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International Executive Roundtable Series

IER and Reynolds Distinguished Lecture Congresswoman DeGette
IER and Reynolds Distinguished Lecture Congresswoman DeGette
The International Executive Roundtable Series, an initiative begun by the Institute for International Business in 1989, is a forum where international executives and government officials meet with university faculty to discuss the international components of the speakers fields. Through these discussions, we broaden and educate faculty about international business practices and experiences of executives in the global marketplace. Faculty can then pass on real work expertise to their students and also gain valuable research insights. Since its inception, International Executive Roundtables have been expanded to include faculty from Colorado Christian University, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, University of Denver and Community College of Denver.




October 9, 2018

Opportunities and Challenges of Economic Development and Higher Education in South Africa

Drs. Margaret Cullen and Andre Calitz, Nelson Mandela University​​

September 20, 2018

Carole Ann Jemal-Gibson and Greg Gibson Distinguished Lecture

Mr. Henry Tsuei, Managing Director, Asia, UATP​

September 11, 2018

Mikron Lecture

Dr. Mike Gunner, General Manager, Mikron Corporation Denver

"Mikron--Growing a Global Automation Company in the United States


Dr. Gunner will discuss the changes that Mikron has made to address the evolving market in the USA, including a new apprenticeship program to meet the challenges of a tight labor market.

Florencia Saldias 

MIKRON Finance and HR Director (invited).

April 25, 2018

Deiadra Swartz

Compliance Officer of Trade Policy, Sanctions and International Relations at Jeppesen

“Trade Challenges in a Changing World”

The lecture explored what is going on in the world of trade and why it matters to the US. The discussion focused on the following topics:

China-US Trade Relations – tough talk, retaliatory tariffs, and its impact on international business.

Russia, Ukraine, and Cri-me-a River – making sense of the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act.

Cuba, A Long Way to Go – close in geography but worlds apart when it comes to trade relations.

Iran Deal in a World of Uncertainty – post-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with an eye towards the future.

NAFTA Renegotiations – direct and indirect impact on international business.


April 4, 2018

Colonel David Francavilla

U.S. Army, Retired, Company Executive Officer, Division Operating Staff, Company Commander, Battalion Commander, Brigade Commander, and Division Chief of Staff

“Political and Cultural Developments in Saudi Arabia: Implications for Business”

With over 12 tours to Saudi Arabia on behalf of the U.S. government, Colonel Francavilla has navigated the nuances of Saudi Arabia. He discussed the emerging political and cultural trends that affect doing business in Saudi Arabia, including implications from history and the role of culture and religion. Other topics included trade and economic indicators, US market share, the expat workforce, the “Saudization” of the economy, trade corruption, the Qatar embargo, ISIS implications, and women in the workforce.


February 15, 2018

Dr. Kevin MacGabhann

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of International Relations at the University of Strasbourg, France and Associate Professor in International Management

“Managing and Leading in a Globally Diverse Environment”

His research interests include intercultural management, cross-cultural training, diversity management, and international education. In addition to his academic interests, Dr. MacGabhann consults in the areas of cross-cultural executive training and intercultural management to multinational companies such as Merck-Milipore, Steelcase, Pierre Lannier, and others. He holds a PhD in management sciences from the University of Strasbourg.


February 8, 2018

Mr. Sai Gundavelli

Founder and CEO of Solix Technologies, Inc.

“How A (Analytics), B (Big Data), C (Cloud), and D (Data) will Transform Companies and the Opportunities it Presents”

Under Mr. Gundavelli’s leadership, Solix Technologies pioneered the concept of Enterprise Data Management, providing the first worldwide infrastructure platform to manage data across all segments of Enterprise Data. Prior to founding Solix Technologies, Inc., Mr. Gundavelli spearheaded several strategic initiatives in enterprise application areas at CISCO Systems and Arix Corporation. He holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s from Osmania University. Mr. Gundavelli is an advisory board member of the Institute for International Business.


January 30, 2018

Mr. Joe Assell

President and CEO

“GOLFTEC: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Journey from Start-Up to World Leader”

As co-founder of GOLFTEC, Mr. Assell has led the company to become the world’s leading provider of golf instruction. GOLFTECH is a fact-based golf instruction system that combines the skills of certified golf coaches with a patented blend of video, motion analysis, impact analysis, and biofeedback technology aimed at helping golfers improve their golf skills. Since its founding in 1995, GOLFTEC has expanded its operations to over 200 GOLFTEC Improvement Centers in almost all major U.S. cities, as well as in Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea, and employs more than 700 individuals globally. Mr. Assell will share the challenges that he experienced as this Denver-based company expanded its operations into international markets.​



December 5, 2017

Dr. David Collings

Professor of Human Resource Management and Associate Dean for Research at Dublin City University

“Meeting Talent Needs in Multinational Enterprises: Integrating Global Mobility and Global Talent Management”

Although global mobility represents an important element of the talent management systems of many multinational enterprises, researchers and practitioners have largely explored the two areas independently. Dr. Collings will discuss how the integration of global mobility and global talent management can contribute to the success of multinational enterprises, as well as the challenges that have prevented integration.


