GBANE 2024: Geopolitical Climate and Implications for International Businesses

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024

The Global Business Alliance of New England (GBANE) is proud to present its 30th Annual International Business Forum & Networking Evening. Given the current geopolitical crises, the exponential emergence of new technologies (such as AI), the continued challenges to global suppy chains and the acceleration of extreme weather events, how are international businesses coping and planning within these new parameters?

The panel discussion with international experts will be moderated by Boston Business Journal Executive Editor Doug Banks and will be preceded by a keynote on “Future Risks” and followed by a networking reception.

Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024
Time: 5:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street in Boston
Admission: $30 GABC member | $50 non-member


5:30PM Check-in and Early Networking
6:00PM Welcome and Introductions

  • Amy Zeng, Dean of Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School
  • Host: Ken Vacovec, Suffolk University Law School Alum, Managing Partner, Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer and President of the MA Bar Foundation
  • James Reginald Colimon, Deputy Director of Global Affairs & Protocol, Mayor’s Office, City of Boston
  • Jeevan Ramapriya, Executive Director, MOITI

6:15PM Keynote:

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

6:30PM Panel Discussion with international business representativesand experts covering

  • Geopolitical Landscape: Shahruz Mohtadi, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Suffolk University
  • Export, Imports & Supply Chains: Betty Robson, President, JF Moran
  • Cybersecurity: Mariano Nunez, Founder and CEO, Onapsis
  • Sustainability: Nick Rancis, Manager Innovation, National Grid Partners | Board Member Fraunhofer USA

Moderator: Doug Banks, Executive Editor of the Boston Business Journal

followed by a Networking Reception.

About GBANE:

The Global Business Alliance of New England (GBANE), is a collaborative effort of more than 20 International business associations & government agencies. The aim is to facilitate regular interaction between these entities to promote business, trade relations and understanding with countries worldwide.

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GABC is a member of GBANE.