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Past Events

A conversation with the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Michael Maineffi

February 26, 2024 (A BABCNE Member only event)

Hosted by Marsh McLennan Agency


The Lord Mayor made some opening remarks that were followed by a question and answer session, moderated by Jerry Alderman, President of BABCNE. The Lord Mayor gave a fascinating look inside the role of the Lord Mayor and the role of the City of London Corporation.  All were impressed by the extensive depth and breadth of knowledge he holds on the historical and modern contexts of business across his square mile (which was acknowledged as neither square, nor a mile!) and the wider UK.


In the US, the City of London Corporation is represented by US Managing Director, Ed Price, who would welcome contact from companies with/seeking investment opportunities in The City.


If you are not yet a member of the BABCNE and want access to events like this… lets chat!  I can be reached on 617 943 7861.

All the best,

Urszula Wojciechowska, Executive Director

International Business Forum: 
“Geopolitical Climate and Implications for International Business”

February 27, 2024


Excellent turnout on February 27, 2024 for the 30th Annual Global Business Alliance of New England Business Forum and Networking evening at Suffolk University - Sawyer Business School.

Our thanks to our host, Ken Vacovec, Founding Partner, VMS.

The evening opened with remarks by Amy Zeng, Dean of Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School, whose research expertise lies in supply chain risk management and tactics, reverse and sustainable supply chain analysis and design, and global logistics process management. She was followed by:

James Reginald Colimon, Deputy Director of Global Affairs & Protocol, Mayor’s Office, City of Boston, and Jeevan Ramapriya, Executive Director, MOITI.

Jerry Alderman, BABCNE President and Chief Executive Officer, Marsh McLennan Agency, NE Region set the stage for the panel discussion to follow, which was moderated by Doug Banks, Executive Editor, Boston Business Journal.

Panelists give a birds-eye view of the current situation and what companies should prepare for:


  • Geopolitical/ Economic Landscape: Shahruz Mohtadi, Associate Professor,

  • Department of Economics, Suffolk University

  • Export/Imports/ Supply Chain: Betty Robson, President, JF Moran

  • Sustainability/Climate: Nick Rancis, Manager Innovation, National Grid Partners and Board Member, Fraunhofer USA

  • Cybersecurity: Mariano Nunez, President, Onapsis

  • Compliance issues: Paula Murphy, Director, Mass Export Center

Urszula Wojciechowska, M.B.E., BABCNE Executive Director, and founder of Global Business Alliance of New England and the GBANE Forum, was honored for her long standing contributions to International Trade in this region, by James Reginald Colimon, (City of Boston) and Jeevan Ramapriya (MOITI Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment).

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In Celebration of International Women's Day:
"What is ahead for Women's Entrepreneurship?"

March 7, 2024


What a fantastic evening with inspiring, accomplished, and outspoken women on the eve of International Women's Day!

So many #smiles and #wows as we had the honor of co-hosting a wonderfully engaging panel discussion and networking event to celebrate International Women's Day with an incredibly talented group of women entrepreneurs! While the topic was serious (What's Ahead for Women in Entrepreneurship?) the overall message was that ✔ grit ✔ hard work ✔ fearlessness ✔ (a little) craziness ✔ enthusiasm ✔ support network ✔ mentor & coach, will get you very far!

Thank you for your insightful experiences and fun, Floris Engelhardt, Marie Meslin, Darlene Hollywood, Past BABCNE President, Kaarina Kvaavik and Kara Lund, our moderator.

Thank you Joséphine Fédou Grison and Ipsen team for joining us and sponsoring our evening celebration!

Thank you Maud Albrieux-Hollaender, Karen Pevenstein, Nicole Ferry-Lacchia, Emily Westhoven, Magdalena Huber, Maja Dahlberg and Urszula Wojciechowska, M.B.E. for being wonderful partners as always.

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