December 1, 2017

“Talk on Japan, Walk in the US”

This program was presented by the IIB International Student Business Network in cooperation with the Japanese Consulate General of Japan Denver. Its purpose was to provide Business School students and faculty the opportunity to further the friendly relationships begun during the program and for the future. Panelists included:

·       Ambassador Ken Shimanouchi, Special Assistant to the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy for United Nations Affairs

·       Consul General Hiroto Hirakoba, Consulate General of Japan Denver

·       Lt. General Toshimichi Nagaiwa, retired: “The military situation in Japan, especially in relation to North Korea”

·       Takeshi Nishikawa: “Job hunting and the overall recruitment system for university students in Japan”

·       Hitomi Wada: “Running a company as a female entrepreneur in Japan”

·       Eri Ozaki: “The cultural differences between Japan and US”

“Walk in US, Talk on Japan” is a grassroots exchange program, established in 2014 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose purpose is to deepen understanding between Japan and the US at the national and individual levels. “Walk in US, Talk on Japan” provided students and faculty the opportunity to develop friendly relationships initiated in the course of the program and to continue into the future. The program is rooted in the belief that exchanges between Japanese people and a broad, diverse range of Americans — focused on regional cities where there are fewer opportunities to know and appreciate Japan — can nurture the Japan-US friendship at a grassroots level.


November 7, 2017

Devin Fidler

Principal of Rethinkery Labs

“Rethinking Work”

In recent months there has been quite a bit of conversation about the impact that new technologies could have on jobs. However, what if “jobs” are not the primary way that we think about work in the future? This International Executive Roundtable lecture will explore the cluster of emerging issues and technologies with the potential to change the way that we get things done. It will address some of the specific new innovations and approaches today that could provide clues as to what future companies might look like.

Devin Fidler has worked with senior leaders at dozens of Fortune 1000 companies to systematically explore emerging issues and technologies, and to analyze their potential impacts. His ongoing work at Rethinkery Labs, including developing tools for “self-driving” management, has been covered by Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, Wired and a number of other publications. Devin argues that today, companies themselves, are a technology on the verge of disruption.


October 3, 2017

Roman Yavich

Co-founder and Director of Operations of Comunidad Connect

“Principles and pitfalls of international engagement”

Comunidad Connect, a nonprofit social enterprise that combines sustainable tourism with community-based development work, was founded in 2007 in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Working on a shoestring budget with local residents and leaders, public institutions, and the private sector, Comunidad Connect restored a neglected community space into a bustling multi-use recreational facility for over 2000 athletes, launched the first municipal recycling program, and instituted programs in water filtration and youth development, as well rural healthcare, all in partnership with local partners and community leaders. A large portion of Comunidad Connect’s funding comes from its Cultural Connections program: guided cultural exchanges and group volunteer trips that focus on rural development, social enterprise, and health. Nearly 400 US students and volunteers experience Nicaragua and meet and work with Nicaraguans through Comunidad Connect annually.

After completing studies in business and economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006, Mr. Yavich received a Fulbright Grant to research the impact of tourism on the community, economy, and environment of Nicaragua. Following the yearlong research project, he co-founded Comunidad Connect. In addition to acting as the Director of Operations, Mr. Yavich serves as Treasurer on Comunidad Connect’s Board of Directors. He is originally from Ukraine and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Environmental Science from SUNY-ESF.


September 26, 2017

Mr. Chris Lo

Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Los Angeles Office

“Hong Kong as a Business Gateway to Asia for US Exporters and Entrepreneurs”

Ranked as the world’s freest economy for 23 consecutive years, Hong Kong has been an enabling platform for global business to extend their development in Asia, raise capitals for further growth, and partner for international trade along the value chain from R&D, sourcing and manufacturing, marketing and distributing, to financing and risk management. Hong Kong Trade Development Council is a statutory organization responsible for promoting lateral trade and investment for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with 46 offices around the globe.


