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World Trade Center Global Business Conference at LeBow

February 21, 2012

The ninth annual Global Business Conference, will be held on Tuesday, February 28, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall at Drexel University. The event is organized by the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) in partnership with Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. This year’s conference, Mapping the Global Economy in 2012 will give an outlook on global market trends by leading economists and discuss a new paradigm to accelerate U.S. firms’ success in global markets.

“Our annual Global Business Conference is designed to arm forward-thinking executives with the tools and resources needed to navigate an increasingly complex global marketplace,” stated Linda Mysliwy Conlin, President of The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.

The conference will begin with a discussion featuring leading economists, David Kotok, chief investment officer of Cumberland Advisors, Inc., and David Malpass, president of Encima Global LLC. The panel will be moderated by William C. Dunkelberg, Ph.D., chair of the board of directors at the Global Interdependence Center.

“Economic globalization presents a myriad of challenges and opportunities,” stated George P. Tsetsekos, dean of Drexel LeBow. This conference connects participants with regional, national and international policymakers and thought-leaders who can help us prepare to thrive in an increasingly global business environment.”

Former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and internationally recognized trade expert Grant Aldonas will provide the luncheon keynote address which will present a new paradigm for advancing U.S. global economic leadership and positioning companies to succeed in an evolving global economy. He is currently the principal managing director for Split Rock International, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting and investment advisory firm. “Globalization has fundamentally altered the basis of world trade,” stated Aldonas. “Not only are smaller and medium-sized firms more likely to reach global markets, they increasingly are called on to innovate and invest with full certainty in the next generation of products, in addition to ensuring the highest quality at competitive prices.”

Attendees will also learn how free trade agreements can open new markets and increase the global competitiveness of U.S. products from Chris Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy for the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Editor-in-Chief for Americas Quarterly. Kevin O’Shea, Minister of Political Affairs for the Canadian Embassy, will discuss how the Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Initiative represents the most important trade initiative between the U.S. and Canada since NAFTA.

Sponsors: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, HSBC, PARIS Technologies, Passport Health, Kreischer Miller, BDP International, and Fulton International Group.

The event provides area companies with an opportunity to learn about global market trends, and gain practical tools to grow global sales. Register at or by calling 215.586.4240.