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Travel Tales:
True Stories from First-Time International Travelers

September 18, 2014

Join us for an exciting evening of live storytelling by young people from throughout the Pittsburgh community who had the opportunity to travel abroad during the summer after their Junior year of high school. The most recent cohort of 2014 Global Travel Scholars will be joined by several past participants to reflect on their experience as a first-time traveler outside of the country and on the impact it has had.

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KQV Global Press Conference
Understanding the Global Energy Market

September 20, 2014

This half-hour radio program will feature Karen Harbert, President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.She will discuss "Understanding the Global Energy Market” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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KQV Global Press Conference
Climate Change: An Unconventional Threat to National Security

September 21, 2014

This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. David Titley, Retired Rear Admiral with the US Navy and Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Pennsylvania State University. He will discuss "Climate Change: An Unconventional Threat to National Security” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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Public Policy Discussion & Luncheon: Beyond 2012 - A U.K. Perspective on the Global Economy
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Beyond 2012: A U.K. Perspective on the Global Economy

Danny Lopez
British Consul General in New York

October 29, 2012

12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

By late 2008, the global economy was in free fall. As U.S. markets began to break under the pressure of volatile securities and an escalating mortgage crisis, a world-wide domino-effect soon followed. Global markets were feeling the strain, perhaps none so much as on the other side of the Atlantic. With markets intricately linked, the U.S. and European economic downturn ushered in the “Great Recession” as a global economic crisis. For the next four years, the modus operandi for most governments around the world — even the most stable ones — became a policy of fiscal containment.

Fast-forward to 2012, and the European sovereign debt crisis continues to make international headlines.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the champion of austerity, but her position in Europe was weakened by the election of a new French President, socialist François Hollande, in April. Greece continues to remain a point of contention, as the “Troika” looks to slash budgets and reconcile Greece’s enormous debt burden. Yet with all of the discussion about mainland Europe, how is the U.S.’s closest regional ally handling its recovery from the worst economic slowdown in 80 years?

The stability of the euro zone — the U.K.’s largest export market — remains a priority for market analysts, government leaders, and policy makers. But other concerns linger, as rebounding from recent hits to the pound sterling and a struggling manufacting base have added to the long to-do list of the U.K.’s fragile recovery. What are the perspectives from across the Atlantic? Join the Council for a conversation on the U.K.’s view of the global economy, and what our neighbor across the pond is doing to mount a comeback.

Danny Lopez is the British Consul General in New York and responsible for increasing the U.K.’s foreign policy, national security, and economic activity in the United States. His office covers New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and part of Connecticut. He is on the Board of U.K. Trade and Investment, the overseas commercial arm of the British government. Mr. Lopez formerly worked as the Group Director for Business Support and Promotion for the Mayor of London’s London Development Agency (LDA). He began his career at Barclays Bank, working in many senior positions including Business Development Director in India. Mr. Lopez then joined U.K. Trade and Investment where he helped British businesses find success in international markets. Mr. Lopez has a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in International Economics and Finance from the University of Essex.

Costs
Council Members: $45 | Non-members: $65 | Table of eight (8): $360

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Participants must register to attend. No-shows and cancellations after October 25, 2012 will be charged.

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

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