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Rajiv Shah, M.D. (Exclusively WSB)

As administrator of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah worked to launch major initiatives in an effort to refocus America’s global partnerships. Previously, Dr. Shah served in leadership positions at the United States Department of Agriculture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In his capacity at USAID, Dr. Shah led efforts in campaigns including Feed the Future, Power Africa, the Private Capital Group for Development and the Better Than Cash Alliance to harness the expertise of the world’s brightest scientists, students and entrepreneurs. He forged strategic relationships by bringing together private investors, multinational corporations and local entrepreneurs to improve services and drive investments globally. By rebuilding scientific partnerships, mobilizing global partners and leveraging more than $10 billion from 200 companies, the organization achieved the most significant reforms in food aid in 60 years. Dr. Shah recently launched similar efforts in India, gaining experience overseeing major power projects in Afghanistan and other frontier markets. During his tenure at USDA, Dr. Shah also led efforts to contribute to the U.S. government’s biofuels strategy, which focused on transitioning to second- and third-generation biofuels. Audiences will receive unmatched, practical insights as Dr. Shah explores topics such as the management of risks and opportunities in emerging markets today, innovative financial structure and the latest advancements in science and technology as they relate to the growth of their industry.

Wendy Sherman, the successful lead negotiator for the multilateral, complex deal with Iran, reveals strategies and tactics from her years of high-level international diplomacy that can help you achieve successful outcomes in business negotiations in a global economy and marketplace.

As U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, Ambassador Wendy Sherman became responsible for overseeing the United States’ diplomacy in every region of the world during her time at the State Department from 2011–2015. Sherman is able to offer a unique insider’s view of where the world is headed in the years ahead and how that will affect global business.

Ambassador Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator on the recently reached Iran deal, and named by The Jerusalem Post as the fourth most influential Jew in the world, sizes up the U.S. relationship with Israel, Iran and the Middle East in a point/counterpoint with another panelist.

The sharp recent turn in the U.S.-Russia relationship has driven a stake into what was left of a gasping effort on both sides to find common ground. Washington is focused on punishing Russia for its annexation of Crimea, its support of Syrian repression and, above all, its meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The narrative in Moscow, meanwhile, paints the United States as an overreaching power actively expanding the West’s footholds around Russia’s borders with an ultimate goal of regime change in the Kremlin itself. It’s not just that neither side knows how to get relations back on track, it’s that neither side wants to.

But can such an important relationship get even worse? Will the tensions over fake news and cyberspace spill over into nuclear re-armament or open hostilities? What guidance do the Cold War and post-Soviet relations offer to limit the risks and secure at least some cooperation on challenges of nuclear proliferation, energy policy or climate change?

Michael Smerconish’s daily interaction with his listeners across the country gives him a grassroots perspective on the critical matters facing our country from the state of our economy, the budget deficit, the future of health care and immigration to the divisiveness of political partisanship and civil discourse across the country. Using the perfect blend of analysis and humor, he delivers an engaging, thought-provoking and balanced dialogue on today’s issues, the 2016 Presidential election and the possible long-term implications of the polarization in politics over the coming years.

In this presentation, Willis Sparks outlines why global investors and business leaders must understand the national, regional, and global political trends that will create both the next wave of opportunities and new generation of risks that will define their operating environments for years to come. With vivid illustrations drawn from today’s headlines and tomorrow’s forecasts, Sparks details how and why politics and political interests will play an ever larger role in market outcomes around the world. Audiences will learn:

  • The market-moving impact of politics in the world’s most dynamic developed and developing states
  • Long-term geopolitical trends, including the rise of emerging market volatility
  • Country-by-country analysis of current internal political dynamics

Gene Sperling (Exclusively WSB)

Gene Sperling shares with audiences insights on today’s most pressing U.S. and global economic challenges—and solutions. Drawing on his recent experience serving as director of the National Economic Council and principal economic policy advisor for President Obama, Sperling provides an assessment of a myriad of global economic issues, including:

  • The Current U.S. and Global Economic Landscape
  • Critical Economic Policy Issues Impacting the U.S. Economy—Including Corporate Tax Reform, Government-Sponsored Economic Reform, Skill Challenges in the 21st Century and the impact and future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Economic Lessons from 12 Years in the West Wing

Sperling will share his remarks in either a speech format or conversational question-and-answer format with the audience.

After nearly 10 years at the four-star level as a global combatant commander and senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Admiral James Stavridis gives a global overview of risks, opportunities and strategies for successfully creating a secure nation, government and business community. This tour d’horizon is very effective for business audiences investing worldwide.

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