Global Business Forum Explores the Future of Europe

  • Nicholas Veron
    Nicolas Véron, visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, will be one of the international speakers visiting campus for the Global Business Forum March 13-17. (Courtesy photo)
  • Michalis Nikiforos
    Michalis Nikiforos, Ph.D., research scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, will deliver presentations, will present Thursday, March 16, about the future of southern Europe as part of the Global Business Forum. (Courtesy photo)
March 8, 2017

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WACO, Texas (March 10, 2017) – International experts will gather at Baylor University for the 11th annual Global Business Forum to explore the future of Europe March 13-17.

“The Global Business Forum connects Baylor with the worlds of global business, policy and service,” said H. Stephen Gardner, Ph.D., Herman Brown Professor of Economics and director of the McBride Center for International Business in the Hankamer School of Business. “Every year, we gather global scholars, business professionals and public officials on our campus to explore important issues that require international cooperation.”

Previous Global Business Forum topics have included Middle Eastern trade and development, global issues in education, NAFTA and women in business. This year’s theme is “The Future of Europe.”

“This is a most important moment in the history of Europe,” Gardner said. “March 2017 is the target date for negotiations to commence on British withdrawal from the European Union, and we are also facing elections in several European countries where populist and nationalist parties have been gathering strength. These are the new and complicated realities that will influence the lives of our students and our friends around the world.”

Global Business Forum events throughout the week include a film and discussion, lectures, a keynote dinner and a luncheon.

MONDAY, March 13

“After Brexit: The Struggle for Europe” Film and Discussion – The Global Business Forum will host a showing of the film “After Brexit: The Struggle for Europe” at 3:30 p.m. in Room 144 of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, 1621 S. Third St.


Keynote Dinner – The Keynote Dinner will feature speaker Michael Frenkel, Ph.D., professor of economics and associate dean for international relations and diversity at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz, Germany, at 6 p.m. in Meyer Conference Center in the Foster Campus.

“Dr. Frenkel is an imminent scholar who has held positions at the University of Mainz and the International Monetary Fund, and has held visiting positions at Harvard, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon and other institutions,” Gardner said. “We have an exchange program with WHU, so this will also provide an opportunity to deepen the relationship between Baylor and that very excellent business school in Germany.”

Registration is required. Click here to register.

The View from Eastern Europe – Jorge Zukoski, former senior business development representative with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Corey D. Munn, global business manager for the advanced materials division of 3M, will deliver presentations at 9:30 a.m. in Room 144 of the Foster Campus.

Zukoski served as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine from 1998 to 2014. Munn worked in business development regional leadership for Central East Europe and Middle East Africa. Munn has lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Warsaw, Poland.

Medical and Information Technology in Europe – Andreas Kannenberg, Ph.D., executive medical director of Ottobock North America, and Andrea Glorioso, Counsellor for the Digital Economy at the Delegation of the European Union in Washington, D.C., will deliver presentations at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Foster Campus.

In his work for Ottobock North America, an affiliate of the global medical technology firm based in Germany, Kannenberg coordinates research for new products, initiation and management of clinical trials, medical training and medical support for negotiations with healthcare clients. Glorioso serves as the liaison between the U.S. and the E.U. on policy, regulation and research activities related to the internet and information and communication technologies.

Keynote Luncheon – The Keynote Luncheon will feature speaker Nicolas Véron, visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., at 12:30 p.m. in Room 250 of the Foster Campus. Véron is also senior fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based economic policy think tank. Registration is required. Click here to register.

European Political and Social Environment – James Hollifield, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University, and Mitchell P. Smith, Ph.D., associate dean of academic affairs in the College of International Studies and the Max and Heidi Berry Chair and Professor in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver presentations at 2 p.m. in Room 144 of the Foster Campus.

Hollifield has worked as a consultant for the U.S. government, the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Labour Organization. Hollifield is also the author of numerous books, including Immigrants, Markets and States and Pathways to Democracy: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions. Smith has been a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Affairs and a visiting fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium. Smith is the author of several books and articles, such as Environmental and Health Regulation in the United States and the European Union: Protecting Public and Planet.

The View from Southern Europe – Aránzazu Narbona, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Saint Louis University in Madrid, and Michalis Nikiforos, Ph.D., research scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, will deliver presentations at 3:30 p.m. in Room 144 of the Foster Campus.

Narbona teaches on the political economy of the E.U. and contemporary European issues. Narbona is also managing director of iTrainGlobal, an international provider of corporate training courses. Nikiforos works on a macroeconomic model of the U.S. economy for the Levy Economics Institute and has published papers in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the Review of Keynesian Economics and others.

Global Issues Challenge: The Future of the EU after Brexit – Global Business Connect will host a student competition at 2 p.m. in Room 144 of the Foster Campus.

The Global Business Forum is free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to register for the keynote dinner or luncheon.

by Kalli Damschen, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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