VIII The International Business Exchange

The annual gathering, which is hosted by the Italian Business and Investment Initiative, has evolved in scale and scope into: “The International Business Exchange. Investing in Italy and a New Europe“.

On February 22 2018, at the Time Warner Building in New York, leaders from Europe, Italy and the US debated the economic climate across the Atlantic, the infrastructure opportunities, the role of education and the impact of US tax reform on Europe.

February 22 2018 Presentations by Jere Sullivan (Edelman), Daniel Mahler (A.T. Kearney), Matteo Tamburini (Studio Gnudi).

AGENDA

February 22 2018 –  7.00 a.m.
10 ON THE PARK, AT TIME WARNER CENTER – New York.

7:00 AM
CHECK-IN AND ILLY COFFEE


8:05 – 8:15 AM

OPENING REMARKS
Simone Crolla, Managing Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Italy
Fernando Napolitano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Italian Business & Investment Initiative


8:15 – 8:30 AM

TRUST AND INFLUENCE RELEVANCE & GROWTH INDEX
Jere Sullivan, Vice Chairman of Public Affairs, Edelman
Daniel Mahler, Partner and Head of Americas, A.T. Kearney


8:30 – 9:15 AM

MAKING THE CASE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS OPERATIONS
In 2017, the public and private sector endured—and sometimes led—a dramatic evolution of sustainability in business. We witnessed leaps forward and backward on renewable energy, human rights and immigration. As a result, U.S. and European companies across industries navigated how to best address environmental and social challenges, while maximizing their revenues. This discussion will cover the year ahead in sustainable business.
Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs in conversation with
Chris Viehbacher, Managing Partner, Gurnet Point Capital


9:15 – 10:00 AM

ECONOMIC AUTONOMY IN AN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD
Europe has experienced tremendous transformation in the past two years, marked by the Brexit vote, Catalonia’s independence referendum, and Italy’s Lombardy region’s referendum to vote on greater autonomy. In an interdependent world, how do these changes impact incoming and outgoing investments, economic stability, and the broader global market? Corporate and institutional leaders will provide their unique perspective on these questions, as well as on the effects on businesses with a financial stake in the matter.

MODERATOR:
Pimm Fox, Co-anchor, “Bloomberg Markets AM” and “Bloomberg Surveillance,” Bloomberg Radio
PANELISTS:
Juan Rosell Lastortras, President, Spanish Confederation of Employers Organization
Patrizio Bianchi, Regional Minister for Coordination of the European Policies for Growth, Education, Vocational Training, University, Research & Employment, Emilia-Romagna Regional Government
Bernard Spitz, President, International and Europe, French Employers’ Organization (MEDEF)


10:15 – 11:15 AM

U.S. TAX REFORM: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE GLOBAL MARKET
The recent passage of the U.S. tax bill sent shockwaves through the global economy, with a new set of laws for corporations that hold the potential to reshape how organizations conduct businesses worldwide. The reduced corporate rate, along with the switch to a territorial system, suggests a large change in how U.S. multinationals operate and invest worldwide, especially across the Atlantic, where relationships run deep. Economists and tax experts will discuss what this reform means for the global economy, and how businesses will adapt to the largest change in the tax code in the past 30 years.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS:
Matteo Tamburini, Partner, Studio Gnudi
MODERATOR:
Donna Rapaccioli, Dean of Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
PANELISTS:
Francois Maisonrouge, Senior Managing Director, Evercore
Alessandro Decio, Chief Executive Officer, SACE
Bob Stack, Managing Director of Washington National and International Tax, Deloitte


11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

EDUCATION, AUTOMATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK
As rapid innovation disrupts industries and fundamentally reshapes the way we work and live, higher education institutions must adapt to prepare the workforce for the next generation of business. Meanwhile, companies must establish a culture of trust to retain and attract employees and customers. The U.S. and Europe are ensuring potential and current talent have the tools to work in an automated future, prioritizing STEM disciplines and engaging in international exchange to bring the best education to their students. Academic leaders and business executives from the U.S. and Italy will explore how countries are fostering the workforce of tomorrow through innovative education and collaboration.

PANELISTS:
Mark W. Nelson, Dean of SC Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Gianmario Verona, Rector, Bocconi University
Guido Nola, Senior Country Officer, Italy, J.P. Morgan


12:00 – 12:30 PM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Jeffrey Hedberg, Chief Executive Officer, Wind Tre


12:30 – 1:00 PM

CLOSING REMARKS
Stuart Zimmer, Chief Executive Officer, Zimmer Partners


1:00 – 2:00 PM

COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH – INNOVATIVE ITALIAN CUISINE
Enjoy a complimentary lunch featuring De Cecco pasta, Urbani Tartufi truffles and Ruffino wine, and learn first-hand how Italian companies are using innovation and technology to re-imagine age-old culinary traditions.

Photo Gallery 2018 New York

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