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Activities and Events

Upcoming Events

September 11, 2018

Mike Gunner
MIKRON General Manager

Florencia Saldias
MIKRON Finance and HR Director (invited).

September 18, 2018
Alexis Horowitz-Burdick

Founder, Luxola (invited).

Gibson IER Lecture

Please contact Melanie Ellison, Program Manager, for more information

October 18-20, 2018

Faculty Development in  International Entrepreneurship

Academy of International Business US-West Chapter Annual Conference. October 19, a workshop presented by Patricia McDougall-Covin PhD, Indiana University; and Manuel Serapio PhD, CU Denver.

Past Events

May 15, 2018

World Trade Center, Denver Colorado

Topics at World Trade Day 2018 included:

  • Trade policy & the changing global landscape
  • New General Data Protection Regulations in EU
  • Blockchain for your supply chain
  • China’s One Belt One Road Initiative
  • Investment strategies from Europe to the Middle East

Keynote speaker: Craig Maginness, CEO, ExIn Global Strategies, Author
Rising Above the Rhetoric: Responsibilities of International Business People in this New Era of Trade

Keynote speaker: Rose George, Author and Journalist
Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on your Back, Gas in your Car and Food on your Plate

April 4, 2018

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

Presented by Colonel David Francavilla, U.S. Army, Retired

The program was co-hosted by CU Denver’s Institute for International Business/CIBER and Veteran & Military Student Services. 

With over 12 tours to Saudi Arabia on behalf of the U.S. government, Colonel Francavilla has navigated the nuances of Saudi Arabia. He will 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 orkforce, the “Saudization” of the economy, trade corruption, the Qatar embargo, ISIS implications, and women in the workforce.

David Francavilla is a retired Army Colonel who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and twelve tours in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Korea, and Kosovo. He has served at all levels of command from Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Division Operating Staff, Company Commander, Battalion Commander, Brigade Commander, and Division Chief of Staff. Colonel Francavilla is currently a Field Consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs working with local VA Benefits Administration (VBA), National Cemetery Administration, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and other veteran services organizations. He holds dual master degrees in business administration and strategic studies and a BA in zoology and chemistry. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, US Army Command and General Staff College, and U.S. Army War College.

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