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Tony Abbott (Exclusively WSB)

Tailoring his remarks to the needs of your audience, Tony Abbott is able to explore a wide variety of subject matter such as: the global economy; global trade; leadership; terrorism and security in the 21st Century; foreign policy; Europe; China; the Middle East; the future of Asia from a Western perspective; indigenous Australia; welfare state; political outlook; and behind-the-scenes insight to timely geopolitical events.

Tony Abbott (Exclusively WSB)

During Tony Abbott’s tenure as Prime Minister, Australia became the first Western country to enter into a free trade agreement with China. As such, Abbott has strong ties with China and is uniquely qualified to discuss and explore the country’s short- and long-term future. Abbott is additionally able to provide an acute Western perspective on the most pressing geopolitical and global economic issues of the day as they relate to Asia.

Shaukat Aziz (Exclusively WSB)

As international markets suffer, growth in emerging economies continues to increase, causing global markets to become increasingly dependent on the economies of developing countries. Pakistan’s economy experienced an unprecedented boom in the early 21st Century, a success attributed largely to the efforts of Minister of Finance Shaukat Aziz. When Aziz began his tenure as minister of finance in 1999, Pakistan’s lack of credibility within the global financial market discouraged foreign investment, resulting in declining exports and abating normal capital inflows. As a result of Aziz’s implementation of debt reduction programs and the securing of hundreds of millions of dollars in loans, Pakistan’s economy experienced a growth rate of 6.4% per year. By the end of his tenure in 2007, Pakistan’s economy was one of the fastest growing global economies. Based on his knowledge of the global economy Aziz shares with audiences:

  • The current status of global markets and the role of developing countries
  • The role of organizations like the World Bank in providing financial aid to developing countries
  • The future of the global economy
  • Designing a structural reform agenda for sustainable growth
  • Emerging challenges for the global financial sector

Shaukat Aziz (Exclusively WSB)

Age-old conflict in the Middle East and parts of Asia continue to derail a focus on the other issues that plague the region including poverty, hunger, disease, and illiteracy. To truly tackle the systemic challenges of the region, tensions must first be reduced and countries must join together for a common purpose. As the prime minister of Pakistan, Aziz worked closely with leaders of other countries on peace, security and economic prosperity. In this enlightening presentation the prime minister will underscore the need for:

  • An assessment of the current events of the regions and what core issues must be addressed
  • A renewed commitment to regional peace, security and economic prosperity
  • How Pakistan must serve as a key player as a major Muslim country, which can be a stabilizing influence for the entire Muslim world and the world at large.
  • Root Causes of Terrorism and Possible Solutions
  • Bridging the Gaps Between Faiths and the Need for Promoting Interfaith Harmony

Shaukat Aziz (Exclusively WSB)

In 1999, Shaukat Aziz was asked to return to his home country of Pakistan to institute reforms that would aid the country's struggling economy. Dedicated to helping Pakistan, Aziz left his top management position at Citibank and assumed the Finance Minister position pro-bono. Throughout his eight years working in the Pakistani government as Finance Minister and then as Prime Minister, Aziz led the fledgling country through massive social and financial reform. Aziz worked to capture the hearts and minds of his constituents and was able to enact considerable social reforms including the promotion of women's rights and education as well as expanding Pakistan's role in global diplomacy. While initiating reform that changed the government's approach to managing global issues and leveraging its position in the global community, Aziz implemented broad-based structural reforms that led Pakistan to become one of the fastest growing powers in Asia. Aziz engages audiences with a discussion of:

  • How to lead change management efforts at the global level, in business and in state affairs
  • The persistence it takes to implement reform with a population that is resistant to change
  • Cultural and political impediments to reform

José María Aznar (Exclusively WSB)

Before José María Aznar took office as prime minister, his country was experiencing high unemployment and little growth. Aznar immediately instituted reforms—liberalizing the market and privatizing industry—bold moves that increased Spain’s GNP by 68% and propelled Spain to the eighth largest economy in the world. Now Aznar shares with audiences worldwide his strategies for reviving flagging economies and shows businesses how to profit in the new market-oriented Europe. Today, his country is now sinking under sovereign debt and facing severe austerity measures and a recession predicted to shrink its economy by 0.8% in 2012. Aznar explores the nature of the financial virus that afflicted Europe, the likelihood of global contagion and what can be done to prevent it.

José María Aznar (Exclusively WSB)

In this illuminating presentation, José María Aznar, Spain's prime minister from 1996 to 2004, explores how current international policy affects free trade in Europe, the U.S. and other countries around the world. Aznar shares with audiences the power and purpose of globalization and commercial relations, highlighting in particular the ramifications for underdeveloped countries. Aznar focuses on building stability and encouraging development in Latin America, where Spain has many links. He also details how globalization and commercial relations particularly favor those in underdeveloped countries, and stresses the importance of the “Atlantic link,” the interconnectivity of Europe and the U.S. as they strive to open up new markets around the world.

José María Aznar (Exclusively WSB)

What are the qualities of a great leader? How does one lead people where they might not want to go? José María Aznar knows. The prime minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004, Aznar led his country out of years of decline by instituting reforms that, though initially resisted, led to an economic and cultural revival. In addition, he held firm in his resistance to terror and his support for the U.S., even when polls indicated he do otherwise. Now Aznar shares his ideas about leadership on the world stage about the responsibilities and attributes of leaders, and how they can change their people, organizations and countries for the better.

José María Aznar (Exclusively WSB)

From his unique perspective as Spain’s prime minister from 1996 to 2004, José María Aznar explores how, over the past year, the promise and great expectations of “the Arab Spring” have turned into a new and less optimistic reality—“the Arab Winter.” Aznar shares with his audiences his concerns for the future of the region and the interests of the West. He looks at the long neglect of pro-Western groups in North Africa and the Gulf as the West sought to avoid friction with existing rulers, creating contradictory political and military strategies among those nations. The formulation of “an approach that is not shortsighted or naïve” is, he believes, essential—that if the West applauds everything, it will fail to establish positive relations with emerging regimes.

José Manuel Barroso (Exclusively WSB)

With an equal measure of sincerity and wit, José Manuel Barroso draws on his vast experiences to put the current geopolitical environment into context during this engaging and enlightening presentation. Audience members take away a modern and rationalized understanding of the geopolitical, economic and cultural pressures that must be faced to continue strengthening Europe’s global influence, create stability for the world’s citizens, and to promote a growth environment for multinational business.

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