Global Upstate Conference

on International Business & World Affairs

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Registration

Pre-Registration is required. No tickets will be sold at the door & will be available soon!

Schedule

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Speakers

A diverse group of professionals representing global industries.

A Global Affairs Conference in South Carolina

Learn Global, Network Local

The 2023 Global Upstate Conference on International Business and World Affairs, presented by the World Affairs Council Upstate and hosted at the City of Greer Event Hall and the Cannon Centre, is an interdisciplinary event that will bring scholars and leaders together for serious and thoughtful discussions about the most pressing issues and opportunities facing the world.

Over the course of two days in October 2023, the conference will host representatives of different international companies, government agencies, national think-tanks, universities, the military, non-governmental organizations, and many more.

Engage

Discuss the most pressing issues and opportunities facing the world.

Connect

With a diverse group of professionals from global industries.

Plan

For future global impact with concepts from the conference.

Ignite

Instigate international change by applying solutions locally.

Conference Registration

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Pre-Registration is required. No tickets will be sold at the door.

2023 Speakers

Speakers & Panelists of International Note

From ambassadors to Foreign Service officials to presidential speechwriters, the Global Upstate Conference on International Business & World Affairs is bringing movers and shakers with worldwide impact to the Upstate of South Carolina to share their insights, tell their stories, and shed light on international trends.

Giving you details and context and personal experience which can’t be gleaned from newspaper headlines or cable news talking heads, the conference speakers and panelists listed below will give you a front seat to the most important trends, deals, and conflicts taking place in the world today.

Lawrence Wilkinson
Chairman of Heminge & Condell
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Bob Chapman
Chairman & CEO, Barry-Wehmiller
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Alexander Schad
Nedlloyd Lines & Chairman of the Board, Frederic Schad 
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Chris Richardson
General Counsel and COO at BDV Solutions
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Christian Tschurtschenthaler
Vice President Technical Planning BMW Group Americas, South Africa
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Katherine Palmer Kaup
James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics and International Affairs, Furman University
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Christian Hermann
Of Counsel at Ogletree Deakins
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Vladimir Maletic, MD
Clinical Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia
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Rachel Hutchisson
Social Impact Leader
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Dr. Katie Brown
Founder & Chief Education Officer at EnGen
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Stephanie Buccolo
Chief Supply Officer (CSO) and member of the executive management team for AFL.
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Mary Kay Magistad
Deputy Director of Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations
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Marie Yovanovitch
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Elizabeth Watson
Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives, Upstate SC Alliance
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Jennifer Stoner
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Katie Ovenden
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Tom Tyra
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John Morrow
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John Ling
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Jacob Olcott
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Lisa DeWaard
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Byron Miller
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Rachel Vanderhill
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Brian Shea
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James Partridge
Industry Practice Lead & Sales Manager
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Neil Burton
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Maurie Lawrence
VP Sustainability, Associate General Counsel of Milliken & Company
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Ani Agnihotri
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Oliver Bilstein
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Kacie Jackson
Industrial Sales & Leasing at Cushman & Wakefield
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Lee Ferrell
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Subodh Karnik
ManaAir, Chairman and Managing Member
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Ken Zwerdling
Founder & CEO, Global Expansion Inc
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Sallie Turnbull
Director of Internships, Career Programming at API
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Aaron Brickman
Senior Principal, U.S. Program at Rocky Mountain Institute
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Bob Scalise
Managing Director, Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC
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Carla Edwards
Manager of the International Trade Program at SC Department of Commerce Business Services Division
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Charles Dunst
Deputy Director of Research & Analytics at The Asia Group
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David Olave
Associate and Trade Policy Advisor at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
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David Snepp
Senior Director, Head of Defense, Intelligence & Law Enforcement at Americas Moody's Analytics
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Frank Davis
General Counsel
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Hank McCullough
Senior Manager, Government & Community Relations at Piedmont Natural Gas
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Hannah Terpack
Director of Career Management at the University of South Carolina Upstate
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Helena Harte
Political Science and History double major at Clemson University
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Kevin Cassidy
Director & Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations for the International Labour Organization
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Lida Nadery Hedayat
Associate Director at Counterpart International
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Maggi Whiston
Double Degree Master of International Business candidate at the University of South Carolina
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Matthew Placek
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate
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mutindi ndunda
Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at the School of Education, College of Charleston
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Sonata Coulter
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
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Srikanth Kodeboyina
Founder & Managing Partner, Blue Eye Soft/Blue Space
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Susan Marx
Director of the Human Rights Program for the Carter Center
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Tony Bartelme
Journalist at The Post and Courier in Charleston
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Young Jin Bae
CEO & President at SE Green Energy
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Conference Schedule

Plan your conference & maximum the impact of your attendance.

