Globalization Lecture Series

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Dr. Iveta Radicova (November 2013): former Prime Minister of Slovakia and a key player in the European Union’s (EU) debate regarding the bailout of indebted member nations spoke on European Financial Stability.” The lecture developed the recent history and economic factors leading up to financial troubles of Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain and the politics of dealing with that. Dr. Eva Havelkova, a top gender expert in the EU, accompanied Dr. Radicova. Dr. Havelhova spoke regarding current efforts to deal with the problem of human trafficking.

Dr. Mariano Croce (March 2012): Professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina presented the lecture “Euro Zone: in Search of Fiscal Discipline that focused to a great extent on current and historical economic trends in Italy, Spain and Greece.

Anna Kao (March 2011): Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Atlanta, presented the lecture “Taiwan and the U.S.: Partners in Trade, Friendship and Democracy." Ms. Kao discussed the significant economic and business links between the United States and Taiwan. In addition, her talk emphasized Taiwan’s role in cooperating with the U.S and other nations to help create an atmosphere that fosters peace and prosperity. She also discussed Taiwan’s role as a world citizen in areas such as environmental responsibility, cooperation on healthcare and disaster relief.

Walt Jackson (January 2010): managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Company, spoke on “Financing on a Global Scale: An Overview of the Investing and Lending in the Current Financing Environment”. This talk included an overview of the recent financial market turmoil and downturn, an unofficial analysis of the state markets and a framework for how to recognize the pitfalls of bad investment decisions.

Dr. Sebastian Vaduva (February 2009): Dean of the Griffiths School of Management at Emanuel University of Oradea in Oradea, Romania presented the lecture “The Economic Integration of Romania into the European Union.” In his lecture, Dr. Vaduva highlighted the many difficult fiscal and economic challenges Romania encountered, after forty years of Marxist economics, in its efforts to achieve EU membership.

Emily B. Brinkmoeller (April 2008): former Managing Director of the World Trade Center Illinois presented the lecture “Leadership Today: Owning Your Future in the Global Marketplace”. This talk highlighted the challenges emerging leaders face from competition on a world wide scale and the specific attributes that young business leaders must embrace in order to rise above these challenges.

L. Patrick Henry(April 2007):manager of the Public Sector Services Practice of Emerging Markets Group in Washington, DC. presented the lecture “Business Expertise for Sustainable Development.” This lecture addressed the role of international consulting businesses and their impact on assisting developing economies to adopt democratic practices and economic openness.

John Lenton (September 2005): former Senior Vice President of American Express Europe presented the lecture “Two Cheers for Globalization: The Pervasive Influence of Globalization in Every Walk of Life.” The Lenton lecture focused on the notion that a worker based almost anywhere in the world can enjoy a relatively high standard of living because of the astonishing strides made in communication and information technology.

Stanislav Peciar (September 2004): former UN Labor delegate of the Slovak Republic, presented the lecture “Slovakia: The New Economic Tiger of Europe.” This presentation focused on a former Marxist nation that in only 15 years rose from a completely bankrupt economy to the 20th best country to invest in according to the World Bank.
Decosimo Lecture Series on Global Business: Speakers