: managing risks, finding opportunities
• Focus Themes: China’s rise, demographics dynamics, the next recession

Panel Discussion: A View from the Top from America’s Key Trading Partners
Martha Bárcena Coqui, Ambassador of Mexico to the US


Who should attend?


  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Alumni


  • Economics
  • International Business