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Feb 27, 2024  |  Suffolk University
30th International Business Forum
& Networking Evening
“Geopolitical Climate and Implications for International Business”

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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