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Madeleine K. Albright (Exclusively WSB)

As a former Secretary of State and current businesswoman, Madeleine Albright has a deep understanding of the connections that exist between international economic developments and geopolitical security. No one is better positioned than Albright to offer insights about the policy challenges faced by President Trump or to analyze the strategies being employed by other world leaders, including those in such pivotal countries as China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Iran. Dr. Albright is an expert on how decisions are made at the global level and has strong opinions on the pros and cons of investing in emerging markets. She also speaks with force, clarity and humor on the many parallels that exist between operating a business and managing world affairs.

As a current Senior Advisor to a new $2bn global impact fund, Alexander provides experienced insight into macroeconomic changes and the business potential of developing responsible practices. As a former UK International Development Secretary and current advisor to U2 Frontman Bono, on investment and development in Africa, Alexander provides a depth of knowledge on securing ethical investment to tackle global poverty, the role of private equity, and Government involvement in enterprises across the continent. Having served at the UK Governor of the World Bank and UK Trade Minister, Alexander offers invaluable analysis of trends in global finance, cryptocurrency, and cybercrime helping businesses identify challenges and opportunities and describes how businesses and organizations can lead and succeed in the changing global economy.

Alexander discusses the global trendlines beneath today’s headlines that are shaping politics and economics in what many see as the Asian Century. Following nine years at the highest levels of Government in the UK - including as Minister for South and SouthEast Asia and as the UK’s Governor of the World Bank and a post politics academic and business career, Alexander offers a unique perspective on current global affairs and an understanding of the prevalence of authoritarian regimes in East-Asia. He offers an analysis of Asian markets and diplomatic relationships across the region, with a specific focus on China's push to take a larger role in global affairs through the One Belt One Road Initiative. Alexander explains how increased connectivity and cooperation between China, the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt, the oceangoing Maritime Silk Road and Eurasian countries provides important opportunities for growth and partnership in business across the globe.

A combination of economic anger, cultural anxiety, and political alienation is changing our societies, impacting our economies, and altering our politics. Alexander explains how these factors, combined with the advent of social media, have given rise to populist movements across the West; resulting in the election of President Trump in the USA and the UK's decision to leave the European Union. Alexander discusses the implications of a Trump administration on the West’s economic partnerships and security alliances. With both the transatlantic relationship and European unity at risk, Alexander explores how the West is confronting the new authoritarianism from Asia in the East to Europe’s borders in the West. Utilizing his experience as former UK Europe Minister and Minister for South and South East Asia, together with his ongoing work with the Future of Diplomacy program at Harvard Kennedy School, Alexander offers an analysis of the impact of Britain’s Brexit on business in terms of trade, investment, regulation, and the relocation of financial and other EU institutions from London to other European cities and what this means for long term economic growth and diplomatic relations across the West.

James Baker, III (Exclusively WSB)

Mr. Baker served as secretary of state as the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War ended, leaving the United States in a uniquely preeminent position – diplomatically, militarily and economically. Now, he says, terrorism and the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction have summoned the United States to a new and more difficult kind of leadership, both for our nation's own protection and to preserve peace and stability around the world. Mr. Baker reviews these and other global challenges, such as turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East, North Korea's nuclear challenge, the need to integrate China into the international system, and the continuing battle for free trade and investment.

James Baker, III (Exclusively WSB)

Wearing his hat as a former secretary of the treasury, Baker provides valuable insights on the current economic situation. Baker is an advocate for low taxes, restrained federal spending, deregulation, sound money and other policies that sparked two decades of economic growth and worldwide economic liberalization. He offers his perspective on which steps should be taken to ensure the economy is headed in the right direction and the financial markets thrive.

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.

José Manuel Barroso (Exclusively WSB)

During his tenure as President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso earned global praise for his leadership and guidance of 28 nation states toward a burgeoning and more peaceful future. He offers earnest and unique insights regarding the future of the European Union, and with gravitas and humor, shares with audience members the lessons he has learned and challenges faced. Expanding on his belief that the forces of solidarity within the EU, both economically and politically, are stronger than the forces of fragmentation, Barroso analyzes cultural differences, security, global economies and Germany’s role as an economic powerhouse, and examines how these powerful issues and opportunities could impact your organization.

José Manuel Barroso (Exclusively WSB)

In this moderated discussion, José Manuel Barroso examines subject matters such as: the future of the European Union, international security, the global economy, geopolitical trends, multicultural solidarity, emerging markets, and major nations of global concern such as America, China, Russia, Germany and Brazil. This presentation is focused and tailored to meet the specific needs of your audience.

State Department cables expose the nature of China's economic march throughout Africa. One document quotes the U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs—in rare candor—describing China as "a very aggressive and pernicious economic competitor with no morals."? ?Behar’s award-winning exposes have long documented this uncomfortable truth—even as every American President since Nixon has embraced the same policy: Trade with China and time is on our side. But what if it’s not true? What if we are only helping cement the Communist Party’s grip on the nation? How can the West get out of this economic and ethical conundrum? China’s economy, at this stage of its development, is vastly corrupt in ways most Westerners can’t imagine. The country is the world’s largest counterfeiter of Western products—and its economy would be seriously impacted if the Party honestly cracked down on those "fakes."?Meanwhile, from Algeria to Zambia, from aluminum on up the resource ladder to zinc, Behar will discuss an economic model of exploitation and corruption that is at once formidably efficient and tragically flawed—and how China’s new "scramble for Africa" is interlocked with America’s economy to the detriment of the world’s poorest citizens. On a planet that's being consumed by those who live on its surface, behind that Made-in-China tag at Wal-Mart and inside our iPods is a parasitical and mutually-reinforcing death spiral. With China now the world’s second-largest economy (and gaining fast on the U.S.), we all need to ask if this matrix is now set in stone.

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