May 8, 2017

Dr. Chew Soo Hong

Professor and Provost’s Chair at the National University of Singapore

“Haze and Decision Making: A Natural Laboratory Experiment”

Haze is an international challenge and its adverse impact on health and related economic outcomes has received increasing attention. It is also a brand new global risk factor. Dr. Chew led a natural laboratory experiment in Beijing over five days in October 2012 to investigate the causal effect of haze directly on decision-making. Results of this experiment found that increased haze yields a rise in risk tolerance, more impatience, more selfishness, greater inequity aversion, less cooperativeness, less optimal behavior, and a lower motive to win. Overall findings link haze to real world economic phenomena that influence the stock market, human capital, and crime.


May 2, 2017

Katy Chen

Tiffany & Company, Director of Global Sales Strategy

“Tiffany & Company: A Global Overview”

Tiffany & Co began in 1837 when Charles Lewis Tiffany arrived in New York, and was redefined in 1853 to create a vision of spectacular beauty, glamour, and worldly style. Its first mail order catalog, the Blue Book, was published in 1845. As of 2014, the company operates 298 stores: 121 in the Americas, 72 in Asia Pacific, 54 in Japan, 37 in Europe, and 5 in emerging markets. Its products include diamonds, colored gemstones, fragrances, sterling silver, china, crystal, and stationery.


April 27, 2017

Clayton Dube

Director of the University of Southern California’s US-China Institute

“China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative”

One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is a key pillar of China’s new going global strategy and a critical driver for enhancing China’s leadership position in the global economy. Championed by President Xi Jinping, OBOR has become a national strategy supported throughout all of China’s levels of government. The cornerstones of OBOR are the Silk Road Economic Belt (from China through countries on the original Silk Road: Central Asia, West Asia, the Middle East, and Europe) and the Maritime Silk Road (from China through contiguous waterways to countries on the maritime trade routes).


April 18, 2017

Dr. Lloyd S. Lewan

Institute for Shipboard Education, Chairman of the Board

“Semester at Sea: The Bureaucrat vs. The Entrepreneur”

Using innovative techniques to build a highly successful international, experiential learning program for college students.


April 4, 2017

Craig Conway

Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM)

“Security Implications of North American Economic Integration”

Mr. Conway supports the Commands’ initiatives to strengthen security partnerships with Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and other nations. He also provides the Commander and her staff with diplomatic expertise on a range of global threats and challenges, from transnational crime and terrorism to North Korean missile provocations. Previously he served as an advisor to Representative William Keating of Massachusetts, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. He has been a member of the U.S. Foreign Service since 1999, holding positions in Washington, Poland, Germany, and Colombia. Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Conway pursued doctoral studies in European History. He holds an MA in History from the University of Wisconsin and a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Minnesota.


March 29, 2017

Mr. Tom Russo

President, Russo on Energy LLC

“Will NAFTA’s repeal threaten US natural gas exports to Mexico and global markets, and what will this look like from the Mexican perspective?”

Mr. Russo is an energy and environmental expert with regulatory skills in energy infrastructure, impact assessment, markets, and physical/cybersecurity. Prior to founding the consulting firm Russo on Energy LLC in May 2015, he worked for over 30 years as a manager and senior energy industry analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During that time, he amassed experience in hydropower licensing, NEPA environmental impact assessment of projects, business process reengineering, and natural gas and crude oil market oversight. He also authored the energy chapter of the Handbook of Environmental Assessment (Blackwell Science), advised the World Commission of Dams and the World Bank Group on energy projects, and is a popular speaker on energy and environmental issues. Mr. Russo holds an MBA in Finance from George Washington University, an MS in Biology from the University of Alabama, and is a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP).


February 6, 2017

Jim Marchiori

Executive Director of CU Denver Business School’s GEM Program

“Principles of Global Energy”

The energy industry makes modern life possible, but also impacts the environment and the public, leading to strong disagreement about how to produce and deliver energy. The good news is that there is more agreement than many think. In order to move forward, we need to agree on what we agree on, and acknowledge that agreement, before we try to debate where we disagree. Mr. Marchiori will introduce ten principles intended to establish common ground for further energy discussions.

GEM is an innovative, 18-month, hybrid in-person/online MS program focused on managing within the world’s energy portfolio. Jim Marchiori has been GEM’s executive director since 2013. Before that, his career of developing talent in the oil and gas industry spanned nearly 30 years where he worked with companies including International Human Resources Development Corporation, Scimitar Oils Limited, S.A. (Dubai Natural Gas Company), and DCP Midstream. Mr. Marchiori holds a BA in Political Science/International Relations from Michigan State University and an MBA from Stanford.​


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