Fisher International Business Forum Brings Leaders Together to Discuss Innovation and Sustainability
On Sunday, November 14, the 2010 Fisher International Business Forum brought together industry and thought leaders for a discussion focused on sustainability and innovation. “It was a truly inspirational event because everyone involved was so genuinely interested in focusing on solutions, on how we can pull ourselves out of the recession through innovation and sustainable solutions,” says Carter Chapman (MBA ’11) who was in charge of marketing for the forum, which was held at the Monterey Museum of Art.
Ambassador Alan Wolff, former U.S. deputy trade representative and currently director of the Monterey Institute’s International Trade and Development Policy Initiative, was quoted in Wednesday’s New York Times in an article titled “After China’s Rare Earth Embargo, a New Calculus.” The article explores the issues surrounding a recent undeclared embargo by China on exports of so-called “rare earth” minerals.
Yu-ling connects her illicit trade coursework with the issue of urban-rural migration in China.
Originally from Hong Kong, Yu-ling Elaine Lai is currently an anthropology major at Skidmore College. She has studied abroad in the Czech republic, learning to speak Czech almost fluently, and volunteered in many countries. In the future, she hopes to conduct further research on Chinese rural-urban immigrant workers.
Three nationally-recognized leaders will address current issues in international trade policy, including America’s global economic engagement, the significance of manufacturing and the future of U.S. – China trade, in a public lecture series hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Global Trade and Development Initiative. Each speaker will address the topic of “American Business in the World Today” from individual perspectives informed by their extensive experience within both government trade policy circles and private industry.
Twelve undergraduate students from Shandong University are currently participating in a three week summer training course in Global Trade and Development at the Monterey Institute. As a part of the program the students took part in a re-enactment of China’s 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization. Each student had a role as a representative of either China or one of eleven other members of the WTO and presented their own written remarks as part of their training.
Daniel Hadley and Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley are two of a growing number of students taking advantage of the language and international policy learning opportunities available at both Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The husband-and-wife pair will study Chinese at Middlebury College this summer before entering the International Policy Studies program at the Monterey Institute in the fall.
When the stock market dropped almost a thousand points in half an hour amid concerns about debt levels in Greece and other European nations, local NBC affiliate KSBW-8 (Monterey-Salinas) called on the faculty at the Monterey Institute of International Studies for expert commentary.
At the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Alan Wolff, director of the Monterey Institute’s International Trade and Development Policy Initiative, recently participated in a workshop in economic diplomacy as a part of Vietnam’s push to accelerate foreign direct investment.
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Ambassador Alan Wolff has a distinguished career of public service that spans the fields of international trade, legislative and public policy and litigation with a special emphasis on the renewable and clean energy industry. He currently leads Dewey & LeBoeuf's International Trade Practice Group, which has been credited with helping to open international markets for American products including semiconductors, computer parts, telecommunications equipment, soda ash and forest products, consumer photographic film and paper, and insurance and other services. Mr.