Tuesday, October 3

8:00 | Registration check-in, doors open, City of Greer Event Hall Lobby

8:30 | International Trade Breakfast Buffet, seating opens Cannon Centre – The conference opening event is an International Trade Breakfast with opening speaker then discussion with table leaders. (C suite executives and international consular corps representatives)

9:00 – 10:15 AM | International Trade Breakfast begins

10:30 – 11:45 AM | Morning Panel Sessions

  • Panel 1 – Global Trade in the Upstate – Infrastructure
  • Panel 2- Democracy, Authoritarianism, and Protests

12:00 – 1:45 PM | Lunch Panel / Presentation, Cannon Centre
Company Culture and Impact to Productivity

2:00 – 3:15 PM | Afternoon Panel Sessions A

  • Panel 3 – Global Trade in the Upstate: Supply Chain
  • Panel 4 – “A Smart Girl” – Education Restrictions and the Cost in Human Terms

3:30 – 4:45 PM | Afternoon Panel Sessions B

  • Panel 5 – Cybersecurity
  • Panel 6 – Preparing for the Global Workforce: Student Perspectives

5:00 – 7:00 PM | Keynote Dinner, Cannon Centre

Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry Wehmiller Companies

Wednesday, October 4

8:00 | Registration check-in, doors open, coffee

9:00 – 10:15 AM | Morning Panel Sessions A

  • Panel 1 – Integrating and Leveraging Immigrant Workforce
  • Panel 2 – Strengthening the University: Global Employer Relationship

10:30 – 11:45 AM | Morning Panel Sessions B

  • Panel 3 – India Today: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Panel 4 – The Future of Korea

12:00 – 1:45 PM | Lunch Panel/Presentation, Cannon Centre – Visionary Leadership

2:00 – 3:15 PM | Afternoon Panel Sessions A

  • Panel 5 – Ukraine / Russia: What Happens Next?
  • Panel 6 – Responsible Sourcing: Who are you doing business with?

3:30 – 4:45 PM | Afternoon Panel Sessions B

  • Panel 7 – China’s Influence on Business
  • Panel 8 – Climate Change – Energy Constraints and Economic Development

5:00 – 7:00 PM | Keynote Dinner and Networking Reception, Cannon Centre

Energy World Wide

Topics

The most pressing global issues & opportunities
  • Visionary Leadership
  • Company Culture and Impact to Productivity
  • Global Trade in the Upstate – Infrastructure
  • Global Trade in the Upstate – Supply Chain Trends and Regulatory Influences
  • India Today
  • Integrating and Leveraging Immigrant Workforce
  • Cybersecurity
  • Who are you doing business with? – Responsible sourcing
  • “A Smart Girl” – Girls Education restrictions and the cost in human terms
  • Ukraine – What happens next?
  • Instabilities and opportunities in Asia
  • Strengthening the University-Global Employee Relationship
  • Climate Change, Energy Constraints and Economic Development
  • Foreign Policy 2023

How can I sponsor the conference?

For information about sponsorship opportunities, reach out to Tracie Frese or Brianna Woodsby, our sponsorship coordinators.

Tracie Frese

Executive Director Upstate International and World Affairs Council Upstate

Brianna Woodsby

Chairman Global Upstate Conference

Past Conference Speakers

Robert Blake
Kevin Cassidy
Trevor Rubenzer
Ben Cubitt
Tom James
Burkhard Jaeger
Jennifer B. Floyd
Chris Richardson
Greg White
W. Robert Pearson
Brian Dill
David Manning
Chung-Yean Chiang
Daniel Cutts
Ann Morrison
John Herbst
Frank Fisher
Rhonda Gibby
Steve Nail
Katherine Palmer Kaup
Alison Kosnett
Paul Berg
Bill Clifford
Henrik Larsen
Robyn Grable
Samantha Spratt
Christian Tschurtschenthaler
Donald Morrison
Philip S. Kosnett
Akan Malici
Reid Lohr
Kevin L. Jackson
Dave Edwards
Grant Burns
Christian Hermann
Brian Kirk
Dorette Coetsee
Seán Adam
David Snepp
J. Blackmon

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Frequently Asked Questions

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City of Greer Event Hall and The Cannon Centre

301 E Poinsett St, Greer, South Carolina

The Global Upstate Conference on International Business & World Affairs, co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council Upstate, is an interdisciplinary event that will bring scholars and leaders together for serious and thoughtful discussions about the most pressing issues facing the world.

For general conference inquires, please contact the Upstate International Office: 864-631-2188

For sponsorship information, please contact:

Tracie Frese

tracie@upstateinternational.org or 864-434-2021

Brianna Woodsby

Brianna.Woodsby@aflglobal.com or 864-590-5802

Putting on an event like this requires all kinds of skills and contributions. Whether you are student looking for an internship opportunity or whether you are a working professional simply wanting to help, we’d love to have you on board.

Email Tracie@upstateinternational.org with a description of how you’d like to contribute and include a copy of your resume, and we’ll reach out to discuss volunteering opportunities.

Sponsorships not only help bring world leaders to the Upstate of South Carolina, enabling South Carolinians to build connections across the globe, but they also expose business leaders and deal makers to your company’s name and mission.

You can download the sponsorship packages and benefits by clicking here.

Conference Leadership Team

Meet the team of educators and business leaders that are organizing the Global Upstate Conference on International Business & World Affairs.

Brianna Woodsby

Director of Compliance & International Trade, AFL

Heidi Wenninger

Global Marketing Director, BW Flexible Systems

Kyle Anderson, PhD

VP of Strategic Programming, Academic Programs International

Tracie Frese

Executive Director, Upstate International and World Affairs Council Upstate

Elizabeth Feather

Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives, Upstate SC Alliance

Cleve Fraser

Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Furman University

Aviva Freudmann

Retired Business/Economics Journalist

Nisha Godbole

Feature Team Lead, BMW Manufacturing Co.

Andrew Pyle

Associate Professor of Communication & Interim Director, Clemson University Honors College

José A. Sagarnaga Castill

Clinical Assistant Professor & General Management Area Coordinator Department of Management, Clemson University

Jonathan Valadez

Community Action Coordinator, Hispanic Alliance

Blake Whitaker

Senior Vice President/Office Leader, Pinnacle Financial Partners

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