Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business

The Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS) presents the latest trends in international business and provokes conversation among undergraduate and graduate students, policy experts, and business executives alike.

The DSS helps to meet this goal by providing influential figures to speak on the following topics, among others:

  • Development in emerging markets
  • Critical impediments to U.S. prosperity and appropriate policy responses
  • How new economic powers affect U.S. business prospects

The DSS is supported by the Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for International Business Education (CIBE), a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education to foster international understanding and promote the ability for U.S. businesses to compete globally, and in particular, emerging markets.

Upcoming Event

The Global Shakeout - Global Trends 2020-2025

February 8, 2021
12:30-1:30 p.m.


Join the Center for Global Business and academic director, Kislaya Prasad for a discussion with Erik Peterson on the five significant trends that will dramatically shape the global outlook and operating environment. Trends include embattled governments, a push to national self-sufficiency, stranded segments of society, a rise in food insecurity, and industry consolidations, mergers, and acquisitions. Read the full report.

Past Events

Global Trade in the New Year

The Center for Global Business and Kislaya Prasad, academic director, hosted a conversation with two trade experts about the global trade outlook for 2021, specifically how the post-Covid environment, vaccine distribution, and a new U.S. administration will impact global trade. WATCH VIDEO.

Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace

The Center for Global Business held its annual Distinguished Speakers Series in International Business during International Education Week on "Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace". Smith School alumni discussed the importance of a global mindset in today's business environment. WATCH VIDEO.

Catherine Mann, Global Chief Economist at Citibank

The Center for Global Business and Academic Director Kislaya Prasad hosted a conversation with Catherine Mann, global chief economist at Citibank, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The conversation centered on how the COVID-19 global pandemic has affected the global economy and what an economic recovery could look like in a post-pandemic world, specifically focusing on the relationship between fiscal and monetary policy and how these policies contribute to bolstering private sector activity.

EY CEO on How to Build, Think and Be in the New Economy

A commitment to seeking digital solutions, investing in technology and putting people first isn’t just how EY has weathered the global health crisis and ensuing economic upheaval. It’s part of the strategy that young people hoping to make a difference in the corporate workforce should embrace, the CEO and global chairman of the powerhouse professional services firm told a Maryland Smith audience on Sept. 8, 2020.

Global Trade During COVID 19: WTO Response

Kislaya Prasad, academic director of the Center for Global Business hosted Emmanuelle Ganne of the World Trade Organization to discuss the "Global Trade During COVID 19: WTO Response." Topics discussed included how global trade has been impacted by the pandemic, WTO's responses worldwide, tools it has to support the economic recovery, and how countries are thinking about the future of trade, through the lens of an expert from the WTO.

Women Know Global: A Conversation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce President

In conversation with Suzanne Clark, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in celebration of Women’s History Month at Maryland Smith. Focus is on the U.S. Chamber’s goals for global trade and new workforce development initiatives, Clark’s career path, and the challenges and opportunities for women in international business.

Year-Ahead Predictions 2020, the A.T. Kearney Report

Kislaya Prasad, academic director of CGB and Erik Peterson, partner and managing director of the global business policy council at A.T. Kearney, have a discussion on the ten significant trends and events that will impact the global business environment this year. Access the report.

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