2021 Annual Forum
April 13, 2021
The Center for Global Business’ Annual Forum is an event occurring every spring that brings together distinguished voices from the academic, policy, diplomatic, and business communities to speak on a different theme each year.
This year, save the date for the 3rd Annual Forum on Tuesday, April 13. Kislaya Prasad, academic director of the Center for Global Business, will lead a discussion with Mauro Guillén, author of "2030: How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything."
About the Speaker
Mauro F. Guillén
Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Mauro F. Guillén is the Zandman Professor of International Management at the Wharton School, with secondary appointments as professor of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and professor of education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His research deals with globalization, the future of consumer and financial markets, and the diffusion of innovations in the global economy. His research and teaching have earned him awards from the American Sociological Association, the Social Science History Association, the Academy of Management, the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and the Aspen Institute.
He holds a PhD in sociology from Yale, and a doctorate in political economy and business management from the University of Oviedo in his native Spain. He is a former Fulbright and Guggenheim fellow, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is an elected fellow of the Sociological Research Association and of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society. He served as director of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies between 2007 and 2019. He is presently a member of the Benjamin Franklin Society at Penn.
Guillén is the author of a dozen books published by university presses, including Cambridge, Chicago, Oxford, Penn, Princeton, and Yale on topics dealing with the history of management, the dynamics of globalization, the response to pandemics, and the history of modernist architecture. Most recently, he is the author of "2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything" (St. Martin’s Press), which became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller and a Financial Times Book of the Year, and is being translated into Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Romanian, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
His online classes on Coursera and edX have attracted over 100,000 participants from around the world. He will launch a class on globalization as part of Penn’s online BA offered by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies during the spring of 2021.
On a lighter note, he was a member of the University of Oviedo basketball team, which won Spain’s National College Tournament in 1987.
The Annual Forum is sponsored in part by the Centers for International Business Education, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Past Annual Forums
The Center for Global Business’ Annual Forum is an event occurring every spring that brings together distinguished voices from the academic, policy, diplomatic, and business communities to speak on a different theme each year. This year we welcomed three experts to speak on Global Trade and the Coming Climate Disruption.
- Paul Brenton, Lead Economist for Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice, The World Bank
- Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
- Robert Orr, Dean and Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Kislaya Prasad, the academic director of the Center for Global Business, led the discussion. Experts offered insights on the links between global trade and climate change, how policies regarding either issue will impact the other, and the importance that leadership from both complexities need to work together to achieve any progress.
About the Speakers
Lead Economist in the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice, The World Bank
Paul Brenton focuses on analytical and operation work on trade and regional integration. He has been leading the implementation of World Bank lending operations such as the $140million Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project in DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. He recently co-authored the joint World Bank-WTO report on The Role of Trade in Ending Poverty and has managed a range of policy-oriented volumes including De-Fragmenting Africa: Deepening Regional Trade Integration in Goods and Services; Africa can Help Feed Africa, and Carbon Footprints and Food Systems: Do Current Accounting Methodologies Disadvantage Developing Countries? Brenton joined the World Bank in 2002, having previously been a senior research fellow and head of the Trade Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. Before that, he lectured in economics at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He has a PhD in economics from the University of East Anglia. A collection of Brenton’s work has been published in the volume international Trade, Distribution and Development: Empirical Studies of Trade Policies. Many of his research and policy papers are available online.
Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Alice Hill is a senior fellow for climate change policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work at CFR focuses on the risks, consequences, and responses associated with climate change. Hill previously served as a special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff where she led the development of national policy to build greater resilience to catastrophic risk, including climate change. Earlier in her career, she was a supervising judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court and chief of the white-collar crime unit in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California. Oxford University Press published her co-authored book, Building a Resilient Tomorrow, in the fall of 2019. She currently serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund and Munich Re Group’s U.S. based companies.
Dean and Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Robert C. Orr serves as UMD School of Public Policy dean, United Nations under-secretary-general, and special advisor to the UN secretary-general on climate change. He also serves as president of NASPAA, the global association of public policy, affairs and administration schools. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Orr served as the assistant secretary-general for strategic planning in the Executive Office of the United Nations secretary-general from 2004 to 2014 and was the principal advisor to the secretary-general on counter-terrorism, peacebuilding, women’s and children’s health, sustainable energy, food and nutrition, institutional innovation, public-private partnership and climate change. Orr joined the United Nations from Harvard University where he served as the executive director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to this, he served as director of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. He has served in senior posts in the government of the United States, including deputy to the United States ambassador to the United Nations and director of global affairs at the National Security Council, where he was responsible for peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs.
The Center for Global Business Annual Forum is an event occurring every spring that brings together distinguished voices from the academic, policy, diplomatic, and business communities to speak on a different theme each year. This year we welcomed Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group’s President.
The discussion was led by Rebecca Bellinger, executive director, and Kislaya Prasad, academic director of the Center for Global Business. Bremmer offered insights into his new book, Us. Vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, including the battle between globalism and nationalism, free trade versus protectionism, the impact of increased access to communication technologies in the developing world, and how our social contracts might be re-imagined.
About Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is also the president and founder of GZERO Media, a Eurasia Group company dedicated to helping a broad, global audience make sense of today's leaderless world.
Bremmer is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Once dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as a professor at New York University. His latest book "Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism" is a New York Times bestseller.
In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington, San Francisco, London, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Tokyo, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. As the firm's president and most active public voice, Bremmer advices leading executives, money managers, diplomats, and heads of state. Read the full bio »